Friday, December 12, 2014

HBS Historical Collections Announces Doriot Exhibition

Georges F. Doriot, circa 1925. HBS Archives Photograph Collection: Faculty and Staff. HBS Archives, Baker Library, Harvard Business SchoolBaker Library recently opened a new exhibition, Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies. The physical exhibition, which will run through August 3, 2015, in the North Lobby, Baker Library | Bloomberg Center, Harvard Business School, is accompanied by an extensive website. According to Laura Linard, director of Baker Library Special Collections:
Baker Library recently opened a new exhibition,
The exhibition and related website examine the career of Georges F. Doriot, an educator and a founder of the modern venture capital industry. During his 40-year tenure at Harvard Business School, the charismatic professor taught business and leadership in his celebrated Manufacturing course to nearly 7,000 students. He realized his dream of establishing the first Master of Business Administration program in Europe by helping establish the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). Doriot learned the art of bringing science and industry together in World War II, where he was responsible for the creation of new products for the welfare of US soldiers. For decades, as president of American Research & Development Corporation (ARD), an early venture capital firm founded in 1946, Doriot fostered the development of startup companies that focused on emerging technologies from computers to pacemakers.
The exhibition features selections from the Georges F. Doriot Collection—on permanent loan to Baker Library from the French Cultural Center, Boston—that reveal the ideas and ideals of a man who played a pioneering role in the emergence of the postwar entrepreneurial economy. Please contact Baker Library Historical Collections at histcollref@hbs.edu if you would like to request a copy of the exhibition catalog. For more information about Baker Library Historical Collections, please visit the library's website.