Leading HBS Thinkers to Speak This Week

Did you ever think you would graduate without hearing the insights of some of the most innovative HBS professors? Think you would only learn Michael Porter’s ideas on strategy by reading Harvard Business Review or develop an understanding of disruptive technologies by reading Clay Christensen’s book, The Innovator’s Dilemma?

Well, thanks to David Margalit (OB), organizer of the SA Thought Leadership Speaker Series, some of the Business School’s most famous professors will be speaking every day this week on campus.

SA Thought Leadership Speaker Series

Michael Porter
3:30pm, Tuesday, April 17th
Spangler Auditorium

Clayton Christensen
3:30pm, Wednesday, April 18th
Spangler Auditorium

Tom Eisenmann
3:00pm, Thursday, April 19th
Aldrich 110

Rosabeth Moss Kanter
4:30pm, Thursday, April 19th
Aldrich 109

The series will be kicked off on Tuesday by Michael Porter, the king of strategy, who will share his latest thoughts on strategy in his talk entitled “Strategy: New Learnings”. The talk will be held in Spangler Auditorium on Tuesday, April 17th at 3:30pm.

Next up will be Clayton Christensen, best known for his work on disruptive technologies and his book, The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail. Dr. Christensen’s talk is entitled “How can I know in advance whether something is a high-potential disruptive market opportunity?” He will speak at 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 18th in Spangler Auditorium.

Tom Eisenmann, whose current research explores the returns to Internet businesses from accelerated growth strategies, will speak on Thursday, April 19th at 3:00pm in Aldrich 110. His talk is entitled “Get Big Fast? Promise and Peril on the Path to the Evernet”.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a leading thinker on how corporations change, will close the series on Thursday, April 19th at 4:30pm in Aldrich 109, with a talk entitled “Lessons from Evolve! Recovering from the `New Economy Lobotomy'”.

The idea for the series originated from the fact that students often have limited exposure to the tremendous wealth of intellectual capital that is generated by the faculty here at HBS. The 2001 SA Thought Leadership Speaker Series seeks to address this issue by providing students with yet another opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom. This is the first series of its kind in recent history, and perhaps the start of a new HBS tradition. You don’t want to miss it!