Initiatives & Projects

Throughout the School’s history, a hallmark of HBS faculty research has been its power in practice. Increasingly, this impact extends beyond the management of firms to the large-scale, cross-disciplinary issues that beset society. Research efforts that address these issues take different forms, including sustained, HBS-wide initiatives built upon robust cross-disciplinary research agendas that lead to publications and conferences to broaden the impact of the findings, and multidisciplinary projects to carry out an evolving agenda and make a substantive difference in the world.​​​​​

Behavioral Finance and Financial Stability

The Behavioral Finance and Financial Stability Project supports research collaborations across Harvard University to understand, predict, and prevent financial instability.

Business & Environment

The Business and Environment Initiative seeks to deepen business leaders' understanding of today’s environmental challenges and to assist them in developing effective solutions.

Business History

The Business History Initiative seeks to facilitate learning from the past through innovative research and course development, employing global and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Creating Emerging Markets

The Creating Emerging Markets project explores the evolution of business leadership in Africa, Asia, and Latin America throughout recent decades.


The Digital Initiative is a cross-unit venture that unites scholars and practitioners to explore and impact the transformation of business in today’s digital, networked, and media-rich environment.


The Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship supports Harvard Business School's mission to "educate leaders who make a difference in the world" by infusing this leadership perspective with an entrepreneurial point of view.

Forum for Growth and Innovation

The Forum for Growth and Innovation is designed to discover, develop and disseminate robust, accessible theory in the areas of innovation and general management, in order to create a tighter link between research and practice in general management.


The Gender Initiative supports research, education, and knowledge dissemination to accelerate the advancement of women leaders and promote gender equity in business and society.


The Global Initiative builds on a legacy of global engagement by supporting the HBS community of faculty, students, and alumni in their work, encouraging a global outlook in research, study, and practice.

Health Care

The Health Care Initiative serves as a gateway for health care research, educational programs, and collaboration across all sectors of the health care industry.

Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness

The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness studies competition and its implications for company strategy; the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities; and solutions to social problems.


The Leadership Initiative undertakes cutting-edge research and course development projects about leadership and leadership development, both within HBS and through collaborations with other organizations.

Public Education Leadership Project (PELP)

Faculty members from Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education launched the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) to create and disseminate knowledge about how to manage urban school districts.

Social Enterprise

The Social Enterprise Initiative at HBS applies innovative business practices and managerial disciplines to drive sustained, high-impact social change.

U.S. Competitiveness

The U.S. Competitiveness Project is a research-led effort to understand and improve the competitiveness of the United States. The project is committed to identifying practical steps that business leaders can take to strengthen the U.S. economy.