Lynda M. Applegate

Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration

Lynda M. Applegateis the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at HBS and serves as the Faculty Chair of the HBS Business Owner Portfolio of executive programs, which includes the Owner President Management and Key Executive programs and its newly-launched Global Immersions for Business Owners. Since joining the HBS faculty over 25 years ago, Lynda has held a variety of leadership positions, including serving as the head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, Cohort Chair of the MBA program, and head of Field Based Learning. Between 1995 and 2003, she served as Co-Chair of the Harvard Policy Group on Networked Government Services and she also served on the Harvard University Provost’s Technology Advisory Council. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Lynda was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Arizona. In addition to her academic positions, Lynda also launched a series of entrepreneurial ventures and held a variety of leadership positions in the health care industry during the 1970s.

 Lynda’s current research and recent publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging governance models to support inter-firm collaborative innovation. She is the Series Editor for the Core Readings in Entrepreneurship series, published by Harvard Business Publishing. In addition, she is the author of over 40 articles, books, and book chapters, and over 350 published case studies, online learning DVDs, and course materials.

 Lynda is the recipient of numerous HBS awards for her research, teaching, and service to the school. Most recently, she was awarded the Robert F. Greenhill award for her outstanding contributions to HBS. She has also received Harvard Business School’s Berol Award for Research Excellence and its Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. In addition, she has also won numerous “Best Paper” awards for her academic research on 21st century business models and on executive team decision-making and collaboration when developing and launching strategic innovations.

 Lynda is an active international consultant and has served on the board of directors of both public and venture-backed companies. She is an advisor and advisory board member for entrepreneurs launching new ventures and for senior executives launching innovation in established companies. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for NASDAQ and the GAO’s Executive Council for Information Management and Technology. Lynda has also served as a policy advisor on a Blue-Ribbon Panel to define a National Research Agenda on the development of the Network Economy and as a member of a roundtable panel for President Clinton's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

  1. Managing in an Information Age

    Lynda M. Applegate's research focuses on the influence of information technology on markets and organizations. Her findings on the evolution of electronic commerce and on the role of information technology as an enabler of flexible and adaptive organizational designs and innovative management control systems have been widely published in the Harvard Business Review, Management Systems Quarterly, Organizational Computing, Information Systems and Decision Processes, and Operations Research, among other journals. Applegate is the author of a custom-published casebook, Managing in an Information Age, an online course, Building E-Businesses, and is co-author of Corporate Information Strategy and Management: The Challenges of Managing in a Networked Economy and Creating Business Advantage in the Information Age.