Doctoral Student

Paul Isaac Green

In 2006 Paul joined The Morning Star Company, a California based integrated food processing company, where he co-founded the Morning Star Self-Management Institute.  Paul was principally responsible for advancing Morning Star through their unique and innovative organizational system.  Morning Star, which has been called, "the world's most creatively managed company" and was named one of Inc. Magazine's most audacious companies because of their organizational system, is widely considered one of the world's leading organizational innovators.  Paul's leadership in advancing their philosophy and systems, combined with his drive to better understand human nature and motivation through research and experimentation, were instrumental in enabling Morning Star's organizational system to scale as Morning Star experienced significant growth.
In 2006, after five years as an entrepreneur, Paul joined The Morning Star Company, a California based integrated food processing company, where he co-founded the Morning Star Self-Management Institute.  Paul was principally responsible for advancing Morning Star through their unique and innovative organizational system.  Morning Star, which has been called, "the world's most creatively managed company" and was named one of Inc. Magazine's most audacious companies because of their organizational system, is widely considered one of the world's leading organizational innovators.  Paul's leadership in advancing their philosophy and systems, combined with his drive to better understand human nature and motivation through research and experimentation, were instrumental in enabling Morning Star's organizational system to scale as Morning Star experienced significant growth.

During his time at Morning Star and with the Self-Management Institute, Paul partnered with dozens of organizations on applied organizational research projects, all aimed at exploring the fundamental principles that yield an environment where people flourish.  Paul worked with the Institute technical team to design technological systems to support Morning Star's unique organizational system--like the award-winning CLOU web application and the proprietary Steppingstone & Colleague Review performance management system.  Paul also helped develop numerous internal and external educational programs, including the Institute's Mini-MBA program, designed to help factory and farm employees cultivate basic business skills enabling better front-line decision-making.  

Paul has spoken to audiences in the U.S. and around the World, and won the 2012 Harvard Business Review/McKinsey M-Prize for his work advancing Self-Management.

Cases and Teaching Materials

  1. Scaling Well by Doing Good: Motivating Talent at b.good

    Francesca Gino, Paul Green Jr. and Bradley Staats

    Boston-based fast-casual chain, b.good, was founded on the idea of healthy food, sourced locally, and prepared in-store. They'd worked to build a value-based business, and worked hard to cultivate a sense of family--among employees, customers and suppliers. In 2015, they had entered a period of substantial growth, with the company doubling in size over the past 12 months, and plans to double again over the coming twelve months. The management felt this purpose and sense of family had served them well, but were worried that growth would water down these key ingredients to their success. As they enter 2016, they are particularly focused on ensuring that they get the "people" systems right.

    Keywords: motivation; values; corporate culture; growth strategy; Service Industry; United States; New England;

    Citation:

    Gino, Francesca, Paul Green Jr., and Bradley Staats. "Scaling Well by Doing Good: Motivating Talent at b.good." Harvard Business School Case 916-031, February 2016. View Details