05 Nov 2021

New Faculty Profiles: Hise Gibson


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to managers. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

Hise Gibson, senior lecturer, Technology and Operations Management

What did you do before coming to HBS?
I have moved 19 times across the U.S., Korea, and Germany in over 25 years of military service. I was most recently an academy professor (tenured) of systems engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, which is my alma mater. My most recent operational assignment was as battalion commander of an Aviation organization with 650 soldiers and 35 helicopters in the 82nd Airborne Division. I attained the rank of colonel and completed my doctorate in the TOM unit in 2015.

How have you exercised leadership in business?
Leadership is about inspiring others and being inclusive. By creating and enabling a collaborative psychological safe environment, value to your customers and shareholders will exponentially increase. I have practiced leading large diverse teams through crisis while managing complex situations. I have had the benefit of many repetitions and the opportunity to fail early and often.

What will you be teaching here?
I am teaching the Technology and Operations Management in the Required Curriculum (RC) this fall, an RC course on Inclusive Leadership in the spring, and a FIELD course. I will hopefully be doing some research and writing on operational strategy, technology integration, and leadership.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professor?
I’d be either serving as public servant in politics or working in a senior operational role in a large technology-based organization.

Where are you from?
I am from Lufkin, Texas, in the eastern part of the state, approximately 100 miles north of Houston.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
I enjoy running with my daughters. I also enjoying traveling and meeting interesting people.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
Book: Good Leaders ask Great Questions by John C. Maxwell
Movie: We Were Soldiers Once and Young
Art: The painting Tracking Victorio by Don Stivers

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