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  • April 2006 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    permissions for this content are required as well These sources can be browsed by content type by subject or A Z on the library homepage For help accessing or using content from these databases or creating exhibits from this data contact Sarah Eriksen in Baker Research Services The Division of Research and Faculty Development s Web site is a great resource to guide you through the copyright and permission maze The site includes Guide to Submitting Course Materials HBS Style Guide for Casewriters Casewriter Quick Reference Permissions Guidelines for Baker Library Database Materials When materials are physically e g photocopied and distributed to students HBS must seek copyright permission and pay royalties Baker Library can often help here by creating direct links to articles held in our subscription databases which require no permission or royalty outside of our database license Contact Erika McCaffrey emccaffrey hbs edu for more information For students the HBS citation guide should be used to give credit as needed and required for research and information used in course work For more information on the subject of using copyrighted material or securing permissions contact Sarah Eriksen Spotlight on Historical Collections Yale Finance Scholar Finds Rich Rewards in Baker By the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries transatlantic payments between the new world and Europe were typical yet fraught with risk When someone in America wanted to make a payment to somebody in England Spain or France in the eighteenth century says professor William Goetzmann they used a bill of exchange that was sent overseas and said Pay to this person this amount from my account The only problem was that in these distances across the ocean sometimes boats didn t make it and the bill of exchange sank with the boat To avoid delay he says merchants dispatched multiple copies of the checks The first one that arrived would be paid whether it was the first or fourth copy all subsequent drafts were cancelled Goetzmann a visiting professor from Yale who is fascinated by financial instruments as windows on technology and innovation is using Baker Library s Historical Collections to examine transatlantic commerce and other puzzles in the history of finance from ancient times to the present His tools papyri dating to Hellenistic Egypt available online through Oxyrhynchus Online huge leather bound volumes and reams of documents such as financial securities I m also interested in Italian finance and the development of banking institutions in Renaissance Italy says Goetzmann Using heavy ledgers in Historical Collections he s studying Baker Library s record of all financial transactions of a charitable fund the Monte di Pieta that existed for hundreds of years on the east coast of Italy These banks were created in many Italian cities as a Christian response to Jewish lending he says Ledgers for the Monte di Pieta contain everything from the records of tenant farmers collecting wheat and distributing agricultural products to transactions indicating its role as a veritable pawn shop in an era of banking that

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  • March 2006 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    intelligent introduction to the topic rather than an in depth scholarly exegesis The series is geared toward a general audience and all resources are open to the public via the Internet Bailey says the Historical Returns project grew out of a reflection on the idea of lessons or cycles of the past The more closely one looks at comparisons between past and present events the complexities of context start to inform your understanding of the events It s as useful to understand the dissimilarities in the comparisons as well as noting the connections Topics are framed to encourage reflection and invite questions rather than answer them Future series topics include business ethics and corporate governance disruptive technology and emerging global markets We are also exploring the idea of a Video Professor resource in future capsules Bailey continues where an expert on the topic can provide a short overview of one of the ideas explored in the capsule Supported by the de Gaspé Beaubien Family Endowment at Harvard Business School the library s outreach program is able to develop resources like Historical Returns to inform a broader audience about the vitality and usefulness of the historical collections Spotlight on Historical Collections Marquis Studies Evolution of U S Banking Christopher Marquis a sociologist who studies the development of the U S banking industry arrived at HBS armed with banking statistics from all fifty states But a crucial element for his research was lacking written material to offer insights into why and how U S banking evolved as it did between 1896 and 2001 That s when he discovered Baker Library s Historical Collections and its wealth of reports debate minutes and ephemera Marquis who began poring through Historical Collections only recently is amazed at the wealth of material on paper and in microform to support his research Thanks to this I can work with micro level data on activities and make use of unguarded statements regarding the banks positions on laws and their lobbying activities says Marquis Historical Collections has reports proceedings and minutes from conferences of bankers at the state regional and national level I am able to read the debate on various issues and ultimately observe what he calls a circular co evolution over time laws clearly influenced the industry structure of banks but banks also actively worked to influence the laws that governed them Marquis an assistant professor in the Organizational Behavior unit was trained in quantitative analysis Baker s contribution to his research is written material on national and state level meetings of bankers I have been able to quantitatively test my hypotheses but the historical data is helping me ground the statistics by uncovering finer grain discussions between bankers In his dissertation Marquis studied how the banking industry changed considerably during the twentieth century For most of the past hundred years the majority of banks were small local and closely woven into community life Beginning in the 1980s many of the earlier geographic constraints and restrictions on

