28 May 2015


Commencement is upon us, and this is an exciting year for the Doctoral Programs Office as we are graduating 28 doctoral students this year across our 8 programs. This is one of the largest group of graduates our program has seen in our history, and we are thrilled to celebrate their success in reaching this pivotal milestone. These newly minted scholars will be conferred a special honor in a “hooding ceremony” for doctoral candidates during which a faculty member places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program. In addition to completing the program, our graduates have accepted academic positions globally, including leading schools in North America,  the Middle East and Asia. These schools include, but are not limited to: Columbia Business School, Chicago Booth, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, New York University, and  the University of Southern California. Please join us in congratulating the next generation of thought leaders from HBS on their next steps in their academic journey. 

24 Mar 2015

An exciting spring season

Spring is right around the corner and that means the beginning of welcoming admitted students to campus, dissertation defenses, and commencement. And, while this is an especially busy season, it’s also an exciting time as we launch one class on their new careers and welcome a new cohort of perspective students to HBS. This is the time of year when I’m really reminded of the cycle of higher education – matriculation, study, exams, dissertations, and graduation.

The first big event of the spring is our Admitted Student event. For two days next week, we’re looking forward to seeing our admitted cohort for 2015. These 29 students are an impressive cohort. Demographically, there are 16 students from nations outside of the U.S., 11 women, and 14 hold a Master’s degree. In this group, we have students who have studied in Australia, England, and Chile. There are several who have professional experience in the financial sector, and at least a dozen of these students have worked in a research position in academia or with a governmental agency. We look forward to having them visit HBS to learn more about our campus, our faculty, and the abundant resources we have to offer to our doctoral students.

This month also marks the beginning of a two month period of students defending their dissertations prior to commencement. This year, we have close to 30 students defending their dissertations in front of their respective faculty committees. As they prepare for this highly significant event, each of them has invested hundreds, likely thousands, of hours conducting research, analyzing data, and writing papers. In each case, these students have created new knowledge that contributes to their field. As we state in our mission statement, they have become scholars who have made “a difference in the world through rigorous academic research that influences practice.” Good luck to each of these students as they defend their dissertations.

Dissertation defenses lead to graduation. In total, we will have over 30 students (includes March 2015 graduates) who will participate in Harvard commencement exercises on May 28th. We anticipate, based on current placement data, to see another set of great placements. Demographically, we will see roughly an even split of DBA and PHD graduates, 12 female graduates, and 12 international students. We look forward to watching these graduates go off to do great things as scholars and future faculty members.

In two short days, spring will officially arrive. Given the winter we had, I think we’re all looking forward to the nicer weather and warmer temperatures. I hope you are looking forward to a wonderful spring season that includes great beginnings and special memories.

29 May 2014

Commencement 2014

It's a beautiful day in Boston and Cambridge as Harvard celebrates its' 363rd commencement.

The HBS Doctoral Programs are sending off 17 DBA and Ph.D. graduates to the next chapter of their lives. Each of them are amazing individuals - intellectual, ethical, and examples for all of us to emulate. Congratulations to each of them and their families. This year's class is made of 8 DBA, 8 Ph.D. in Business Economics, and 1 Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior graduates. Fifteen of them are going on to academic positions, including faculty appointments at Chicago Booth, INSEAD, Cornell, NYU Stern, and West Point. Of the 17 graduates, seven are female and five are international students. Here is a summary of our 17 graduates:

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Nathan Charles Craig, B.S. (Ohio State University) 2007, M.S. (Ohio State University) 2008 Dissertation: “Essays on Retail Operations Management” Awards: Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research 2014 Placement: Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, Assistant Professor

Jillian Alexandra Berry Jaeker , S.B. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 2008 Dissertation: “Impact of Workload and Resource Availability on Hospital Productivity” Placement: Boston University School of Management, Assistant Professor

Clarence Lee, S.B. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 2008, M.Eng. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 2008 Dissertation: “Essays on the Digital Consumer: Models of Engagement, Upgrade, and Referral Behaviors” Awards: Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research 2014, ISMS Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition Award, MSI Clayton Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition Award, AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellow 2012 Placement: Cornell University, Assistant Professor

Matthew Scott Lee, B.S. (Pennsylvania State University) 2005 Dissertation: “Mission and Markets? Organizational Hybridity in Social Ventures” Awards: HBS Dean’s Award 2014, Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research 2014 Placement: INSEAD, Assistant Professor

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf, B.A Management (Tel Aviv University) 2001, L.L.B Law (Tel Aviv University) 2001, MBA (Tel Aviv University) 2007 Dissertation: “Shifting Loci of Innovation: A Study of Knowledge Boundaries, Identity and Innovation at NASA” Placement: NYU Stern School of Business, Assistant Professor

