HBX Media Coverage

One Million by One Million Blog, Jan 27, 2016

Online first or classroom first? This discussion delves into the design principles of the two models.

The Case Centre

In June 2014, Harvard Business School entered the digital learning platform market with HBX CORe, an online programme using cases to teach the fundamentals of business to selected college students and recent company recruits. We revisit this pedagogical experiment that we first wrote about a year ago at the time of its launch.

The Associated Press

The newest classroom at Harvard's business school has no desks or chairs. Instead, the professor teaches facing a towering digital screen that stretches from wall to wall, filled with the live video feeds of up to 60 students tuned in from their computers.

In the futuristic classroom, housed in a television studio 2 miles from campus, class plays out like a giant video conference.

HBS Newsroom, Aug. 25, 2015

HBX formally announced today the launch of HBX Live—a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of HBS’s famed case method in a digital environment. It enables participants from around the world to engage in a dynamic and highly interactive discussion under the direction of a Harvard Business School (HBS) professor.

Poets & Quants

How do you duplicate the magic of the MBA classroom online? How do you nurture valuable networks and supportive communities when students are separated by hundreds or even thousands of miles?

Fortune Insights

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HBS Newsroom

HBX is launching a new online certificate program, HBX Finance: Leading with Finance, developed by professor Mihir A. Desai. The new program provides business leaders with a thorough understanding of the principles of finance and the confidence to clearly communicate those decisions to key internal and external stakeholders.

NPR, Sept. 9, 2015

Professors are experimenting with the same model in this live virtual classroom, with students from all over the world. Sixty monitors bring in students in real-time, from behind their own computers into this single space.

Forbes India

In the summer of 2012, Rohan Chawla (21) landed a job at a leading management consulting firm in New Delhi. But before he could begin work, he had to address what he believed was a critical educational limitation.

MBA Crystal Ball

We shared our review on the HBX CORe program and then followed it up with an interview with the Executive Director of HBX (read it here: Harvard online certificate courses are not just for MBA degree aspirants). We thought it would be fitting to complete the series by finding out what past participants of HBX CORe had to say.

Poets & Quants

Since the debut of Harvard Business School’s online courses two years ago, nearly 11,000 students have enrolled in one of two available offerings. More than 9,000 students signed up for HBX CORe, an eight- to 18-week course in business basics, while over 1,900 have enrolled in Disruptive Strategy with Harvard superstar prof Clayton Christensen.

MBA Crystal Ball

Sameer Kamat interviewed Patrick Mullane (Executive Director, HBX) to get insights into the CORe program philosophy, origins, program structure & delivery, fees, final exam and more.

Business Insider, Aug. 5, 2015

As a "pre-MBA" course, Harvard's HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness) covered the basics of statistics, economics, and accounting using the case study method.

WGBH News, Aug. 25, 2015

As college students return to their brick-and-mortar campuses, Harvard Business School is unveiling a virtual classroom. It's designed to replicate the intimacy of the on campus experience.

Poets & Quants, Aug. 25, 2015

For years, colleges and universities have been imagining what the classroom of the future would look like. Many have tried to create it, with video screens and cameras, even teaching robots. But after three full years of planning and building a unique virtual space, Harvard Business School has truly invented the future classroom and announced the official launch today (Aug. 25) of what it is calling HBX Live!

Hampden-Sydney College Newsroom, August 7, 2015

This agreement will reserve seats and facilitate financial aid for Hampden-Sydney students in future cohorts of HBX CORe, a 150-hour online course spanning the disciplines of Economics, Financial Accounting, and Business Analytics.

HBS Newsroom, July 09, 2015

HBX has formally announced the launch of HBX Courses, a portfolio of online programs designed to help executives and leaders develop new skills based on the research and teaching of Harvard Business School faculty members.

Harvard Business Review, Apr 14, 2015, by Bharat N. Anand, Janice H. Hammond, and V.G. Narayanan

In June 2014, Harvard Business School launched HBX, its new online education initiative. At the time, the norm, increasingly, in many online courses was to create a “lean back”, individualized experience where students would primarily watch streamed video lectures that centered on experts.


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The Economist

MBA programmes—particularly fancy “global” and “executive” ones—are lauded for their internationalism. In a classroom in Bristol a lecturer from Berlin can teach business students from as far afield as Burundi and Belo Horizonte.

Campus Technology

You know you have a truly collaborative online instructional platform when students take selfies of themselves posing on a display with their remote instructors. That has actually transpired with people who experience Harvard Business School's HBX Live virtual classroom.


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The lure of law school never seemed brighter than in the midst of the 2008 recession, when job prospects for college graduates of all types dwindled to a trickle. After all, what could be more recession-proof than a law degree? Plenty, as it turns out.

HBS Newsroom

This past Saturday, nearly 500 students from more than 20 countries gathered on the Harvard Business School (HBS) campus to meet their classmates from HBX online programs and visit the Harvard Business School campus, most for the first time.

