As you rightly say, HBR is included in the FT list of the top 45 business and management journals because it is one of the publications where professors disseminate their latest ideas...
"Harvard Business Review answers its critics", Das Narayandas in FT Soapbox, October 17, 2013We discovered, though, that some institutions were using Ebsco access as a substitute for paying the normal course material fees. This summer, therefore, we designated 500 of the more than 13,000 HBR articles available in Ebsco – those most widely used in other schools’ curricula – as read-only and removed persistent linking to them.
Harvard Business Review answers its critics: Das Narayandas, senior associate dean of Executive Education and Publishing and professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, has responded to Prof Gans’ criticisms. Many believe that information should be free he says, but ideas that achieve maximum impact come at a cost. Read the full article here.
Das, thanks for responding.
I would like to clarify one important thing: I was not arguing that information should be free. At no stage have I challenged the right of HBR to earn money. Instead, it was how that money was earned that was my problem.