John D. Macomber

Senior Lecturer of Business Administration

John Macomber is a Senior Lecturer in the Finance unit at Harvard Business School. His professional background includes leadership of real estate, construction, construction services, and information technology businesses. At HBS, Mr. Macomber is engaged in the Business and Environment Initiative and Social Enterprise Initiative. He teaches Finance, Real Estate, Urbanization, and Entrepreneurship courses in the elective curriculum and in Executive Education. He is the former Chairman and CEO of the George B H Macomber Company, a large regional general contractor; and remains a principal in several real estate partnerships.  John serves or has served on the boards of Young Presidents Organization International (YPO), Boston Private Bank, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Vela Systems.

Courses include: "Real Property Asset Management," "Real Estate Development, Design, and Construction," and "Sustainable Cities: Urbanization, Infrastructure, and Finance." He is part of the teaching team for "Field Course: Innovation in Business, Energy, and Environment". He is chair or co-chair of Executive Education programs including "Real Estate Management," "Real Estate Executive Seminar," and "Develop India: Real Estate Strategies for Growth."   Mr. Macomber also teaches "Economics, Strategy, and Sustainability" at the Harvard Design School. Prior to coming to HBS, John was a lecturer at MIT in Civil Engineering and Real Estate.

Mr. Macomber is a graduate of Dartmouth College (Mathematics in the Social Sciences) and Harvard Business School.

  1. Building Sustainable Cities: Finance, Design, and Innovation

    This MBA elective takes a component approach to the parts that make up sustainable, competitive cities: buildings; infrastructure including transit, power, water, and IT; mini-cities, and greenfield new cities.

    Keywords: urbanization; real estate; social enterprise; environment;

  2. Innovation in Business, Energy and the Environment

    This MBA Elective is offered as a half credit classroom course and as a full credit classroom plus project course.  Students investigate industries and interventions in a wide range of topics ranging from hydraulic fracturing to nutrition in urban school districts; from large companies to startups, and from investors to regulators.
  3. Investing in Sustainable, Competitive Cities

    This Executive Education course is offered for one week in March of each year, by application.   The course explores how private sector investors, businesses, and entrepreneurs can follow a logical framework to invest in the components of cities that lead to both economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.