Harvard Online-learning has free courses for the alumni community

Harvard’s is introducing a selection of online courses curated specifically for the alumni community.Sience and cooking, neuroscience, China, Einstein … 

Content will be refreshed as new courses are released.

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Ricardo Amorim’s point of view on doing business in Brazil

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For those who want a brief introduction to doing business in Brazil I recommend this  4 minutes video in English. Ricardo Amorim is one of Brazil´s most influential economist according to Forbes magazine and Klout.com.

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Article recommendation: “Your strategy needs a strategy”

Strategy planning may be deeply dependent of how predictable is your environment and market or how empowered you are as a decision maker.

This interesting article discusses how to use a framework to adapt to different strategic styles and constrains of different industries or geographic market. It was first published at the Harvard Business Review and appears on the BCG site on 2012 but it is still a good read.

Your Strategy Needs a Strategy

Source: https://www.bcgperspectives.com/content/articles/strategic_planning_vision_mission_your_strategy_needs_a_strategy/

HBS Alumni Angels of Brazil raises funds from the Inter American Development Bank

HBS Alumni Angels of Brazil  has been in operation in Brazil for the last three years. The group developed an interesting model that combines volunteer work with financial investments to impact the entrepreneurial community.

The good news is that they have just received a grant from IBD – Inter American Development Bank, to help to support its activities on Angel investing and entrepreneurship in Brazil. The HBS Alumni Angels is open to all Harvard Alumni. Congrats! 

Did you know the Harvard-Brazil Radar?

Harvard-Brazil Radar is a joint effort between Harvard University’s DRCLAS Brazil Office, the Brazil Studies Program at DRCLAS, the Harvard-wide Brazilian Student Association, and the Harvard University Club of Brazil to ensure relevant news on Harvard and Brazil is on your radar.

via Harvard-Brazil Radar | Brazil Office.

Why Rousseff’s Minister of Finance comes from her opponent’s team?

Why Rousseff’s Minister of Finance comes from her opponent’s team?.

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Our Harvard Strategists Linkedin group is growing!

Happy to announce that we reached 75 members in our Harvard Strategists group at Linkedin. Although it is a small group in terms of social media, we are very honored by the quality of our members! By the way, at Linkedin we allow the participation of non Harvard members.

The BCG just released their list off the top innovative companies.

What about it? Innovation is a big part of the companies concern today. But is it part of their strategy? Things are moving so fast today  that sometimes people think they are doing the right thing but in fact they are not keeping up with the new trends. Some of the remarks of the report: “Innovation remains a top priority, with some significant sectoral and regional developments. • Three-quarters of the 1,500 global senior innovation executives we surveyed in 2014 reported that innovation is among their top three priorities. More than 60 percent plan to spend more on innovation this year than they did in 2013. • In the 2014 ranking of the 50 most innovative companies, all of the top 5 spots, 7 of the top 10, and 21 of the top 50 are occupied by technology and telecommunications companies—the most since 2010. Consumer industries, capturing 10 of the top 50 spots, represent the second-largest share. • Automakers reported both a 26 percent decline in innovation priority (from 84 percent to 62 percent) and the second-largest drop in the intention to spend more (from 71 percent to 62 percent). Only nine auto companies made the top-50 list in 2014, and only four ranked in the top 20. • Companies in rapidly developing economies are particularly aggressive pursuers of innovation. ”

full report here.

A test for Brazilian democracy

Political strategists will find an interesting case in the analysis of Brazil’s presidential election. Any thoughts? Is populism a threat in Latin America?

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Amidst a history full of oligarchies and military coups, Brazilian democracy emerges and give signs of maturity. An exciting presidential race challenges the supremacy of popular party PT, in office after 12 years. But what could be an easy reelection has become a nightmare for Lula and his party. President Dilma Rousseff (PT) is struggling with scandals in oil public company, Petrobras. Her administration is said to be the 3rd worst ever in terms of economic growth in Brazil. GDP is down and inflation is up.

Photo: Jornalggn

Candidate Aecio Neves (PSDB) made a spectacular turn in the week before the first round. He didn’t wave his elegant and constant attitude when Marina Silva took his place as second in the race. He kept his cool and honored his pedigree as grandson of an icon of the democratization of Brazil, Tancredo Neves.

The PT fights back with ideological catchphrases, opposing capitalism…

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