Harvard Alumni Seek Inspirational MBA Stories

Posted by: Francesca Di Meglio on December 30, 2009

Few people are looking forward to the new year as much as most MBAs. In 2009, MBAs got a bad rep for the role that some of them played in the economic crisis. MBAs are looking for a clean slate. Harvard Business School (Harvard Full-Time MBA Profile) MBAs, Daniel Gulati, Oliver Segovia, and John Coleman, are hoping to usher in hope in 2010 with a new book, they recently told the Harbus, the HBS student newspaper. The trio is spearheading a new book featuring 30 young Harvard MBAs and their inspirational stories.

Reimagining Leadership: How a New Breed of MBAs Is Rebuilding Capitalism from Within is expected to be about the evolution of leadership and will feature “reflections on issues central to leadership, business, and globalization in the 21st century,” according to the article.

Gulati, Segovia, and Coleman are encouraging recent Harvard MBAs to come forward with their inspirational life stories for consideration to be among the 30 featured in the book. While some MBAs might have been greedy and got caught up in the frenzy on Wall Street and elsewhere, Gulati said in the article, there are still many MBAs doing good work:

Many journalists have accused Harvard Business School alumni as being arrogant and greedy. This really reinforces negative, false stereotypes. But it also hides the fact that there are a lot of young people doing some really great things in the world right now, in their own startups, in the financing space, for the environment, in huge companies and in the non-profit sector.

One way, the creators add, to remind people of the positives that MBAs can bring to society is publishing a book like this one. Leave your nominations for MBAs who represent a new breed of businesspeople in the comments below, whether they are from HBS or another program. Feel free to nominate yourselves, too.

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Vamsi Tetali

December 30, 2009 10:57 PM

Please stop saying MBAs have caused the economic crisis. The crisis was caused by a multitude of factors that evolved from government intervention. If you're committed to landing the blame on someone please conduct an independent objective investigation before you do so.

MBAs are the best and most intellectual among people. None of their actions could possibly be with the intention of causing mass economic hysteria.

Your magazine is an important representative of this set of people. Please do not insult and betray them by accepting the government's explanation for this economic crisis.


January 6, 2010 06:50 PM

Many MBAs are working for non-profit organizations and governments. Many (both graduates and students) do volunteer work in their spare time.


January 6, 2010 06:52 PM

I blame the Great Recession on the regulators (SEC, Treasury Dept, Fed Reserve Board) who allowed our commercial banks to fill their coffers with toxic assets.


January 11, 2010 05:35 PM

MBAs are a bunch of lemmings incapable of leading the economy to such a point of disaster...collective greed and poor incentives/moral hazard are to blame...mba's are guilty in so far as they were clueless as to what was going on...

@Vamsi Tetali

March 23, 2010 09:40 PM

The Law of Karma also applies to MBAs.

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