November 2011

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus Charles M. Williams Dies at 94

    BOSTON—Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus Charles M. Williams, a renowned authority on commercial banking and a master of the art of case method teaching who influenced the lives and careers of thousands of MBA students and executives around the world, died of congestive heart failure on Nov. 17, at the North Hill retirement community in Needham, Mass. He was 94 years old. His wife of 65 years, Betty (Elizabeth Huffman), and their two children were at his side. At the time of his death, Williams was the School's George Gund Professor of Commercial Banking Emeritus. From 1960 to 1966, he had served as the Edmund Cogswell Converse Professor of Finance and Banking. Read more.

    • 18 Nov 2011

      Harvard Innovation Lab Opens

      BOSTON—Harvard University officially launches the Harvard Innovation Lab today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by President Drew Faust, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and Business School Dean Nitin Nohria. The ceremony will be followed by an open house and self-guided tours of the Allston facility. Read more.

    • 10 Nov 2011

      Gauging Groupon’s Public Offering

      BOSTON—Groupon's initial public offering made a big splash in the stock market last Friday, but according to Robert Wheeler, a Fellow at Harvard Business School's Forum for Growth and Innovation, how investors value the stock in the long term is a more important test for this and other IPOs. Read more.

    • 03 Nov 2011

      Harvard Business School Professor Paul. R. Lawrence Dies at 89

      BOSTON—Paul R. Lawrence, a renowned sociologist and a pivotal figure in the intellectual history of Harvard Business School who was one of the world's most influential and prolific scholars in the field of organizational behavior, died on Tuesday, Nov. 1, of prostate cancer at the Carleton-Willard retirement community in Bedford, Mass. He was 89. At the time of his death, he was the School's Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Organizational Behavior Emeritus. His research, published in 26 books and numerous articles, dealt with the human aspects of management. In particular, he studied organizational change, organization design, and the relationship between the structural characteristics of complex organizations and the technical, market, and other conditions of their immediate environment. Read more.