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  • February 2006 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    in the airline industry is also underway Chaired by Professor Linda Hill the Leadership Initiative was organized to be a catalyst for research on leaders and leadership and to design effective leadership development programs that are relevant for the twenty first century In addition to the Great Leaders database the program has created a number of case studies Executive Education programs a video series and other resources that support Harvard Business School s overarching mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world Spotlight on Historical Collections A Rich Trove in a New E Resource When HBS Research Fellow Michelle Craig McDonald searched for information on the Caribbean coffee trade in the eighteenth century a prime source was just a few mouse clicks away The Making of the Modern Economy e resource available on HOLLIS since autumn combines the two most important collections of business and economic literature in the world the University of London s Goldsmiths Library of Economic Literature and the Kress Library of Business and Economics at Harvard Business School Making of the Modern Economy makes available 12 million pages of material culled from 61 000 books published between 1460 and 1850 and from 466 serials that predate 1906 Subjects run the gamut from banking and finance to national defense social conditions agriculture and empires Many texts are in French German and other languages besides English McDonald has tapped in on campus from home and while traveling using the e resource for her coffee trade research and to develop a case for MBA students Her dissertation is under revision for publication The Making of the Modern Economy is an unparalleled resource for materials that are hard to find in other U S libraries and archives or even anywhere else in the world says McDonald She has made extensive use of Edward Long s history of Jamaica and Bryan Edward s multi volume study of the British West Indies published in 1774 and 1794 respectively as well as John Lownde s treatise on coffee planting in Dominica The Coffee Planter An Essay on the Cultivation and Manufacturing of that Article of West Indian Produce 1807 and P J Laborie s similar volume for Saint Domingue now Haiti and Jamaica The Coffee Planter of Santo Domingo 1798 Laborie s work is better known but still only available in twenty three libraries worldwide and most of these works are on microfilm copies from Baker s Kress Collection McDonald notes Lownde s book is even harder to find Only three copies exist in American libraries with three additional copies abroad Even Dominica s archive unfortunately lost its copy twenty years ago in a fire About 60 percent of the Kress Collection held in the Historical Collections Department is now available via The Making of the Modern Economy taken from the Goldsmiths Kress Library of Economic Literature microfilm series created in 1972 This digital collection includes many rare titles in economic and business history and thought including first and early

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  • January 2006 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    public companies and thus can t have customized spreadsheets built for them use data from public firms In addition to providing customized financial information Allen updates two dozen exhibits used in the course that show how capital markets operate and track the sources and destinations of money The combination of highly firm specific and unambiguous financial performance information delivers a very powerful learning experience Fruhan says Participants are delighted to discover that we are committing the resources necessary to personalize the learning experience they gain from other firms case studies Spotlight on Historical Collections Chandler Scholar Investigates History of Corporate Strategy When French professor Ludovic Cailluet came to HBS to investigate the history of corporate strategy practices he quickly learned that Historical Collections could offer him more than access to its Historic Corporate Reports Collection During his three month fellowship here he pored through corporate reports as well as Baker Old Class books HBS course catalogs official registers of studies faculty papers student projects and cases He even viewed a one of a kind Beta video of an HBS classroom lecture on careers for corporate planners filmed in 1975 Cailluet a business historian who teaches strategy at the Graduate School of Management of Toulouse Social Sciences University plans to coauthor a book with Oxford s Richard Whittington on the history of corporate strategy practices in France Germany the U K and the U S between the end of World War II and the present I began by looking systematically at annual reports Historical Collections has a diverse and important collection of annual reports But I came to realize that the resource was not as exploitable as I had thought he said because users must apply precise search terms Cailluet found it more efficient to supplement the corporate reports of companies such as General Electric and Norton with European and American companies proxy statements pamphlets and other documents He also began to learn more by browsing the array of books in Baker Old Class That was extremely valuable and supplementing these materials with case studies That research led Cailluet to dive into a selection of processed and non restricted faculty papers interviews conducted for the preparation of case studies correspondence and consulting work Restrictions commonly exist for the HBS faculty collections The most useful was the archive of Kenneth R Andrews 1916 2005 considered the father of corporate strategy who was on the Harvard Business School faculty for forty years Asked how other users might exploit similar materials in Historical Collections Cailluet said that oral historians for instance would be interested in HC s many interviews with practitioners Another line of study was suggested to him by a recent HBS seminar by prominent historian Mary A Yeager of UCLA She gave a very interesting talk on gender and the body in business history he said These Historical Collections interviews including those by Kenneth Andrews always offer a physical description of the person being interviewed There is more in this collection than

