Leadership and Faculty

The Harvard Business Analytics Program is designed by faculty from across HBS, SEAS, and FAS. These award-winning scholars, researchers, and educators share their unique perspectives and experiences with students both inside the classroom and in carefully crafted coursework materials.

Meet the faculty members and learn more about their accomplishments:

University Sponsors

Frank Doyle

Frank Doyle is the dean of the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. A distinguished scholar in chemical engineering, Dean Doyle previously served as associate dean for research at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering. His work in the field involves applying systems engineering principles to the analysis of regulatory mechanisms in biological systems.

Srikant M. Datar

Srikant M. Datar is the dean of Harvard Business School. A distinguished scholar and educator, Dean Datar’s interests focus on management education, design thinking, innovative problem solving, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He is the eleventh dean of HBS and began his tenure on Jan. 1, 2021.

Faculty Chairs

Karim Lakhani – Digital Strategy and Innovation

Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration and the Dorothy & Michael Hintze Fellow at Harvard Business School, founder and co-director of the HBS Digital Initiative. Professor Lakhani is known for his pioneering scholarship on how communities and contests can be designed and managed to achieve innovative outcomes. His research on digital transformation has shown the importance of analytics and AI in reshaping business and operating models.

David Parkes – Data-Driven Marketing

David C. Parkes is the George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and co-director of the Harvard Data Science Initiative. He is known for his work on algorithmic economics, market design, artificial intelligence, and the digital economy. Throughout his career he has been recognized for his work and invited as a distinguished speaker on the topics of emerging and future technology at some of the most respected institutions in the world.

Program Faculty

Joe Blitzstein – Data Science Pipeline and Critical Thinking

Joseph K. Blitzstein is a Professor of the Practice in Statistics. He received his master’s in statistics and PhD in mathematics from Stanford University and has been a member of the teaching faculty at Harvard University since July 2006. In addition to teaching, he is an avid researcher whose interests focus on graphical models, complex networks, Monte Carlo methods, combinatorics and random structures, and importance sampling and variance-reduction techniques.

Iavor Bojinov – Data Science Pipeline and Critical Thinking

Iavor Bojinov is an assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management unit at Harvard Business School and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Statistics at Harvard University. He teaches courses on technology, operations management, and data science, and regularly guest lectures on a diverse set of topics ranging from experimentation to machine learning. Professor Bojinov’s research interest is at the interface of causal inference, experimental design, and large-scale computing with the overall goal of democratizing statistical methods in order to help firms innovate and grow. He is currently actively pursuing three related research areas: design and analysis of experiments in complex settings, demystifying the value and limitation of experimentation, and understanding the role of data science in the modern AI organization. 

Ryan Buell – Operations and Supply Chain Management

Ryan W. Buell is the UPS Foundation Associate Professor of Service Management in the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School. He teaches Managing Service Operations in both the MBA elective curriculum and the Executive Education programs at the School. He is the faculty chair of the Transforming Customer Experiences Executive Education program and has also taught the Technology and Operations Management course in the MBA required curriculum. Professor Buell was the recipient of the Charles M. Williams Award for outstanding teaching in 2016.

Professor Buell’s research investigates the interactions between service businesses and their customers, and how operational choices affect customer behaviors and firm performance. He is affiliated with the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. His work has been published in Management ScienceManufacturing & Service Operations ManagementProduction and Operations ManagementQuarterly Journal of Economics, and Harvard Business Review. It has also received media attention from outlets such as The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe AtlanticThe Boston Globe, Huffington Post, The Financial Post, BNET.com, WiredThe Guardian, and Forbes.com.

Flavio P. Calmon – Immersion

Flavio P. Calmon is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Before joining Harvard, he was the inaugural Data Science for Social Good Post-Doctoral Fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and his B.Sc. in Communications Engineering from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. His main research interests are information theory, inference, and statistics, with applications to machine learning, fairness, and computational creativity. Prof. Calmon’s research group at Harvard has received research awards from Google, Amazon, IBM, Oracle, and the NSF.

Dennis W. Campbell – Operations and Supply Chain Management

Dennis W. Campbell joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School in 2003. He is currently the Dwight P. Robinson Jr. Professor of Business Administration. In addition to his academic position, he also serves as the head of the Accounting & Management unit at HBS. During his time on the faculty, he has taught in and chaired a variety of courses in the school’s MBA, doctoral, and executive education programs in Boston, Asia, and the Middle East.

Srikant M. Datar – Data Science Pipeline and Critical Thinking

Srikant M. Datar is the dean of Harvard Business School. A distinguished scholar and educator, Dean Datar’s interests focus on management education, design thinking, innovative problem solving, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. He is the eleventh dean of HBS and began his tenure on Jan. 1, 2021.

Kris Johnson Ferreira – Operations and Supply Chain Management

Kris Johnson Ferreira is an assistant professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management (TOM) unit at Harvard and teaches the TOM course in the MBA curriculum. Ferreira focuses her research on online markets and retail, seeking to build operations management models that inform practice and provide theoretical insights. In particular, she employs a combination of machine learning and optimization techniques to help companies use their data to make better tactical and strategic decisions.

