08 Dec 2021

New Faculty Profiles: Toby Stuart


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.

Toby Stuart, visiting professor, Strategy

What is your educational background?
I received my undergraduate degree in economics from Carleton College and earned my doctorate from Stanford GSB. Before returning to HBS this year, I was on the faculty at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, and even previously at HBS.

What’s your area of research and what led you to it?
My training is as an empirical economic sociologist. The majority of my past work has been on social and corporate networks and their roles in shaping either entrepreneurial or strategic outcomes. More recently, I have spent the lion’s share of my research time working on healthcare. My team has been working with the five-year health histories for all residents of Massachusetts via the state’s All Payers Medical Claims data. In addition, I still research questions in entrepreneurship and strategy, and I have just begun to draft my first book.

What will you be teaching here?
Strategy in the MBA Required Curriculum.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a professor?
I would be a different kind of professor. Had I not been hired for a two-year term to write cases at HBS, I had planned to get a PhD in philosophy.

Where are you from?
I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, then moved to three other cities before attending high school in Salt Lake City, Utah.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
Thanks to a decade in Utah, mostly anything in the mountains—ski, bike, or hike.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
Having a favorite book isn’t really possible, but mine is still Crime and Punishment. The painting that means the most to me is Christina’s World.

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