Clark Leads MBA Program Overhaul

Abhijit M. Ingle has a more useful Web home page than most.

Across the top are links to the home pages of his five classes and below are lists of his assignments for that day and the next as well as messages from professors, all updated automatically every day.

"I was just blown away by what they did," says Ingle, a second-year student at the Harvard Business School (HBS). "They took the Internet to a level I hadn't imagined was possible."

All of the technology that makes these personalized Web pages possible has been implemented in the last year since Business School Dean Kim B. Clark '74 took office.

And it is only the beginning of the changes he has helped institute. As one professor says, the honeymoon is not yet over.


At the beginning of his second year in office, Clark says he feels the changes he has made and those being planned have the school moving in the right direction.

Since he replaced former dean John H. McArthur, Clark has begun what many call a revolution in the way business is taught by vastly increasing the uses of technology in and out of the classroom.

At the same time, he has overhauled the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program at the business school, changing its calendar and adding new elements to its curriculum.

So far, the response from students and faculty alike has been overwhelmingly positive.

At the same time, Clark says many challenges remain. Although he says he is confident in the direction of the school, Clark acknowledges that many of the details are yet to be worked out.

The New MBA

From the moment they apply, prospective HBS students will be able to see the effects of Clark's vision for the MBA program.

This year, for the first time in more than a decade, HBS requires applicants to take the GRE, ending a long prejudice at the school against standardized testing.

Clark says the testing will allow the admissions committee to gather more specific comparative data about individual students, which may help the school admit people from more diverse backgrounds.

"It's really important that people understand that we are creating a program of development experience for our students...that we think it is important in teaching young people to make them leaders for the future," Clark says.

The showpiece of the new curriculum is the "Foundations Program," three courses given to first-year students designed to give them a broader introduction to the world of business while providing them with the quantitative methods they will use over the course of their time at HBS.

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