Doctoral Student

Channing Spencer

Channing Spencer is a Doctoral Student in the Organizational Behavior program jointly offered by Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology at Harvard. She is also an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS).

Her research focuses on networks, entrepreneurship, and data-driven organizational change in the digital economy. She is interested in both micro- and macro-level dynamics, outcomes, and strategies.
Channing holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard, where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the economic, social, and political status of domestic workers in Brazil and employer-employee relations in the informal labor market. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked at Microsoft in product marketing and Pearson PLC in product strategy.

Cases and Teaching Materials

  1. Alere

    Raffaella Sadun, Catherine Slater and Channing Spencer

    The Board of Alere, Inc, a leading medical diagnostic firm, is evaluating the offer made by Ron Zwanziger, the firm’s founder and former CEO, to acquire the company and take it private. The offer arrives at the end of a tumultuous year for the company, which saw Zwanziger fighting and ultimately losing a confrontation with activist investors Coppersmith Capital. How should the board evaluate this offer? Should they reject it, on the basis that Zwanziger’s decision to expand into integrated healthcare solutions was the main reason behind the company’s poor stock performance, as Coppersmith claimed? Or should they once more place their trust in Zwanziger’s leadership, and in Alere’s ability to effectively implement his vision?

    Keywords: Governance; United States;


    Sadun, Raffaella, Catherine Slater, and Channing Spencer. "Alere." Harvard Business School Case 717-402, August 2016. (Revised August 2016.) View Details