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 many established and start up corporate health care/medical technology boards. She initiated the courses in nonprofit and health care at HBS and was the first faculty member to be selected by the students as their best instructor.

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 is regularly named as one of the smartest people in health care by industry journals, most recently by Becker’s Hospital Review.

She teaches two HBS MBA courses, Innovating in Health Care (IHC) and IHC Field Studies, and leads an HBS Executive Education program, Business Innovations in Global Health Care (BIG). Based on that work, she is currently completing text and cases books on Innovating in Health Care for the life sciences, health insurance, and health care delivery sectors.

 In 2014, she launched a Harvard MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), on Innovating in Health Care; in 2013, a new  HBS Executive Education program “Business Innovations in Global Health Care” and a continuing series of conferences, “21st-Century Health Care Management Education: Confronting Challenges for Innovation with a Modern Curriculum,” sponsored by a group she formed, GENiE (Global Educators Network for Health Care Innovation Education), which has supported the many schools that have introduced courses/programs on Innovating in Health Care.

Regi earned her BS degree at MIT and her Doctorate at HBS. She married her MIT classmate, George Herzlinger (MIT, B.S., Ph.D, physics). Their two children both graduated from Harvard. Susan is an Endocrinologist and Alex is an executive with a major medtech firm, after attending HBS and completing two tours of Iraq as a U.S. Infantry Captain.  The Herzlinger’s have four adorable grandchildren.

For the next academic year, Regi plans to:
·    Publish a text and cases book related to my MBA course Innovating in Health Care
·    Complete structure and marketing for a major conference for academics and executives on the topic
·    Help creation of a new Federal health care tax law and new Mass. or Federal health care transparency agency that are related to my research link


  1. Consumer-Driven Health Care

    by Regina E. Herzlinger

    Since 1999, Professor Herzlinger's work in this area has provided the major impetus for the transformation of the health care sector: first in new consumer-driven insurance products sold by established insurers such as Aetna, United and CIGNA, as well as entrepreneurial firms; and, second, in the appearance of health care focused factories. She has authored a major new book, Who Killed Health Care? (McGraw-Hill, 2007); the best-selling Market-Driven Health Care and Consumer-Driven Health Care; major journal articles; a Harvard Business School Publishing video; and a number of Wall Street Journal articles and Marketplace (NPR) editorials. Professor Herzlinger is widely quoted and interviewed on the subject.
  2. Innovating in Health Care

    by Regina E. Herzlinger

    Since 2001, Professor Herzlinger has written over 50 new cases and notes for this second-year MBA course on the following subjects: insurance; providers; pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and biotechnology; medical devices sector; and health care information. She is completing the Instructors Guide for 2011 publication.
  3. Nature of Organizations

    by Regina E. Herzlinger

    Why do non-profit, public, and private business organizations exist? This project, begun in 2005, will became a seminar in 2007, focusing on the unique missions of these organizational forms and the resulting mechanisms for effective oversight.