These are unprecedented times—for the economy and, needless to say, for our own community. We have done a tremendous amount of outreach to help current students and alumni navigate this uncertainty. Yet even amid uncertainty, one thing remains certain: our unique brand of business education, which provides big-picture skills that help students find opportunity in any environment.
At Columbia Business School, students learn through close evaluation and the application of theory to practice. They also study a number of traditional and contemporary topics—from corporate finance and financial accounting to organizational behavior, corporate governance and many others—so that they can become better, whole business leaders with lifelong critical-thinking skills. Times like these demonstrate the long-term value of our approach.
What is more, times like these also show how business schools—their faculty, research and graduates—have a chance to be part of the solution by promoting policy and advancing ideals that will shape reform and behavior in the years to come. In this issue of HERMES, we feature a recent research symposium hosted by the School’s Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics to explore lessons from the current financial crisis. We also highlight business executive and president of Babson College Leonard A. Schlesinger ’73, who talks about the impact and value of a Columbia Business School education.
I often talk about ideas, talent and network as being the critical assets of top business schools like ours. In addition to the rich ideas and deep talent highlighted in this issue, you’ll see another facet of our extraordinary network as we hosted our Pan-Asian Alumni Reunion in Hong Kong from October 24 to 26. The two-day conference brought the School’s unique perspective on global business to an important economy and united more than 400 alumni, faculty and guests from the world over to examine critical, timely economic issues.
The reunion was a powerful reminder that supporting and connecting with the Columbia Business School alumni network is a lasting and wise investment no matter what’s going on around the world.