Willis M. Emmons

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
Director, C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning

WILLIAM (WILLIS) EMMONS is Senior Lecturer and Director of the C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard Business School, a position he has held since 2004.  As Director of the Christensen Center, Emmons oversees programs to promote and support teaching excellence and innovation within Harvard Business School and to provide leadership and expertise about case method teaching and participant-centered learning for instructors at other institutions in the United States and abroad.

From 1999-2004, Emmons was Associate Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in the area of Strategy, Economics, Ethics and Policy, where he received the Graduate Teaching Award (2003). At Georgetown he taught courses on strategic management and international business. Emmons was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty from 1989-1999 where, as part of the Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) unit, he taught courses in the M.B.A. and executive education programs. He also has taught extensively in corporate executive development programs and has consulted to corporations and governments on domestic and international issues relating to business strategy and government policy.

Emmons received the A.B. cum laude in Government (Phi Beta Kappa), the M.B.A. with high distinction (Baker Scholar), and the Ph.D. in Business Economics, all from Harvard University. His book, The Evolving Bargain: Strategic Implications of Deregulation and Privatization. (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000), winner of the 2001 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award, is based on extensive international research and offers a practical framework for understanding the challenges and potential rewards for established and new ventures in the face of domestic and international market liberalization. Emmons has published articles in a number of scholarly journals, including The RAND Journal of Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and The Journal of Economic History. He is also the author of over thirty Harvard Business School case studies and conceptual notes in the field of business, government, and competition.

  1. Public Policy and Markets

    by Willis M. Emmons

    William (Willis) M. Emmons III is investigating the interaction of public policy, markets, business strategy, and performance at the levels of firm, industry, and society. Emmons' approach draws heavily on economic theories of industrial organization, market failure, and property rights, which he applies to the behavior of firms and managers operating in environments shaped significantly by public policy. His research to date has focused on a number of industries that are typically subject to government intervention, including public utilities, telecommunications and the media, transportation, natural resources, and health care. Emmons' findings, which have been reported in a number of scholarly publications, including The RAND Journal of Economics,The Review of Economics and Statistics, and The Journal of Economic History, form the basis of the elective course, Capitalism Constrained: Public Policy and the Manager. Emmons is currently completing a book on the managerial challenges of deregulation and privatization based on extensive field research in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia.