Around the globe, HBS’s more than 86,000 alumni are using their leadership and problem solving skills to tackle a wide variety of social and environmental challenges. Problem Solving: HBS Alumni Making a Difference in the World is the culmination of four years of research led by Professor Howard Stevenson and Shirley Spence. The book’s 200+ stories demonstrate the positive role that people trained in business can play in society, working to improve lives and make the world a better place. Motivated by a sense of responsibility and gratitude for the opportunities they have been given, alumni address a range of issues with optimism, rallying others to their cause as they go.

To highlight this important work, Knowledge and Library Services presents an exhibition featuring a small sample of the myriad ways in which alumni are impacting society.

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Harvard Business School

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Howard H. Stevenson papers, 1957-2013

The collection documents the career of Howard H. Stevenson, Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, including his teaching and administrative roles at Harvard Business School, external consulting activities, and work in the private sector. The collection covers a period of about 50 years during which Stevenson was instrumental in the development of the real estate program with Professor William J. Poorvu, built the entrepreneurship program at HBS and in so doing developed entrepreneurship as a recognized academic field, sat on numerous boards of directors, and founded the Baupost Group. Stevenson’s research files include articles, notes, and other material gathered in his work on real estate and entrepreneurship, as well as drafts of published works. The teaching files include cases and course material in real estate, entrepreneurship, and the doctoral program. The administrative files document Stevenson’s administrative functions including his role as Senior Associate Dean and Director of External Relations for Harvard Business School and Senior Associate Provost for Harvard University. The consulting and private sector files include material from a wide range of corporations and nonprofit groups.