One of your 10 references may be to the company web site; another 2 references may refer to business publication such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, or similarly oriented magazines.
Your page limit is a minimum of 10 pages of main body text.
Be ambitious in your career vision. Just saying that you want to work in a strategy consulting firm is not ambitious enough (that is easy if you get into Harvard). Harvard looks for people who have the vision to make a big impact in the world. So, be ambitious and bold, yet realistic in your career vision (e.g. entrepreneurship).
indicates that the article is on the fourth page of the newspaper, columns of print on a page are labelled left to right alphabetically, so in this example indicates that this is the second column of newsprint across the page from left to right.)
An example of corporate authorship where the newspaper article authorship is not stated.
It would be good if your example ties into a story that you have touched upon in your previous essays (e.g. professional or personal). Also, your choice of place and why would convey an aspect of your personality, so think carefully before choosing your example.
Focus on something that is not already mentioned in the above essays and the one that showcases leadership (e.g. president of student association, started a non-profit, tutored kids in local school, played in a rock band) and also the breadth of your personality (e.g. examples of leadership role in sports or cultural organizations).
The most powerful examples are one where the mistake is personal and the learning is powerful and lasting (e.g. something that has taught you to change the way you work). Focus both on mistake and learning, they should go hand in hand. E.g. On an assignment in a foreign country as a team leader, I did not spend time learning the local culture and the personality of my team members. This created a dysfunctional team environment which ultimately led to delay in the project. This taught me an important lesson to invest time upfront to understand my team mates.
Diversity of examples: It would be advisable to have examples from different areas of your work (e.g. professional, community work). Must have at least one example from the professional environment.
You are applying to Harvard Business School. We can see your resume, school transcripts, extra-curricular activities, awards, post-MBA career goals, test scores and what your recommenders have to say about you. What else would you like us to know as we consider your candidacy? (No word limit)
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This gives the full details for the information source so that it can be traced by anyone who reads your work.
Evidence must be from authoritive sources!
The Harvard System
There are many systems for the citation of references.
Most Faculties at Anglia Ruskin University expect students to use the Harvard style of referencing -which is an author and date system.
A two part reference system
In-text - citing within the assignment script- author's surname and year of publication
Reference list at the end of the assignment- full details of the document eg a book