Archive for March 2012

13 March 2012

“PARIS, March 6, 2012 – TABLE FOR TWO (TFT), a non-profit organization that tackles the opposing issues of malnutrition in developing countries and obesity in the developed world, hosted today its first pilot event in France in collaboration with two MBA participants from HEC Paris, Jennie Levitt and Shaheen Peerbhai. Jennie and Shaheen are the founders of Friday Lunches, a private catering service dedicated to providing lunches every Friday for hungry B-school students on the HEC campus. The price of a lunch included a €0.20 surcharge, which will be used to provide one school lunch for a student in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and South Africa.

TFT is seeking for corporate cafeterias, restaurants and dining halls across France to serve healthy, nutritionally balanced TFT-branded meals. “We were happy to host TABLE FOR TWO’s first kick-off event,” said Jennie, co-founder of Friday Lunches, “because we were able to prepare tasty, well-rounded meals for our classmates and to sponsor 47 warm, healthy school lunches. We both love cooking and we can’t imagine a better way to share that passion.”

TFT currently partners with HEC Paris MBA to launch its French operation in 2012. Since its founding in Japan in 2007 by, among others, James Kondo, Country Manager of Twitter in Japan, and Masa Kogure, recently named an Asian Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation, TFT has quickly grown to become one of Japan’s most visible social enterprises.

Visit for more information on TABLE FOR TWO and for more information on Friday Lunches.”

Elli Suzuki, HEC MBA Full-Time Participant

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07 March 2012

“Lions dancing to the beat of drums and cymbals, cheongsam-adorned ladies sashaying to the tune of a Chinese oldie, MBA participants of all nationalities executing the moves of taichi, our western friends performing a fashion show in Chinese traditional costumes, these were all highlights of the grand finale to the Chinese Cultural Week at HEC MBA.

The Chinese Cultural Week was organized by MBA participants from China, Taiwan and Singapore. Through a week of events, which took place from 6 Feb to 10 Feb, the organizers aimed to share interesting elements of Chinese culture with their fellow MBA participants.

Each day, programs of a variety of themes were held during lunch break and in the evenings. There were workshops that showcased Chinese arts, crafts, games and cuisine, fairs where participants got a taste of Chinese snacks and a movie night where a Chinese and a Taiwanese film were screened. On the professional front, the organizing team invited two of the event’s corporate sponsors, Huawei and ChinForm, to give presentations to participants on working for companies in China.

The Chinese Cultural Week was held right after the Chinese New Year this year, bringing an extension of the celebrations to the HEC MBA Building. The organizers would like to thank the event’s sponsors, Huawei, ChinForm, the Chinese Embassy, the Taiwanese Embassy and Contact Singapore, for their generous sponsorship that made the event a success.”

Chia Yui, Lee

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02 March 2012
Negosim is a computer-based business simulation exercise that participants take part in during their first few weeks at HEC Paris. Participants are placed in groups to solve real-life business problems and manage a company that competes in international markets. Negosim simulates 18 months in the life of a company in just 3 days. Full-time MBA participant Kelly tells us about her experience of Negosim at the start of this year.

“Refresh. It was nearly midnight and I couldn’t pry myself away from my computer screen. I could hear the party going on outside and knew my friends were waiting for me; one of them gave me a call: “Kelly, are you coming to the piano bar?” Refresh. The results were going to be updated any minute. Refresh. Party? Was she nuts? Refresh. For the past hour I had been talking on Skype and reloading the results page. The results would make or break the future of our company, Real Malaysia. Refresh. My palms were clammy and my heart was beating fast.

Refresh. Then I saw it, our book to market ratio had reached 2.4 from 1.9! We were among the top firms and could be proud. We had just purchased two plants in Malaysia and formed a joint venture with the Americans. However, my joy was premature as I noticed the letter of information for Q3 announcing future economic difficulties that would trickle from the U.S to Europe and then Asia. Now it was time to go to the piano bar and warn everyone. I found myself halfway through the hallway when there were enough people around me to make my declaration appropriate: “there’s a financial crisis in the US!” – not the real U.S. of course, about which I may have cared a little less at this precise moment, but in Negosim Univese 2.

I had to inform the others. Within minutes I was typing away to let my business partners know the good news and future obstacle. They responded in real time. “Yes, we were right to buy the raw materials from the Americans you see…” I had to put Bhoopi on hold. “We must think about what the other firms will do next and always keep high management fees…” Rémi was looking ahead. “But make sure we have enough cash to borrow,” Fernando was cautious. “We should be very happy!” said Iris, forever the optimist.

In three days we had gone from strangers to acquaintances and months later, my Negosim teammates are among my favorite people in the MBA program. In three days, I ran a multinational company. I negotiated, I dealt, I analyzed and I looked at the bottom line.

In three days, I did what some do in a lifetime.

For Iris, Bhoopi, Fernando, Rémi and Bernard.”

Kelly B, January 2012 intake

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01 March 2012

HEC MBA Participants

“Washoi washoi, washoi washoi! This year’s theme for HEC Japan Week was “Matsuri”, or “Festival” in Japanese. While much of our culture is already well disseminated outside of Japan through the likes of sushi, manga, kimono, and judo, my Japanese classmates (Keiichiro, Atsuki, Mitsuya, Mitsuhiro, Yugo, Akiko, Kaeko, Nozomi and Misako) and I wanted to present a true representation of Japan as we perceive through our local eyes.

This year’s Japan Week also took place nearly eight months after the devastating triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear radiation. While our families and friends back home are still working to restore our country, we had chosen “Matsuri” as a theme to bring their positive forward-looking spirit of festivity and energy on campus.

MBA participants exploring Japanese Style

MBA Students trying out Japanese Styles
In order to achieve such ambitious goals, we prepared a mélange of events. On the business front, we invited Fast Retailing, the largest and the fastest growing public company in Japan and a brand-holder of UNIQLO, Comptoirs des Cotonniers and Princess Tam-Tam. The company is not only symbolic for its bottom-up success that originated from a small men’s shop in the rural province of Yamaguchi, but also for its ability to incorporate the best practice of Japanese manufacturing – the attention to both quality and accessibility. We believed that there is no other Japanese company than Fast Retailing who is more appropriate to discuss the business future of our country today. We were tremendously lucky to have them on campus and sponsor part of the Japan Week.

We also prepared series of cultural workshops from Japanese calligraphy to yukata-photo shooting, costume shows and traditional games. We had the pleasure of inviting professional Wadaiko drummers from the Tsunagi Taiko Center, the “Silence Profond” photo exhibition by Chill Okubo, and a tea ceremony demonstration. Through these arts, we hoped to convey our virtues of subtlety, refinement, and dignity for others, which are so often undermined in our modern society today.

Since the first kick-off meeting in late-September to the finale that ended yesterday, each one of us had put in tremendous amount of work and dedication under the surface. We especially want to thank our sponsors, the Grands Ecole students, the 2010 MBA intakes, the MBA faculties, and last but not least, our beloved classmates, who had allowed us to bring the best Japan Week in HEC MBA history!”

Japanese MBA's dance performance

Elli Suzuki, Class of 2013

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