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  • December 2005 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    use in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room located on the first floor of Baker Library adjacent to the historic lobby Digital copies of some of the collections can be found online Contact Historical Collections Spotlight on Historical Collections Khurana Uses Baker to Trace Development of Managerial Education When HBS professor Rakesh Khurana decided to do research on the development of managerial education and business schools he only had to walk a few hundred feet from his office to dig deep into primary sources Khurana has used Baker Library s Historical Collections extensively to study this transformation in mission of managerial education and the still contested question of whether management is truly a profession His new book From Higher Aims to Hired Hands The Social Transformation of American Business Education will be published by Princeton University Press in late 2006 or early 2007 At the conclusion of his previous book Searching for a Corporate Savior The Irrational Quest for Charismatic CEOs Khurana asked to what extent business schools had contributed to the logic and legitimacy of CEO compensation I decided to look at the founding of university based business schools to look at the source of those ideas he said That led Khurana to Baker s Historical Collections This is the kind of research I could only do at HBS says Khurana I have support and the willingness to discuss these ideas Historical Collections was great The material is fantastic and the people are fantastic Using the archives both when they were housed temporarily at 145 North Harvard and later at the re opened Baker he researched documents on the founding principles and activities of HBS and of other schools too in addition to primary materials related to the American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business the minutes of all AACSB meetings between 1916 and 1946 and materials from the Ford Foundation Khurana also used the Columbia University archives and the Ford Foundation archives which are actually maintained by the Ford Foundation in New York City As we think about business education for the twenty first century says Khurana it is critical to ask how management as a profession has been defined how it has evolved and how it has diverged from its founders intentions How has the mission of university business schools evolved If the early founders came back said Khurana they would be very impressed by the quality of business school research the faculty and the institution of business education in American society They would however question the idea of our unwillingness to give students a normative direction as to where and how they should apply the skills they learn For the founders character and competence went hand in hand University business schools were founded at the dawn of the industrial revolution he concluded asking How will they adapt in post industrial revolution society Contact Historical Collections New Services and Products Subscribe to Baker Newsletter by E mail We ve added the ability to have this newsletter

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  • November 2005 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    who manages the Baker Exchange to offer students the option of hands on training for using Bloomberg terminals Bloomberg is essential for any money manager says Viceira but it s not easy to use Cullen also created supporting materials that Viceira added to the Course Platform The relationship between the teaching side of the school and the research resources at Baker has been a fantastic partnership Viceira said I hope people learn that they can leverage more resources for their teaching He plans on using the Exchange more in the future Viceira added This was a trial period and it worked quite well Hopefully we will hear from the students on how we can improve Spotlight on Historical Collections United Fruit Images Bring Research Alive The vast array of images from the United Fruit Company in Baker Library s Historical Collections is increasingly attractive to scholars allowing them to enrich the MBA curriculum and their own research with highly evocative historical resources HC maintains an archive of seventy five photograph albums encompassing 10 400 images from 1891 to 1962 that show United Fruit s industrial processes as well as the lives of its workers and managers Professor Geoffrey Jones and former Harvard Newcomen Fellow Marcelo Bucheli now at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign have written a case The Octopus and the Generals The United Fruit Company in Guatemala which Jones has taught to MBA students during the second year elective Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism Loading bananas Guatemala According to Jones Our case was concerned with the efforts of a Guatemalan government in the early 1950s to expropriate some of United Fruit s land in order to distribute to the country s large landless class The images were effective in bringing the reality of the time and place alive to the class and thus providing the basis for a more informed class discussion on a topic and region far removed from the experience of most of today s MBAs Alexis Lefort who provided research assistance to Jones said the images provided gripping multimedia material that kept students interested in the case discussion and visually drove home points such as the huge difference in living conditions between the workers and the managers as illustrated by the shots of the employee barracks compared to the managers estates Bucheli who wrote Bananas and Business The United Fruit Company in Colombia 1899 2000 originally perused the collection looking for a possible book cover image I was amazed by the amount of photographs their quality and the wide scope of issues they cover he said I was particularly interested also in some very political photographs For the Colombian case the company had images of the consequences of the riots and strikes it faced in 1928 They have some very arresting images of burnt company buildings These photographs were taken after the strike which they call a revolution and are some of the very few images of that event that exist Manager s house Bananera

