BOSTON—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the School’s Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the University of Michigan’s commencement exercises on Saturday, May 4.
An expert in the fields of organizational change, leadership, global competitiveness and innovation, she earned master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan in 1965 and 1967, respectively. In praise of her accomplishments, Kanter’s citation read in part: “As a distinguished scholar, you influence business leaders and organizational practices worldwide through your teaching, writing, and consulting. Your paradigm-changing work challenges us to rethink how we use our intellectual, creative, and organizational resources.”
Kanter has coauthored or coauthored numerous articles and 18 books, including Men and Women in the Corporation, The Change Masters, Confidence, When Giants Learn to Dance, and SuperCorp. She was editor of the Harvard Business Review from 1989 to 1992.
In 2005, she co-founded and continues to serve as chair and director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, which is designed to enhance and leverage the skills of highly accomplished, experienced leaders who want to apply their talents to solve significant social problems, including those affecting health and welfare, children, and the environment, and focus on community and public service in the next phase of their careers.
Both Forbes magazine and the Times of London have listed Kanter among the 50 most powerful women in the world, and Thinkers 50 ranks her repeatedly among the most influential business thinkers globally.
Among many other accolades, Kanter has previously received the Academy of Management Distinguished Career Award, the Association of Leadership Professionals International Leadership Award, and 23 honorary degrees.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 80 open enrollment Executive Education programs and more than 60 custom programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.