23 May 2022

Harvard Business School Professors Win Wyss Awards for Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students


BOSTON—Two Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty members, Professor Francesca Gino and Associate Professor Charles C.Y. Wang, were selected by Doctoral students to receive the 14th annual Wyss Awards for Excellence in Mentoring for their work in the Doctoral Programs.

Additionally, senior faculty member Ryan Buell, professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit, and junior faculty member Ryan Raffaelli, the Marvin Bower Associate Professor, have been selected as the two runners-up based on the outstanding nominations they received.

The winners and runners-up were selected from a pool of more than 20 faculty nominees. In keeping with tradition, the main advisors of the selection committee chairs and award winners of the past five years were excluded from consideration.

Professor Francesca Gino

Gino, the Tandon Family Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, is an award-winning researcher whose work focuses on judgment, decision-making, and negotiation.

“Francesca constantly connects me to professors and field sites, always keeping me in mind and setting me up for success. When I talk to her, I sense her full attention, presence, interest, and curiosity,” one student said about their experience with Gino. “She is kind, caring, passionate and devoted to doing what is best for each of her mentees—while knowing the approach may vary from person to person. She approaches her mentorship relationships with an open mind, always willing to learn from each and every person, regardless of their status. She is powerful, yet humble.”

Associate Professor Charles C.Y. Wang

Wang is the Glenn and Mary Jane Creamer Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Accounting and Management Unit. His research focuses on studying corporate governance and equity valuation.

“Charlie devotes an incredible amount of time to coaching students. He really takes the time to understand our research and provides hands-on guidance,” one student commented. “Besides his excellent performance in research, he nearly shows up at every accounting seminar and provides suggestions to others. He is a true community contributor.”

The Wyss Awards are named in honor of Hansjoerg Wyss (MBA 1965) who, in 2004, established the Hansjoerg Wyss Endowment for Doctoral Education. The Wyss Endowment supports a broad range of efforts to strengthen the HBS Doctoral Programs, including fellowships and stipends for doctoral students, increased support for field research, new doctoral course development, teaching skills training, and the renovation of doctoral facilities on campus.


Mark Cautela

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.