Julie Battilana

Associate Professor of Business Administration

Julie Battilana is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior unit at Harvard Business School. She currently teaches the second-year Power and Influence course and in previous years has taught the first-year Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA program.  She also teaches in the doctoral program and in executive education offerings.

Professor Battilana's research examines the process by which organizations or individuals initiate and implement changes that diverge from the taken-for-granted norms in a field of activity. Such divergent changes are particularly challenging to implement because they require not only breaking with existing norms, but also convincing others to rally behind the change. Professor Battilana’s research aims to elucidate what it takes to initiate divergent change, and how to succeed in its implementation. To do so, she has developed two streams of research that address divergent change at different levels of analysis. The first focuses on understanding the conditions that enable individuals to initiate and implement divergent change within their organizations. The second examines how organizations themselves can diverge from deeply-seated organizational forms, which, as they become taken-for-granted over time, prescribe the structures and management systems that organizations in a given sector ought to adopt. Studies in this stream reveal the role of hybrid organizing in this process—defined as the activities, structures, processes and meanings by which organizations make sense of and combine multiple organizational forms. Professor Battilana's research focuses on a specific instance of hybrid organizing by examining social enterprises that diverge from the established organizational forms of both typical corporations and typical not-for-profits by combining aspects of both at their core. Her work aims to understand how these hybrids can sustainably combine aspects of corporations and not-for-profits at their core and how they can achieve high levels of both social and commercial performance. 

She has articles published or forthcoming in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership QuarterlyManagement Science, Organization, Organization ScienceOrganization Studies, Research in Organizational Behavior and Strategic Organization. Her research has been featured in publications like BusinessWeek, the Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is also a regular contributor to the French newspaper Le Monde.

A native of France, Professor Battilana earned a B.A. in sociology and economics, an M.A. in political sociology and an M.Sc. in organizational sociology and public policy from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.  She also holds a degree from HEC Business School, and a joint Ph.D. in organizational behavior from INSEAD and in management and economics from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.

Julie Battilana's Most Recent Columns for "Le Monde"

Julie Battilana is a regular contributor to the French newspaper "Le Monde." Below are her most recent articles.

Where are the Political Ideas Being Produced?

July, 16 2014

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The Vicious Cycle of Poverty 

June 11, 2014

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After the Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution 

May 14, 2014

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Learning from the Financial Crisis

March 19, 2014

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How to Fight Inequality

February 19, 2014

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The Pleasure of Giving 

October 31, 2013

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Move Abroad to Innovate Better

August 21, 2013

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The Virtuous Circle of Social Responsibilty 

July 10, 2013

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When Generosity and Business Go Well Together 

May 29, 2013

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How Has Amazon Succeeded Where Sony Failed?  

April 8, 2013

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Achieving a Successful Partnership in Research and Development 

March 11, 2013

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Collective Recruitment Limits Discrimination in Hiring 

February 12, 2013

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Financial Markets Are Poor Judges of Businesses' Ability to Innovate

January 14, 2013

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The Big Data Gold Mine

November 26, 2012

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The Entrepreneur's Dilemma 

October 29, 2012

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Taking the Time to Write to Improve Innovation


October 1, 2012

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M&A's Are Not the Only Growth Option for Companies

September 5, 2012

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Women in Leadership Positions Make a Difference

July 2, 2012

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500 billion dollars in 10 years for impact investing

June 4, 2012

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When disconnecting is the best way to communicate


May 8, 2012

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Fighting ethnic discrimination at the workplace

April 10, 2012

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How can workplace stress be reduced?

February 27, 2012

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Instituting a single language isn’t without its risks

January 23, 2012

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Are the Fight against Poverty and the Pursuit of Profit Compatible Goals?

November 7, 2011

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Multinationals in the web of social media

September 27, 2011

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Is “Distributed” Innovation A Panacea?

June 2011

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Multinational corporations under fire from public opinion campaigns

May 16, 2011

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G-20: Multinationals in the political arena

March 15, 2011

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When Michael Porter Pleads in Favor of Creating Social Value

February 8, 2011

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The fine mix of delocalizing research and development

January 11, 2011

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Recruiting Stars Might Be A Trap

November 30, 2010

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How Can Emerging Competition Be Resisted?

November 3, 2010

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Does it Pay to be Good?

September 28, 2010

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Social Networks: A Source of Friends … and Revenue

June 29, 2010

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Achieving equality between men and women is not an impossible task

June 1, 2010

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Finance and Social Responsibility: When will there be a single annual report?

March 17, 2010

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