01 Dec 2021

New Faculty Profiles: Sabine Pitteloud


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.

Sabine Pitteloud, Harvard-Newcomen Fellow, General Management

What did you do before coming to HBS?
Before arriving in Boston, I was a lecturer in economic and social history at the University of Geneva. I have also held visiting positions at the Humboldt Universität Berlin, Germany, and at the New School for Social Research, New York.

What do you research and why?
My research investigates the political role of multinationals in shaping environmental norms. My motivation to tackle this topic came from the increased public concern about environmental issues and the growing frustration with political inaction.

What will you be teaching here?
I will be teaching sessions of the Business History Doctoral Seminar. I will focus on the history of business interest associations, the role of entrepreneurs in disseminating ideas, and the reactions of firms to European integration. I will also write teaching notes for the course Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a scholar?
If I weren’t a scholar, I would like to work as a diplomat, which would also allow me to live in different countries and to learn from different cultures.

Where are you from?
I grew up in the southern French-speaking part of Switzerland, surrounded by the Alps.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
I like trail running, it allows me to find a balance with indoor intellectual work and outdoor physical activities.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
I really enjoyed reading the trilogy Les enfants du désastres of French novelist Pierre Lemaître, which portrays Europe on the edge of disaster. This is a timeless story of how destinies are transformed by wars and economic downturns, but also of resilience and hope.

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