H. Kent Bowen

Bruce Rauner Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Professor Kent BowenÂ’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.

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

  1. Science-Based Business and the Business of Science

    by H. Kent Bowen

    Science and technology can provide strategic advantage to companies' through differentiated products and processes. The focus of our research is on unusually productive and creative labs that are the sources of breakthroughs that create platforms for sustained advantage. This requires new research to develop an understanding of the structure and management processes that lead to superior performance. We believe that commercialization of breakthroughs also requires new business models. The first phases of this work is field-based case studies.