Accountable & Inclusive Dean of Harvard Business School

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University President Bacow & Harvard Board of Overseers, 

The new Dean of Harvard Business School needs to significantly improve HBS' record on diversity and inclusion for all groups (including women and ethnic minorities). HBS' prior inconsistencies in advancing underrepresented groups and the lack of concrete actions to dismantle systemic racism is subpar. HBS has convened an Anti-Racism Task Force, while peer institutions including Stanford GSB, Duke Fuqua and Columbia Business School have put forward robust action plans from the Deans of their respective MBA programs. 

Based on the school's prior efforts as detailed in the case about Harvard Business School (here), Harvard Business School should: 

  1. Provide transparency in diversity data annually: HBS should report on the diversity of its case protagonists, faculty and student body in its annual report. HBS should set targets and provide updates on those targets in their annual report. In the past, the school has set targets for case writing, student enrollment and faculty. None of the past targets have focused on increasing diversity of underrepresented (i.e. Black, Latinx & Native) groups
  2. Firm commitment within 30 days: The current (or to be appointed) Dean must make a firm commitment to tangible action. The current Dean has made no firm commitments regarding dismantling systemic racism. The appointed Dean should make firm commitments within the first 30 days of his or her tenure. Black Alumni and current students have previously shared their requests with zero response or commitment to change. 
  3. Diversify your primary product: HBS earns nearly $300M by selling 80% of cases taught globally. The research the school sells (including cases and case bundles), the faculty it employs (the cases and articles they write), and the students enrolled ought to reflect the diversity of the student, the business environment, the United States or even global trends. HBS is significantly behind on all of these measures relative to Black, Latinx and LGBTQ populations (and their representation among faculty, students, and research). 


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