"When Harvard met Stanford" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Apr. 30, 2001)

"When Harvard met Stanford" (News: Analysis & Commentary, Apr. 30), reporting that Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business have proposed to merge their entire executive education departments, requires clarification. Harvard Business School says it does not intend to include open-enrollment programs in the joint venture at this time, but it says the two schools will create a new organization to deliver joint programs customized for companies, including online offerings. Such an organization would not be a for-profit entity because it would violate Harvard guidelines, says HBS. The story said that "Harvard and Stanford could use the allure and prestige of the combined brand to launch an executive MBA program, which neither currently offers but both are exploring." HBS says it has no plans to offer an executive MBA at this time, but says both schools have explored the idea.

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