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Boston Trains Face Infrastructure Finance Challenge

John D. Macomber, Harvard Business School lecturer and construction finance expert addresses the long term challenge of infrastructure finance in the context of the short term public transit crisis facing the city of Boston  and the MBTA in the city’s snowiest Boston winter on record… so far. 698 more words
Financial Tools

Dropping out of Harvard Business School may have been the best decision of this woman’s life

Alexa von Tobel, who dropped out of Harvard Business School six years ago to launch an online financial planning startup LearnVest, just sold it to Northwestern Mutual for a… 265 more words

Drop your Masks!

Everyone remembers when John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate with her red high-heeled peep-toe pumps. Those $89 Escada shoes were advertised to have originated  from a second-hand shoe store in Anchorage, Alaska. 640 more words

Meet the Powerhouse Behind Top Cutting Edge Female Entrepreneurs

What do Gilt Group, LearnVest, Birchbox, Flour Bakery, HerCampus, OranJet and Rent the Runway all have in common? Each of these companies is one of the many female founded organizations that have pushed the boundaries and redefined their respective industries. 779 more words

Tech & Startups

Last Minute Heads Up: HBS New Venture Competition (DowntownDC)

Funny that we should have posted last week about HBS’s, er, impressive track-record in venture funding.

On Wednesday, March 11th from 6:00 – 9:00PM, eight HBS alumni will pitch their visions as part of HBS’ New Venture Competition.  39 more words

Events

Can You Survive the Necropolis? Probably Not.

Rogue-like lovers, this is truly a time of rejoicing. Rogue-like games have been making a very strong showing as of recently with titles like Rogue Legacy… 327 more words

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初探哈佛案例教材

當研究生,不免讀「論文」。還記得在台大多媒體實驗室第一次試著做論文簡報的時候,居然花了一個星期讀一篇八頁的電腦視覺會議論文。當時初探電腦視覺,對專業領域不熟悉,需要額外看許多論文補充背景知識。讀懂一篇,等於要讀多篇,因此花這麼長時間。

這學期修了一門商業課程,部分在討論哈佛商學院出版的一些「案例」。一篇案例約20 頁,對我來說又是一個新挑戰,不知道這初探哈佛案例,又要花多少時間。今早戰戰兢兢地翻開了第一頁,計時,直至看完文章,大約花一個半小時。由於自己平日並無閱讀英文雜誌書刊的習慣,能花這樣的時間讀完文章,比自己預期快很多啊!

「初探案例」與「初探論文」經驗的截然不同,居然讓我油然而生「論文給書寫者方便,而案例給閱讀者方便」這種偏差觀念。我試著描述兩者內容差異:

標題

論文標題之後,下必以明顯字體標記作者大名,且必須交代作者身處機構,甚至聯絡方式,堪稱負責。雖說不因以人廢言,但由於學術論文出版眾多,作者與其所在機構以及承襲理念,往往成為一篇論文不可分割的一部分,看論文前,先了解其作者團隊也頗費時間。

案例斗大標題之後,僅以最小字體標記作者,關於作者的更多資訊,就放在腳註,一副不想讓人家知道是他寫的樣子。好處就是免去Google 作者的意圖,直接進導讀。

導讀

論文導讀為其摘要,去蕪存菁,把整篇文章的問題解法實驗結果乃至後續展望都壓在了短短的摘要內,以斜體註明。大概像這樣:

本篇論文主要探討處理X 於Y 特殊情況所產生之Z 問題。我們借用A 方法中的B 特性,開發一種嶄新的C 技術。我們在I, J, K 等實驗中,證明我們的方法更優於直接套用A 方法以及其派生的a 技術。未來我們將試著處理比Z 更廣義的問題,最終期許能夠真正解決X,帶來更便利的生活。

案例導讀和文章的關係就非常微妙了,可能是故事,可能是其他人的評論,不讀完全部文章不知道其中的關連。大概像這樣:

當Rune Gjeldnes 和Torry Larsen 聽到這個不幸消息的時候,已經是他們動身前往北極的第26 天了。他們於三月的某個星期一接到一通來自挪威的電話,告訴他們Iridium 國際電話(也就是他們現在正在溝通的媒介),即將永久地終止服務。 …

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