Howard H. Stevenson

Emeritus Professor

Howard H. Stevenson is Sarofim-Rock Baker Foundation Professor emeritus, former Senior Associate Dean, Director of Publishing, and Chair of the Harvard Business Publishing Company board. The Sarofim-Rock Chair was established in 1982 to provide a continuing base for research and teaching in the field of entrepreneurship. Professor Stevenson is its first incumbent. The program for entrepreneurial studies uses a multi-disciplinary approach to the creation and maintenance of entrepreneurial focus of business organizations. He served as the Vice Provost for Harvard University Resources and Planning and as Senior Associate Provost from 2005 to 2007. As Senior Associate Dean and Director of External Relations at Harvard Business School from 2001 to 2005 he led the successful capital campaign. From 1999 to 2001 he served as Chair of the Latin American Faculty Advisory Group. He also served as Senior Associate Dean and Director of Financial and Information Systems for Harvard Business School from 1991 to 1994. He has been chairperson of the Owner/President Management Program in Executive Education and of the Publications Review Board for the Harvard Business School Press of Harvard Business Publishing Company.

Howard was a founder and first president of the Baupost Group, Inc. which manages partnerships investing in liquid securities for wealthy families. When he resigned from active management, Baupost assets had grown to over $400 million. He is now co-chairman of the Advisory Board of Baupost LLC, a $27 billion registered investment company. From 1978 to 1982, Professor Stevenson was Vice President of Finance and Administration and a Director of Preco Corporation, a large privately-held manufacturing company. In addition, in 1970-71, he served as Vice President of Simmons Associates, a small investment banking firm specializing in venture financing.

Prior to 1978, he held various academic appointments at Harvard University, specializing in Real Property Asset Management and General Management. He received his B.S. in mathematics, with distinction, from Stanford and his M.B.A., with high distinction, and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. He was a recipient of the ALCOA and Ford Foundation Fellowships for graduate study. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in 2007 by the Universite de Montreal.

He has authored, edited or co-authored twelve books and forty-two articles including New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur, with Michael J. Roberts and H. Irving Grousbeck; Policy Formulation and Administration, with C.R. Christensen, N. Berg and M. Salter; The Entrepreneurial Venture with William Sahlman, 'The Importance of Entrepreneurship' and 'Capital Market Myopia,' with William Sahlman; 'A Perspective on Entrepreneurship,' and 'Preserving Entrepreneurship As You Grow.' 'The Heart of Entrepreneurship', 'How Small Companies Should Deal with Advisers', 'Why Be Honest If Honesty Doesn't Pay' and 'Success That Lasts' have appeared in The Harvard Business Review. Other scholarly papers of his have appeared in Sloan Management Review, Real Estate Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Strategy , Strategic Management Journal and elsewhere. He has also authored, co-authored or supervised over one-hundred fifty cases at Harvard Business School. He is the author of Do Lunch or Be Lunch: The Power of Predictability in Creating Your Future, published by HBS Press and co-author, with David Amis, of Winning Angels: The Seven Fundamentals of Early Stage Investing. He co-authored with Laura Nash Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life and with Eileen C. Shapiro Make Your Own Luck; Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector was written with Jane Wei-Skillern, James E. Austin, and Herman Leonard; Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way was written with Shirley Spence.

He is currently a director of Camp Dresser & McKee Inc. as well as a trustee for several private trusts and foundations. He is a life trustee of the Boston Ballet and has been a director of Sudbury Valley Trustees where he served as president from 1996 to 2000. He is on the board of National Public Radio and served as chairman of National Public Radio Board of Directors from 2008-2010. He is a trustee of Mount Auburn Hospital and a trustee emeritus of the Nature Conservancy. He is a member of the governing board of INSPER School of Business in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a trustee of Olin College of Engineering a trustee of the Museum of Science and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

  1. Received the 2010 Entrepreneur for the World Award from the World Entrepreneurship Forum in the Expert category. Stevenson was described by the Forum as the founder of entrepreneurship as an academic field and lauded for his pioneering research and course development at HBS and for a body of work that has helped and influenced both academics and practitioners around the world.

  2. Given a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Université de Montréal in 2007.