EC 2888r: Economics of Science and Engineering Workshop
SPRING 2018 - Harvard College/GSAS: 122105
Professor Richard B. Freeman
Location: Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School
Meeting Time: Fridays, 12-1:30pm
Exam Group: 7
DESCRIPTION: Focus on work force and career issues. Topics include: Effects of globalization on work force and innovation, growth of networks in work; impact of career incentives on productivity; university policies; mobility between academe and industry; link between ideas and outputs.
GRADUATE LEVEL SEMINAR: Undergraduate Enrollment Exceptions:
- undergraduate enrollment limited to 5 students; permission required in advance of enrollment
- does not count as undergraduate Economics Concentration Credit
- may count as undergraduate Harvard College Credit
- may satisfy Econ writing requirement, for individual research paper of 15-20 pages
- first step for consideration: send e-mail with your concentration; why interested in the seminar; and potential research project
- decisions will be made after all requests are submitted
NOTE: Offered jointly with HBS as the 4245 TOM Seminar (Links to an external site.) or SBBI-Science Based Business Initiative
SEMINAR THIS WEEK: Friday April 27
Friday April 27:
SPEAKER: Helen Riley (Moonshot Mission Controller at X (formerly Google [x])
TITLE: "Moonshot thinking: X's approach to radical innovation"
In 2010, Google founded a secret research lab called Google [X] to develop big, futuristic ideas it called moonshots. After five years, this research lab broke off into its own company called “X, the moonshot factory”. Today, X sets out to foster uncomfortably ambitious ideas that address some of the world’s biggest problems. It's currently home to some of Alphabet's far-out projects like Internet-beaming balloons and delivery drones. It's also where a range of Alphabet business and products were founded including Waymo, Google Brain and Verily Life Sciences. In this session, X's Moonshot Mission Controller(aka CFO), Helen Riley will provide an overview of X’s radical approach to innovation and share how others can apply "moonshot thinking" principles too.
Helen leads the teams that smooth the way for moonshot technologies to become successful businesses. Prior to X, Helen led global finance and analytics for Google’s marketing teams, focused on products like YouTube, Search and Android. Before joining Google, Helen was a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in San Francisco and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London. Helen holds a Bachelor & Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
LOCATION: Baker 103, Bloomberg Center, HBS Campus
DIRECTIONS: best access from WEST entrance of bldg, see arrow.
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Baker 103 is a bit tucked away in the Bloomberg Center, and behind a locked door. It is easier to get in from the WEST side of the building; a door will be open for easy access.
If you are familiar with Baker 102, then as you enter the Faculty Commons, Baker 102 is first door on right, and Baker 103 is on the other side of commons.
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