Harvard Business School, April 30 2015

Starting in June, HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to applicants admitted to Harvard Law School’s Class of 2018 and to current students on a pilot basis. HLS will subsidize the $1,800 enrollment cost so that the program is available to its students for $250.

Harvard Business School

HBX, Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Özyegin University (Istanbul) to enroll its admitted MBA students in the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program to learn the fundamentals of business before they enter Özyegin’s Graduate School of Business.

Business Insider, Feb 27 2015, By Richard Feloni

This week, Harvard Business School launched an innovative new online education program to the public that it thinks is so far ahead of free online courses that it's worthy of a $1,500 price tag.

Harvard Business School, May 5, 2015

HBX, Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative, has announced that it has entered into agreements to work with several U.S. liberal arts colleges to provide additional benefits for their students taking the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program.

LinkedIn Pulse, Feb 13 2015, By John A Byrne

If you're someone who doesn't have an MBA degree and is unlikely to get one, two of the world's most prestigious business schools have now made it easier for you to learn the business basics in financial accounting, business analytics and managerial economics.

Harvard Crimson, Feb 13 2015, By Hannah Smati

Following its inaugural pilot program, which was accessible to Massachusetts undergraduates, and its subsequent expansion to six corporate clients, HBX-Harvard Business School's digital learning platform-will begin releasing its online set of introductory courses to undergraduates and post-graduates worldwide at the end of the month.

Harvard Business School, Apr 27 2015

HBX announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Amherst College to provide additional benefits for Amherst students participating in the Credential of Readiness (CORe) program. 

Poets & Quants, Feb 10 2015, by John A. Byrne

After a pair of highly successful pilot runs, Harvard Business School is now opening its online program in business basics to students worldwide. The school also is inviting admitted MBA students to enroll in the program as a pre-MBA boot camp experience, particularly for non-traditional admits or those who need more basic quant work before showing up on campus.

CNBC, Feb 8 2015, by Stephanie Landsman

More people are taking their education digital.That approach, which rips a page out of "The Jetsons," may be making the grade, but it could ultimately come at a cost to sprawling university campuses.

Fueled by new technology and those hesitant to leave well-paying jobs to relocate in an unpredictable economy, more universities are offering traditional master of business administration (MBA) programs online. As it happens, the learning curve for them may not be as steep as you think.

Harvard Business School, Jan 14 2015

Registration opened Monday, Jan. 12, for the spring and summer 2015 cohorts of Harvard Business School’s new HBX CORe program, a cutting-edge online learning initiative that provides a primer on the fundamentals of business with a suite of three integrated courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting.

Harvard Business School, Nov 6 2014

Harvard Business School's new digital learning initiative, HBX, held a closing ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 2, on the School's campus in Boston to formally mark the completion of its first offering, HBX CORe (Credential of Readiness).

Poets & Quants, Nov 4 2014, By John A. Byrne

The student guinea pigs who recently completed Harvard Business School’s first online business program seem pretty ecstatic.

"Thank you for an earth-shattering summer,” wrote one participant. “It’s been intense beyond belief, but I have learned an incredible amount."

The Harvard Crimson, Nov 4 2014, By Alexander H. Patel

The Business School’s HBX digital learning initiative is expanding to both international and corporate clients, following the success of its inaugural online business-oriented courses that saw an 85 percent completion rate, school leaders said.

HBX, which was formally announced in March, is a virtual education platform derivative of the case-study teaching method used in classrooms at the Business School. Among other features, the platform emphasizes peer collaboration and social interactivity alongside videos and other learning materials to adapt the discussion-oriented pedagogy employed in the school's physical classrooms to an online environment.

The Case Center, June 2014, by Emma Simmons

In this article we explore teaching with cases on-line. We talk to pioneering faculty on programmes of all sizes and draw practical conclusions from their experiences and analysis of the pedagogy involved.

Marketplace Learning Curve, June 11, 2014, by Adriene Hill

Harvard Business School is launching an online program today. And , no, you're not going to be able to get your MBA for free. The school is rolling out something it calls HBX Core.

New York Times, May 31, 2014, By Jerry Useem

If any institution is equipped to handle questions of strategy, it is Harvard Business School, whose professors have coined so much of the strategic lexicon used in classrooms and boardrooms that it’s hard to discuss the topic without recourse to their concepts: Competitive advantage. Disruptive innovation. The value chain.

HBS Working Knowledge, May 21, 2014, By Michael Blanding

Harvard Business School's new online primer on the fundamentals of business aims to translate some of the School's unique classroom teaching methods to the Web.

As a Harvard Business School professor for 20 years, V.G. Narayanan has significant experience using the School's pioneering case method to teach business concepts—introducing a real-world management problem, and then using the Socratic method to help students put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist.

NightSide with Dan Rea, May 20, 2014

The incredible growth of online classes has the potential to change higher learning as we know it. The obvious increased accessibility and convenience, as well as the limited costs, make them a very attractive option for students of all ages and from all walks of life. Harvard Professor Bharat Anand sits down with Dan to talk about a new online platform Harvard is introducing, and how it changes the traditional approach to a business degree.

