Rebecca M. Henderson

John and Natty McArthur University Professor

Rebecca Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University, where she has a joint appointment at the Harvard Business School in the General Management and Strategy units and is the Co-Director of the Business and Environment Initiative. Professor Henderson is also a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her work explores how organizations respond to large-scale technological shifts, most recently in regard to energy and the environment. She teaches Reimagining Capitalism in the MBA Program.

From 1998 to 2009, Professor Henderson was the Eastman Kodak Professor of Management at the Sloan School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she ran the strategy group and taught courses in strategy, technology strategy, and sustainability. She received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a doctorate in business economics from Harvard. 

Professor Henderson sits on the boards of Amgen and of IDEXX Laboratories, and she has worked with both members of the Fortune 100 and small, technology-orientated start-ups. She was retained by the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with the remedies phase of the Microsoft trial, and in 2001 she was named Teacher of the Year at the Sloan School. Her work has been published in a range of scholarly journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Research Policy, The RAND Journal of Economics, and Organization Science.

Her most recent publication is Leading Sustainable Change: An Organizational Perspective, edited jointly with Ranjay Gulati and Michael Tushman, and published by the Oxford University Press.

Rebecca Henderson Videos

"Leading Sustainable Change," Sarder TV 2015

"Reimagining Capitalism: Business and the Big Problems," President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology 2015

"Rebecca Henderson Tells Us What She's Interested In At the Moment," Choose2Lead 2012

Rebecca Henderson at the New Economics Institute,” NEI 2012

Rebecca Henderson introduces the Business & Environment Initiative at HBS, and addresses its value for students, big business, and society at large.

Making Money While Making a Difference: Is It Really That Easy?,” Harvard 2011

Watch Henderson explain her take on the major issues surrounding business and sustainability today, to an audience of Harvard faculty and staff.

Dr. Rebecca Henderson at the Garrison Institute,” GI 2010

Henderson discusses the connection between her work and behavioral economics.

See Henderson deliver full-length lectures on innovation and business:

Standards and Strategy: Competing in Increasingly Open Worlds,” MIT 2005

Building Growth: Why Don’t We Use What We Know,” MIT 2003