Paul M. Healy

James R. Williston Professor of Business Administration
Senior Associate Dean for Research

Paul Healy is the James R. Williston Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research at the Harvard Business School. His research covers a broad range of topics, including financial analysis, Wall Street research, corruption, governance, mergers and acquisitions, and business ethics. He joined the HBS faculty in 1998, after fourteen years on the faculty at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, where he received awards for teaching excellence in 1991, 1992, and 1997. He received accounting and finance degrees from Victoria University in New Zealand (1976 and 1977) and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester (1981). He has published widely in the leading academic and practitioner journals, has received numerous research rewards, and is the co-author of one of the leading financial analysis textbooks. He has taught MBA and executive courses on accounting, financial analysis, corporate boards, and ethical leadership.


  1. Wall Street Research

    Wall Street research helps to support a well-functioning capital market by providing investors with information about investment opportunities, and corporate issuers with liquidity for their stocks. Yet surprisingly little is known about how Wall Street research actually works. Academic research has focused on analysts' earnings forecasts and stock recommendations, although investors appear to put little stock in this summary data. Regulators have focused on concerns about analysts' conflicts of interest that diminish the quality and integrity of analyst research. My research provides greater insights into how analysts perform their role as information intermediaries, how they are managed and rewarded, and how they really perform.

    Keywords: sell-side analysts; brokerage; investment banking; buy-side analysts; compensation; Financial Services Industry;

  2. Corruption

    World Bank estimates indicate that as much as $1 trillion is paid in bribes throughout the world in a given year. Corruption has been shown to slow economic development. My research focuses on how corruption affects multinational companies. It discusses differences in companies’ commitments to fighting corruption and their implications for performance, as well as providing greater understanding for how companies become involved in corruption and the consequences of getting caught.

    Keywords: corruption; Internal governance;