John J. Gabarro
Baker Foundation Professor
Jack Gabarro is Baker Foundation Professor in Organizational Behavior at the Harvard Business School where he has also served as UPS Foundation Professor of Human Resource Management.
Gabarro's research has focused on leadership, executive succession, professional service firms, and organizational change. He is the author or co-author of eight books including When Professionals Have to Lead with Thomas DeLong and Robert Lees (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), Breaking Through with David Thomas, which won the 2001 George Terry Prize, given by the Academy of Management for contribution to management theory and practice and the Dynamics of Taking Charge which won the New Perspectives in Leadership Award and was named one of the best business books of the year by the Wall Street Journal. Gabarro is also a recipient of the McKinsey Foundation Award and the Johnson Smith Knisely Foundation Award for research on executive leadership. His current research focuses on leadership in professional service firms.
Gabarro has taught in Harvard's MBA, Executive and Doctoral Programs. He has served as faculty chair of Harvard's International Senior Management Program, twice as head of its Organizational Behavior Unit and most recently as faculty chair of HBS Executive Education's Advanced Management Program.
Gabarro has worked with a number of firms including Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young, Ford Motor Co., Goldman Sachs, IBM, Morgan Stanley, and General Electric, where he served as lead consultant for GE Capital's workout initiative. He is currently a director of Towers Watson & Co., having previously served as a director of Jupiter Saturn Holding Co., Watson Wyatt & Co., the Wyatt Company, and Town and Country.
Gabarro completed his MBA, doctorate and post-doctoral work at Harvard before joining its faculty.
(See also John Gabarro and Jack Gabarro)
Organizational Change in Professional Service Firms
Professor Gabarro's current research focuses on organizational change in professional service firms and the challenges that they face in dealing with increased size, scale and complexity.