Scott Mayfield is a Senior Lecturer of Business Administration in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School. Prior rejoining the faculty in 2011, Professor Mayfield was an assistant professor and member of the Finance Unit at HBS from 1997 to 2001. Professor Mayfield currently teaches the second semester finance course in the first year of the MBA program, as well as Finance for Senior Executives and the corporate finance component of the Program for Leadership Development in the Executive Education Program. Previously, Professor Mayfield has taught the advanced corporate finance course in the second year of the MBA program and has been on the faculty of numerous executive education programs, including the Program for Management Development (now GMP), Focused Financial Management, and Creating Value through Corporate Restructuring.
His research focuses on valuation, asset pricing, and the dynamic nature of corporate decision making, including capital budgeting decisions, financing, and payout policies. His articles have been published in a variety of academic journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, the Journal of Economics and Business, and the Physical Review A. Professor Mayfield has also written numerous case studies on a range of valuation, financing, and strategic decision making topics. His current research focuses on the valuation and financing of startup ventures.
In addition to his academic research, Professor Mayfield has served as a consultant to numerous corporations and investment advisors. He has also served as an expert witness in litigation matters involving complex valuation and corporate finance issues. Prior to rejoining the HBS Faculty, Professor Mayfield was the Financial Markets Practice Leader and Vice President at Charles River Associates.
Professor Mayfield received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in Economics with Highest Honors from Williams College.