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december 2005

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Baker Outreach: Bringing History to Today's Research

Research associate Mark Rennella, who has a PhD in American History, was ascending the stairs inside Baker Library recently when his eyes fell on a display case showcasing materials from Historical Collections. "I was drawn to the materials on emerging global markets," Rennella says. "They resonate with my own work on Boston in the late nineteenth century, which analyzes the effect of global travel on intellectual and cultural history in Boston." On further review, Rennella recognized an opportunity to consult the materials in the writing of his forthcoming book, The Boston Cosmopolitans: Artists and Intellectuals Encounter the World, 1865–1915.

Rennella's experience is one that Karen Bailey, Outreach Program Lead for Historical Collections, hopes to duplicate many times in the coming years. The recently launched outreach program's goal is to bring the historical collections into the daily life of the HBS and HU community, and to the public as well. This means identifying materials from thousands of manuscripts and printed resources spanning seven centuries, ranging from textile manufacturing to business ethics, and integrating these materials into HBS's teaching, learning, and research programs. It also means leveraging what the School knows, in a multitude of forms and formats, so it can be used in the classroom, via the Web, and in faculty seminars and research programs.

Bailey is organizing physical and virtual exhibits, faculty seminars, and research programs to ensure that the past help inform the present, and to ensure the future does not repeat too many of the same mistakes. The first outreach program focused on market bubbles, and includes a Baker lobby exhibit of materials documenting the South Sea Bubble, a virtual exhibit, and the soon-to-be-launched multimedia capsule on the parallels between the South Sea Bubble and the Internet Bubble.

Thanks to the de Gaspé Beaubien family, the Outreach Program begins what will hopefully be a long and successful journey toward bringing the lessons of history into today's context.

The collections are available for use in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room, located on the first floor of Baker Library adjacent to the historic lobby. Digital copies of some of the collections can be found online.

Contact: Historical Collections.

Spotlight on Historical Collections

Khurana Uses Baker to Trace Development of Managerial Education

When HBS professor Rakesh Khurana decided to do research on the development of managerial education and business schools, he only had to walk a few hundred feet from his office to dig deep into primary sources.

Khurana has used Baker Library's Historical Collections extensively to study this transformation in mission of managerial education and the still-contested question of whether management is truly a profession. His new book, From Higher Aims to Hired Hands: The Social Transformation of American Business Education, will be published by Princeton University Press in late 2006 or early 2007. At the conclusion of his previous book Searching for a Corporate Savior: The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs, Khurana asked to what extent business schools had contributed to the logic and legitimacy of CEO compensation. "I decided to look at the founding of university-based business schools, to look at the source of those ideas," he said. That led Khurana to Baker's Historical Collections.

"This is the kind of research I could only do at HBS," says Khurana. "I have support and the willingness to discuss these ideas. Historical Collections was great. The material is fantastic and the people are fantastic."

Using the archives both when they were housed temporarily at 145 North Harvard and later at the re-opened Baker, he researched documents on the founding principles and activities of HBS and of other schools, too, in addition to primary materials related to the American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business, the minutes of all AACSB meetings between 1916 and 1946, and materials from the Ford Foundation. Khurana also used the Columbia University archives and the Ford Foundation archives (which are actually maintained by the Ford Foundation) in New York City.

As we think about business education for the twenty-first century, says Khurana, it is critical to ask how management as a profession has been defined, how it has evolved, and how it has diverged from its founders' intentions.

How has the mission of university business schools evolved?

"If the early founders came back," said Khurana, "they would be very impressed by the quality of business school research, the faculty, and the institution of business education in American society. They would, however, question the idea of our unwillingness to give students a normative direction as to where and how they should apply the skills they learn. For the founders, character and competence went hand in hand."

"University business schools were founded at the dawn of the industrial revolution," he concluded, asking, "How will they adapt in post-industrial revolution society?"

Contact: Historical Collections

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Information Mine

Print Resources for Tracking New Technologies

While Baker tries to make most resources available remotely, we can't always negotiate affordable site licenses. We have several print periodicals that are extremely useful for tracking new technologies. People interested in emerging technologies or careers in venture capital may want to look at the print periodicals listed below. Current issues of these titles are available in the Stamps Reading Room of Baker Library:

Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report – This monthly publication analyzes events and trends in commercial nanotechnology.

Gilder Technology Report – Idiosyncratic views of how technology is shaping the economic environment. Focuses on communications technologies.

In Vivo – Monthly analysis of news, deals, and capital market developments affecting all sectors of the health care and life sciences industry.

Release 1.0 – Esther Dyson's quarterly report on emerging big picture trends in technology, communications and the Internet.

Start-Up – Publishes profiles of new companies, analyzes technology trends, reports on VC investment trends and on university tech transfer licensing in the pharmaceutical/healthcare area.

Venture Capital Analyst: Healthcare Edition – Tracks and analyzes venture capital activity in biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and healthcare services.

Venture Capital Analyst: Technology Edition – Profiles venture capital activity in six technology sectors: networking and communications, wireless, enterprise software and services, data center, consumer technologies, and semiconductors.

Research Tip

Sources for Researching Smaller Industries

Many of our electronic resources focus on large industries of interest to investors. For hard-to-find statistics or information on niche industries try:

TableBase
(Harvard users only)
Information in table format from journal articles, government documents, and publications of industry organizations.

Special Issues
(HBS campus only)
Useful for identifying special issues of industry trade journals that provide outlooks, surveys, and statistical reports. Also good for marketing information on small industries.
Tip: Check the Find It @Harvard Citation Linker, and the Baker Online Catalog for journal availability.

Associations Unlimited
(Harvard users only)
Associations can be great sources of information. It's worth calling the associations directly, even if their Web pages don't have the exact information you're looking for. This database provides descriptions of associations and links to their Web pages.
Tip: Use the Custom Search. In addition to your subject terms, select Trade, Business, and Commercial Organizations under the subject category.


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