Shaping the Waves: A History of Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School
In Shaping the Waves, Jeffrey L. Cruikshank recounts the evolution of entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and among its graduates-a journey going back more than fifty years and involving many of the most influential business players of the second half of the twentieth century. Detailing dozens of stories of remarkable entrepreneurial ventures and the individuals behind them, Cruikshank describes the unique and powerful network that exists among HBS alumni-an active connection that bridges generations, fields of interest, and wide geographic boundaries.
Through these stories, the book illuminates the growth of entrepreneurship at HBS from sideline elective to influential management program, the waves of change leveraged by opportunistic alumni, the classic attributes of entrepreneurial success, and the many facets of the entrepreneurial process, from raising and deploying capital to managing and developing a business.
Offering a unique lens on an institution that has sown the seeds of entrepreneurship for decades, Shaping the Waves is a powerful testament to the many who have spotted, shaped, and harnessed change to improve our world.