Regina E. Herzlinger

Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration

Regina E. Herzlinger is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She was the first woman to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School and the first to serve on a number of corporate boards. She is widely recognized for her innovative research in health care, including her early predictions of the unraveling of managed care and the rise of consumer-driven health care, a term that she coined. Money has dubbed her the “Godmother” of consumer-driven health care.

Regina E. Herzlinger is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. She was the first woman to be tenured and chaired at Harvard Business School and the first to serve on many established and start up corporate health care /medical technology boards. All of her health care books have been best sellers in their categories, recognized for their innovative research. Money dubbed her the “Godmother” of consumer-driven health care. Her work was key to introducing consumer-driven health plans and “focused health factories”, such as centers for orthopedics, cardiology, or cancer care.  She has frequently been named as one of the 40 smartest people in healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review and other industry journals.

She teaches two HBS MBA courses, Innovating in Health Care and Innovating Biomedical Technology, and two related Field Study courses. Based on that work, she is currently completing two text and cases books on Innovating in Health Care for the life sciences, health insurance, and health care delivery. In 2014, she launched a Harvard MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), BUS5.1x: Innovating in Health Care (IHC) https://www.edx.org/course/harvardx/harvardx-bus5-1x-innovating-health-care-1405#.UzrUO_m9md8; in 2013 , a new  HBS Executive Education program “Business Innovations in Global Health Care”; and in 2012, a continuing series of conferences, “21st-Century Health Care Management Education: Confronting Challenges for Innovation with a Modern Curriculum”. 

  1. American College of Physician Executives. Honorary Membership: Awarded honorary membership in the American College of Physician Executives in 2008 in recognition of her many contributions to the advancement of medical management.

  2. Pioneer in Health Economics Award: Winner of the 2007 Pioneer in Health Economics Award from Consumers for Health Care Choices.

  3. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Financial and Management Accounting Committee Award for Articles of Merit Competition: Winner of the 2000 Articles of Merit Competition of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Financial and Management Accounting Committee for "The Outsiders" (Management Accounting, June 2000).

  4. James A. Hamilton Award: Winner of the 1998 James A. Hamilton Book of the Year Award presented by American College of Healthcare Executives for Market-Driven Health Care (Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. Inc., 1996).