Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2011

Changes to Harvard University's Governing Board

by Rakesh Khurana and Eric Baldwin


This case examines the decision made by the governing board of Harvard University, known as the Harvard Corporation, to alter its size and operations. The case provides background on Harvard's history, its existing governance structure, and some of the issues that precipitated the change in its governance. It discusses the review process that led to the decision, describes the changes that were made, and examines the reasons offered for those changes.

Keywords: Organizational Structure; Organizational Change and Adaptation; Change Management; Decisions; Education Industry;


Khurana, Rakesh, and Eric Baldwin. "Changes to Harvard University's Governing Board." Harvard Business School Case 411-101, June 2011.