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  • October 2005 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    can spend more time thinking and analyzing their work rather than worrying about data management vendor contracts and data quality Contact seriksen hbs edu Spotlight on Historical Collections Infamous Financial Bubble Attracts Diverse Set of Researchers to Historical Collections Even smart people like Sir Isaac Newton may have been tempted by the South Sea Company in 1720 The company s elaborate scheme to relieve the British government of public debt attracted investors in droves And if Newton and prominent individuals such as the poet and dramatist John Gay could have been lured into the speculative frenzy of this joint stock effort the common man didn t stand a chance Newton who is rumored to have forfeited 20 000 would have been just one of the many investors who lost their shirts in this dramatic and influential financial bubble Dramatic because share prices zoomed from 128 to 1 050 and plummeted to 175 in a single year influential because the subsequent pall on investing may have stifled economic progress for years to come though this remains hotly debated The South Sea era also marked an important time of widespread private investment when ordinary people could get involved and burned in the stock market Researchers from within and outside Harvard are diving into Baker Library Historical Collections rich array of resources on the South Sea Bubble A number of them including all of the visual materials have been digitized in an online Web guide The collection yields a wide range of material that can improve our understanding of everything from investor psychology to high finance Just a few of the researchers who ve pored through the collection include A Harvard University graduate student in the history of art and architecture who used the set of South Sea playing cards to investigate the connection between gambling and capitalism She also examined scenes on the playing cards to study cultural change A University of Hamburg graduate student who sought information in the collection to shed light on the involvement of Handel in the South Sea Bubble As it turned out Handel was not mentioned in Baker s manuscript resources but the researcher uncovered other leads to pursue A Brown University professor who used multiple items from the collection in her class Money and Society An Introduction to Economic Sociology The South Sea Collection index lists over 300 items of financial social and cultural interest 26 titles and the collection s 74 images plus all 52 playing cards have been digitized to date Wonderfully detailed historical resources trace the evolution of finance Pamphlet literature documents the excitement of the time Among the collection s subject areas are Commerce and Trade Companies Crime and Law Finance Government and Politics and Recreation and Arts Alexander Pope wrote a poem to deride the swindle Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe also penned commentary This is our first step toward making the South Sea Bubble Collection truly a virtual collection says project manager Karen Bailey While the online guide assists

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  • September 2005 - Baker News This Month - Baker Library | Bloomberg Center
    only offers researchers a wealth of new tools to do their work but is poised to become the intellectual hub of the campus bringing together faculty students and academics from all over the world We will offer more details on these improvements in the months to come but here are some highlights Baker Exchange Located inside the south entrance Baker Exchange is a collaborative space where MBA and doctoral students faculty and staff gather to talk and learn about the latest in the business and financial world Workstations provide access to real time research tools and the space features large plasma screen displays with live financial and business news as well as market morning calls with analysts You ll also be able to catch up on HBS media events held on campus Financial Databases Room This new area provides access to numerous databases including Bloomberg Academic Compustat Research Insight Datastream SDC Platinum and WRDS Except for Bloomberg these databases are reserved for the use of Harvard faculty students and staff The Financial Databases Room is located inside the Stamps Reading Room Stamps Reading Room The newly renovated reading room has been restored to its original beauty with significant upgrades Named for a gift from the Stamps family it now includes twenty eight workstations with flat screen monitors a wireless network and network drops and power at every seat Other equipment upgrades include new micro form reader printers that can send electronic copies of articles to your e mail account Comfortable seating and air conditioning provide a marvelous environment for individual study de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room All of the holdings of the Historical Collections Department the Business Manuscripts Collections the Kress Collection HBS Archives and the Baker Old Class Collection are now available for use Reading room hours are Monday through Friday 9 a m to 5 p m Formal appointments are not required However we do request that researchers contact us in advance since many of the collections remain at the Harvard Depository Contact the Historical Collections Reference Desk at x56411 or histcollref hbs edu Spotlight on Historical Collections Chandler Collection Offers Seven Decades of Historical Research Pulitzer Prize winning historian Alfred D Chandler Jr recently donated his papers to Baker Library s Historical Collections offering researchers a treasure trove of material dating from 1941 to 2004 Chandler is the world s foremost authority on the historical evolution and organizational development of the modern corporation The collection will prove an unmatched unique resource to researchers studying the development of corporate structure in the United States and other industrial economies In addition to research material the collection includes a wealth of notes taken and photocopies made from records in institutional and company archives Among this quantity are correspondence and research materials connected with the writing of Alfred P Sloan s My Years with General Motors 1964 the Daniel Bell Fortune magazine files spanning the years 1948 to 1958 and consisting of research on recruitment training of managers and theories of

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