The Harvard Crimson, March 28, 2014, by The Crimson Staff

Earlier this week, Harvard Business School announced that it would launch HBX, a venture designed to provide online courses offered by a world-renowned institution. The “X” in the acronym makes a partial reference to edX, another online endeavor by the University to offer a series of massively open online courses in partnership with several other universities, including MIT. HBX and edX plan on being “deeply interwoven” with each other, and we have praised edX in the past for opening the door to higher education and making such courseware available to the public.

HBX Newsroom

HBX is now accepting applications for new cohorts of HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) and Disruptive Strategy with Clayton Christensen.

Boston Magazine, March 24 2014, by Eric Randall

Last week, Harvard Business School launched a new online education platform, HBX, where it made some major tweaks to the online education model championed by Harvard University at large and others with their massive open online courses (or MOOCs).

Unlike Harvard University’s edX, enrollment in HBX will be limited, and it will cost money. According to Harvard, HBX will begin by offering a core curriculum of three business fundamentals classes to undergrads enrolled at another institution, non-business graduate students, and professionals early in their careers.

The Harvard Crimson, March 24 2014, By Alexander H. Patel

Harvard Business School formally announced Friday that it will enter the online education market, unveiling HBX, a new digital learning platform that will provide business-focused online courses for students and professionals not enrolled in the Business School.

While the initiative aims to open the school’s curriculum to students around the world, it differs significantly from existing MOOC—massive open online course—platforms like edX or Coursera, involving both a selective admissions process and a tuition requirement for enrollees. Courses offered under the platform will model the participation-centered discussion central to the case method style used in classrooms in the Business School.

Poets & Quants, March 21 2014, By John A. Byrne

The Harvard Business School today (March 21) boldly made its first move into the digital education realm with a $1,500 online program of three fundamental business courses for undergraduates and recent graduates of liberal arts programs. The school expects 500 to 1,000 students to enroll in the beta version of the program which will launch this June to rising juniors and seniors and freshly minted college graduates who live in Massachusetts.

Poets & Quants, March 21 2014, By John A. Byrne

Ever since word leaked that the Harvard Business School was secretly plotting an online learning initiative nearly six months ago, business schools all over the world waited and watched with great fear and anticipation. What would the most powerful brand in business education do to disrupt and potentially crush their own regional or local brands?

The Boston Globe, March 21 2014, By Callum Borchers

Harvard Business School will unveil its first venture into online education Friday, a three-course primer on business fundamentals aimed at undergraduate students enrolled at other institutions.

The new program, called HBX, also marks the school’s maiden voyage below the graduate level. At its Allston campus it currently provides master’s- and doctorate-level courses, or executive education certificates, to about 2,000 students a year.

Harvard Magazine, March 21 2014

Harvard Business School (HBS) today announced HBX, its venture into online learning. It differs in two significant ways from edX, the Harvard-MIT online learning partnership through which HarvardX has offered massive open online courses (MOOCs) from diverse schools for free to a worldwide audience:

  • HBX uses proprietary technology, not the edX platform.
  • HBX is pioneering fee-based courses, which hold the promise of significant new revenue streams.
Xconomy, March 21 2014, By Gregory T. Huang

Today Harvard Business School is rolling out a new online-learning platform of its own called HBX. The effort has been quietly underway since the summer of 2012, soon after edX was announced, led by Bharat Anand and Jana Kierstead of HBS. The main goals of HBX seem to be to extend the reach of the business school globally and enhance its reputation.

Campus Technology, March 21 2014, By Rhea Kelly

Harvard Business School is ready to dive into the waters of online learning. The institution will soon begin enrollment in the first set of courses to be offered on HBX, a new e-learning platform the school has been quietly developing over the past year and a half.

WGBH News, March 21 2014, by Kirk Carapezza

One of the world's most prestigious business schools is going digital. After much anticipation, Harvard Business School is launching its first online learning initiative.

Harvard's move is being touted as a watershed moment for the century old institution, which has been behind the curve in the digital revolution. Other schools, like University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, have already moved some of their content online. Harvard Business School Professor Bharat Anand says his team has wanted to be more deliberate.

The Financial Times, March 21 2014, By Rebecca Knight

Harvard Business School has introduced HBX, an online learning platform that gives it a foothold in the world of massive open online courses.

Harvard Gazette, March 21 2014, By Brian Kenny

Harvard Business School (HBS) announced today the launch of HBX, a digital learning initiative aimed at broadening the School’s reach and deepening its impact. In HBX, the School has created an innovative platform to support the delivery of distinctive online business-focused offerings, including HBX CORe, a primer on the fundamentals of business.

Harvard Business School, Mar 21 2014

Harvard Business School today announced the launch of HBX, a digital learning initiative aimed at broadening the School's reach and deepening its impact. In HBX the School has created an innovative platform to support the delivery of distinctive online business-focused offerings, including HBX CORe, a primer on the fundamentals of business.