H. Kent Bowen

Bruce Rauner Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Professor Kent Bowen’s current research and teaching is in the field of operations and technology management. He has served as course head for the required first year MBA course, Technology and Operations Management, two advanced level courses, Running and Growing the Small Company, The Operating Manager, and Commercializing Science and High Technology.

Professor Bowen joined HBS in 1992 after 22 years on the faculties of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His current research focuses on managing technology-based enterprises: (1) managing science-based organizations; (2) a framework for the operations manager as leader, learner and teacher, and (3) principles for rapid learning in operations and technology management.

At MIT, Professor Bowen was Ford Professor of Engineering and a founder of Leaders for Manufacturing, a joint research and education program developed by MIT's School of Engineering and the Sloan School of Management. Throughout his career at MIT, Bowen's research focused on advanced materials, materials processing, technology management, and manufacturing. He has authored or co-authored over 190 articles, 45 case studies, and two books.

Professor Bowen is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of several professional societies.

Harvard Business School
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Click here for Teaching Cases and Harvard Business Review articles authored by Professor Bowen.

  1. Winner of the 1999–2000 Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research for "Decoding the DNA of the Toyota Production System" (with Steven Spear, Harvard Business Review, September–October 1999).