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Our faculty provide education and expertise rooted in real-world experience, linking theory and practice to shape business practice and train business leaders.

Nonprofit Strategy & Governance

Expanding its early focus on helping nonprofits operate more efficiently to the emerging space of social enterprises and the challenges of measuring social impact, the HBS faculty has developed a body of knowledge that encompasses leadership, strategy, and governance of mission-driven organizations across the spectrum, from entrepreneurial ventures to more established firms.

Business for Social Impact

Since its inception, the Social Enterprise Initiative has explored the role of business in creating social value. Today, SEI continues to examine the challenges and opportunities in harnessing the power of the markets to create both economic and social value.

K–12 Education

In 2003, HBS launched an MBA elective course focused on entrepreneurship in education reform and cofounded the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP) in collaboration with the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This multiyear research project focuses on the management levers needed to create and sustain high-performing K–12 public school districts in the United States. These efforts have resulted in more than 30 case studies focused on adapting and applying management concepts within urban public school systems to drive improved performance and on using entrepreneurial strategies to effect systemic change in K–12 education.

Impact Investing

Through teaching, research and engagement with practitioners and alumni, we are critically examining questions such as: What is the purpose of investing for impact? What return profiles are realistic? How do different strategies actually create social value? How is and how should social value be defined and measured? What does it mean in practice to be an impact investor?

Initiative Co-Chairs

Dutch Leonard

George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Management
Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration

V. Kasturi Rangan

Baker Foundation Professor
Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing, Emeritus

Faculty

Lynda M. Applegate

Baker Foundation Professor
Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emerita

James E. Austin

Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Joseph L. Bower

Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Ray A. Goldberg

George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business, Emeritus

Janice H. Hammond

Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing
Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community

Nien-he Hsieh

Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration
Joseph L. Rice, III Faculty Fellow

Robert S. Kaplan

Senior Fellow
Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development, Emeritus

William R. Kerr

Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration
Unit Head, Entrepreneurial Management

Joshua D. Margolis

James Dinan and Elizabeth Miller Professor of Business Administration
Unit Head, Organizational Behavior
Chair, Program for Leadership Development

Kathleen L. McGinn

Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration
Co-Unit Head, Negotiation, Organizations & Markets

Kristin W. Mugford

Melvin Tukman Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
Chair, MBA Field and Co-Curricular Activities

V.G. Narayanan

Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration
Chair, MBA Elective Curriculum

Lakshmi Ramarajan

Anna Spangler Nelson and Thomas C. Nelson Associate Professor of Business Administration

Forest L. Reinhardt

John D. Black Professor
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Promotions and Tenure

Jan W. Rivkin

C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration
Senior Associate Dean, Chair, MBA Program

William A. Sahlman

Baker Foundation Professor
Dimitri V. D'Arbeloff - MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus

Arthur I Segel

Baker Foundation Professor of Management Practice
Poorvu Family Professor of Management Practice, Retired

Luis M. Viceira

George E. Bates Professor
Senior Associate Dean, HBS Online; Senior Associate Dean, Executive Education

Matthew C. Weinzierl

Joseph and Jacqueline Elbling Professor of Business Administration
Chair, MBA Required Curriculum