Thomas R. Eisenmann
Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration
Thomas R. Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Faculty Co-Chair of the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. He studies the management of new ventures. Eisenmann teaches an MBA elective course, Product Management 101, in which students specify and supervise development of a software application. In recent years, Eisenmann has served as Chair of Harvard's MBA Elective Curriculum—the second year of the MBA Program—and as course head of The Entrepreneurial Manager, taught to all 900 first-year MBA students. He co-led a Harvard Innovation Lab course, Cultural Entrepreneurship in New York City, in which students from across Harvard spent a winter break week in New York exploring new ventures in fashion, food, and fine arts, and co-led four similar winter break trips to Silicon Valley. Eisenmann also created the MBA electives Launching Technology Ventures, which examines challenges that entrepreneurs encounter when starting and scaling new information technology businesses, and Managing Networked Business (now called The Online Economy), which surveys strategies for platform-based businesses that leverage network effects.
Professor Eisenmann received his Doctorate in Business Administration ('98), MBA ('83), and BA ('79) from Harvard University. Prior to entering the HBS Doctoral Program, Eisenmann spent eleven years as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he was co-head of the Media and Entertainment Practice. Eisenmann is on the editorial board of Strategic Management Journal. He currently serves as a director on the boards of Harvard Business Publishing and Harvard Student Agencies, the world’s largest student-run corporation.
Blogs: Platforms & Networks, Launching Tech Ventures (course blog with student posts)
European Case Clearing House (ecch) Case Award. Strategy and General Management:
Won a 2011 European Case Clearing House (ecch) Award in the Strategy and General Management category for his case with Benjamin G. Edelman, "Google Inc." (HBS Case 910-036) and another ecch Award in the Entrepreneurship category for his case with Mikołaj Jan Piskorski, David Chen, and Brian Feinstein, "Facebook’s Platforms" (HBS Case 808-128).