Everett Stuart Palmer Spain, B.S. (USMA) 1992, M.S. (University of Missouri - Rolla) 1997, M.B.A. (Duke University) 2002 Dissertation: “Finding and Keeping Stars: The Leadership Performance and Retention of High Potentials” Awards: HBS Dean’s Award 2014 Placement: United States Military Academy, Academy Professor

Kyle Travis Welch, B.S. (Brigham Young University) 2004, MAcc (Brigham Young University) 2004 Dissertation: “Private Equity's Diversification Illusion: Economic Comovement and Fair Value Reporting” Placement: The George Washington University, Assistant Professor

Tiona Zuzul, A.B. (Harvard University) 2005, M.Sc. (London School of Economics) 2006 Dissertation: “Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Nascent Industries” Placement: London Business School, Assistant Professor

Ph.D. in Business Economics:

Catherine Grace Barrera, B.A. (Northwestern University) 2007, M.Sc. (London School of Economics) 2008, A.M. (Harvard University) 2011 Dissertation “Skill, Job Design, and the Labor Market under Uncertainty” Placement: Cornell University Johnson School of Management, Post-Doctoral Associate (2014), Assistant Professor of Economics (2015)

Thomas Rutford Covert, S.B. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 2005 Dissertation: “Essays in Industrial Organization and Finance” Placement: University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Assistant Professor

Raluca Ecaterina Dragusanu, A.B (St. Lawrence University) 2006, M.A (Harvard University) 2011 Dissertation: “Essays in International Trade and Development” Placement: Federal Reserve Board Research and Statistics, Economist

Samuel Arthur Kruger, A.B. (Harvard University) 2002, A.M. (Harvard University) 2002, M.B.A. (University of Chicago) 2007 Dissertation: “Essays in Financial Economics” Awards: 2014 Roger Martin Award for Excellence in Business Economics Research Placement: The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, Assistant Professor of Finance

Heather Ward Schofield, A.B. (Harvard University) 2005, M.S. (Harvard School of Public Health) 2007 Dissertation: “Essays in Development and Health” Awards: 2014 Roger Martin Award for Excellence in Business Economics Research Placement: Center for Global Development Post-Doctoral Fellow 2014-2015, University of Pennsylvania Health Policy Department, Assistant Professor, 2015

Dmitry Taubinsky, A.B. (Harvard University) 2009, A.M. (Harvard University) 2011 Dissertation: “Essays in Behavioral and Experimental Economics” Awards: 2014 Roger Martin Award for Excellence in Business Economics Research, National Science Foundation Research Fellowship Placement: Harvard University and UC Berkeley, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Economics

Ian Tomb, A.B. (Harvard University) 2002 Dissertation: “Essays on the Economics of Wage Inequality”

Eric Meinberg Zwick, B.A. (Swarthmore College) 2007, M.A. (Harvard University) 2011 Dissertation: “Finance Implications of the Great Recession” Awards: 2014 Roger Martin Award for Excellence in Business Economics Research Placement: University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Assistant Professor of Finance

Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior

Sujin Jang, B.B.A. (Yonsei University) 2008, A.M. (Harvard University) 2011 Dissertation: “Bringing Worlds Together: Cultural Brokerage in Multicultural Teams” Awards: 2013 INFORMS Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Award Placement: INSEAD Organisational Behaviour Department, Assistant Professor

24 Apr 2014

Patriot's Day

It was Patriot’s Day in Boston yesterday which means it was also Marathon Day. While our memories have been focused this past week on the tragedies of a year ago, today the city experienced a beautiful day that represents a reminder to us all what "Boston Strong" really means.

In less than 40 days, Harvard will hold its’ annual commencement on May 29th. This year, the HBS doctoral programs will graduate 20 students. The majority of these graduates will go on to academic positions to begin careers as scholars teaching the next generation of business students and scholars, and researching the important challenges facing businesses and organizations across the globe. This year, placements include Chicago/Booth, Penn, NYU, INSEAD, University of Texas/Austin, Cornell, London Business School, U.S. Military Academy, and George Washington. We are very proud of each of the graduating students and look forward to seeing how they make a difference in the world through their scholarship. At the HBS diploma ceremony, for the first time, we will include a formal hooding ceremony for the doctoral graduates. This age-old academic tradition symbolizes the passage from student to master for each of these students and is a well-deserved moment in the spotlight.

As one group leaves us, another group joins us - such is the cycle of academia. This summer, 25 new students will join our doctoral programs - 14 males (6 DBA students and 8 PhD students) and 11 females (5 DBA students and 6 PhD students). By program, the breakdown looks like this: 11 DBA students, 10 PhD in Business Economics, 3 PhD in Organizational Behavior, and one PhD in Health Policy Management. This group is highly talented and brings a great set of backgrounds to their areas of study. We look forward to seeing each of these students develop and grow to be world-class scholars.

That's it for now. I’m planning on writing again as we get closer to Commencement Day.