26 Feb 2009

HBS Hosts Colloquium on Alternative Business Models for Professional Service Firms

Senior Lecturer Robert Eccles

BOSTON — Harvard Business School's Leadership Initiative recently hosted "Alternative Business Models for Professional Service Firms," a colloquium aimed to begin a thoughtful, productive, and provocative dialogue on this topic. The colloquium took place on February 11th and 12th, and approximately 8o participants gathered at HBS to network and generate ideas.

Co-chaired by Senior Lecturer Robert Eccles, Assistant Professor Heidi K. Gardner, and Professor Leslie Perlow, the event included plenary sessions and discussion groups focused on providing practical insights and defining a research agenda.

The sessions, which were moderated by HBS faculty, included topics such as "The Client's Perspective," "Strategic Choices for Alternative Business Model Professional Service Firms," "Human Capital Strategies," and the "Role of Information Technology." A full list of the schedule is available here.

Professor Leslie Perlow

The HBS Leadership Initiative (www.hbs.edu/leadership) is a catalyst for carrying out the School's mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world. Since its inception, HBS has been committed to shaping business leaders with the integrity and capabilities to build world-class organizations. The Leadership Initiative seeks to ensure that HBS remains at the forefront of leadership research and development for the 21st century and beyond.

Assistant Professor Heidi K. Gardner

About Harvard Business School

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 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.