George Serafeim

Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration

George Serafeim is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA and doctoral programs, chaired Executive Education programs, authored more than 100 articles and business cases, and presented his research in more than 100 conferences and seminars. He has spoken at major events in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the most popular business authors, according to rankings of the Social Science Research Network.

Professor Serafeim's research interests are international, focusing on corporate valuation, governance and reporting issues. His work has been published in the most prestigious academic and practitioner journals, such as The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Financial Analysts Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. His research is regularly cited in the media, including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economist, The Guardian, BBC, Le Monde, El País, Corriere della Sera, Washington Post, and NPR. 

Professor Serafeim has extensive experience as a senior advisor and board member in both the non-profit and private sectors. He is a co-founder of KKS Advisors and a senior advisor to Calvert Research and Management. He serves on the board of directors of the High Meadows Institute, the advisory boards of Terra Alpha and Arabesque Partners, the working group of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism and the Technical Review Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings. He was a member of the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. 

Professor Serafeim earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research. He received a master's degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded the Emeritus Professors' Prize for best academic performance. He grew up in Athens, Greece.

  1. Winner of the inaugural Pericles Leadership Award from the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Japonica Partners in 2015.

  2. Winner of the second place 2013 Hermes Fund Managers' Best Paper Prize for the paper "Causes and Consequences of Firm Disclosures of Anticorruption Efforts" (with Paul Healy, Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 12–077, 2012).

  3. Runner-up for the 2013 Whitebox Grant for Research in the Behavioral Sciences for the paper with Mozaffar Khan and Leonid Kogan, "Mutual Fund Trading Pressure: Firm-Level Stock Price Impact and Timing of SEOs" (Journal of Finance, 2012).

  4. Received the Scandinavian Private Bank (SEB) Award at the 2011 PRI-Mistra Conference for his paper with Beiting Cheng and Ioannis Ioannou, “Corporate Social Responsibility and Access to Finance" (Strategic Management Journal, forthcoming).

  5. Selected for publication in the 2010 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings for "The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Investment Recommendations," coauthored with Ioannis Ioannou.

  6. Won the 2010 Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research.