Shon R. Hiatt

Assistant Professor of Business Administration (Leave of Absence)

Shon Hiatt is an assistant professor of business administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit. He teaches the Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA program required curriculum, and also teaches in the Agribusiness Seminar and Global Energy Seminar executive education programs. He is engaged in the HBS Business and Environment initiative and is a faculty affiliate of the Harvard University Center for the Environment.

Professor Hiatt’s research explores issues related to institutional change, innovation, and business strategy in a diverse set of economic contexts, ranging from the energy and agribusiness sectors to emerging economies. He received the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Award for his work on the U.S. biodiesel industry, was a finalist in the 2009 INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition, and was a Nominee for the Academy of Management's Louis Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award. His research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Strategic Management Journal.

Professor Hiatt received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he also earned an MPA. Prior to his academic career, he was involved in international development, working with Latin American microfinance institutions and focusing on new-venture performance.

  1. Shon R. Hiatt: Received the 2008 Best Paper Award from the Administrative Science Association of Canada for his paper, "From Pabst to Pepsi: The Deinstitutionalization of Social Practices and the Emergence of Entrepreneurial Opportunities" (Administrative Science Quarterly 54, no. 4, December 2009).