Mark Glickman – Foundations of Quantitative Analysis

Mark Glickman is a Senior Lecturer on Statistics in the Harvard University Department of Statistics, and is Senior Statistician at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, a Veterans Administration Center of Innovation. His research interests include creating statistical methods for rating competitors in games and sports, and applications to healthcare and health policy. He is the director of the Harvard Sports Analytics Laboratory, and has invented the Glicko and Glicko-2 rating systems, both of which have been adopted by many gaming organizations internationally.

Sunil Gupta – Data-Driven Marketing

Sunil Gupta is the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration and Chair of the General Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is also the co-chair of the executive program on Driving Digital Strategy. In the recent past, he has taught an elective course on Digital Marketing Strategy to MBA students and Advanced Management Program to senior managers. 

Janice H. Hammond – Operations and Supply Chain Management

Janice H. Hammond is the Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing at Harvard Business School. She currently teaches Supply Chain Management in the HBS MBA program. She serves as program chair for the HBS Executive Education International Women’s Foundation and Women’s Leadership programs and created the online Business Analytics course for HBX CORe (a nine- to 11-week program that teaches business fundamentals via courses in Business Analytics, Economics, and Financial Accounting).

Marco Iansiti – Digital Strategy and Innovation

Marco Iansiti is the David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration. He heads the Technology and Operations Management Unit and the Digital Initiative at HBS. He is an expert on digital innovation and transformation, and has extensively published his research in the Harvard Business Review. He also advises a variety of Fortune 500 companies and is chairman of the board of directors of Keystone Strategy Inc., a consulting firm he co-founded. His other research interests focus on strategy and new product development in high-technology industries.

Ayelet Israeli – Data-Driven Marketing

Ayelet Israeli is the Marvin Bower Associate Professor at Harvard Business School. In her research, Professor Israeli focuses on pricing and pricing policies, channel management, and online marketing. Her research has been published in Marketing Science and Journal of Marketing Research. Her dissertation won the 2014 INFORMS Society for Marketing Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award, and her work has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and MSN Money.

Feng Zhu – Digital Strategy and Innovation

Feng Zhu is an associate professor of business administration in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. Before joining the HBS faculty, he was an assistant professor of strategy at the University of Southern California. In his research, Professor Zhu examines competitive strategy and innovation in high-technology industries, with an emphasis on the design of platform business models and its impact on platform performance. He has studied a wide range of platforms, such as video game consoles, social-networking sites, Craigslist, Wikipedia, smartphone operating systems, blogs, sharing economy platforms, newspapers, and ad-sponsored free products.

Henry Leitner – Programming and Data Science Systems

Henry H. Leitner is a Senior Lecturer on Computer Science in the School of Engineering and an Associate Dean and Chief Innovation Officer for the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) at Harvard. Dr. Leitner has oversight responsibility for software engineering, pedagogical and technical support teams for online teaching and learning, a campus-based computing lab, as well as a growing collection of continuing and professional education courses that collectively enroll thousands of students annually. His current research is focused on the emerging field of “learning engineering,” which involves the application of a principled set of evidence-based strategies to the continual re-design of educational experiences to optimize their effectiveness and efficiency.

David J. Malan – Programming and Data Science Systems

David J. Malan is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Member of the Faculty of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He teaches Computer Science 50, otherwise known as CS50, which is Harvard University’s largest course. Previously, Malan served as Chief Information Officer for Mindset Media. His research has focused on cybersecurity, digital forensics, pedagogy, and instructional technologies.

Rory McDonald – Leadership, Innovation, and Change

Rory McDonald is the Thai-Hi T. Lee Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. He teaches Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise in the MBA elective curriculum. In 2016, he was named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants, and his article “What Is Disruptive Innovation?” was named as one of Harvard Business Review’s Definitive Management Ideas for 2015. Professor McDonald’s award-winning research focuses on how firms compete and innovate effectively in new technology-enabled markets.

Antonio Moreno – Digital Strategy and Innovation

Antonio Moreno is the Sicupira Family Associate Professor in the Technology and Operations Management Unit. He teaches technology and operations management in the MBA, executive, and doctoral programs, using data and empirical approaches to study operations management with a main focus on retail. His primary aims include exploring operational consequences of innovative business models, addressing fundamental questions in operations strategy, and developing models to help firms make better operational decisions.

Tsedal Neeley – Immersion

Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile. Tsedal heads and teaches in the first-year required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course in the MBA program that focuses on how to lead effectively; the curriculum addresses group behavior and performance, organization design, change and how to align people behind a common vision. With Bill George and Krishna Palepu she co-chairs the executive offering, Leading Global Businesses, which helps top leaders develop emerging and mature market strategies in a global and increasingly digital economy. She also teaches extensively in executive programs such as Harvard Business Analytics Program. Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education and the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Brightcove, Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc. (Strategic Committee).

Mike Parzen – Foundations of Quantitative Analysis

Mike Parzen is a Senior Lecturer and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies for Statistics. His active research fields are applicable statistical methods for Missing Data, Non-Standard Regression, Resampling, General Applied Statistics, and Computational Statistics. He has frequently published his research in a variety of academic journals, and his publications feature ideas and methods relevant to the current problems of many empirical researchers.

Hanspeter Pfister – Data Science Pipeline and Critical Thinking

Hanspeter Pfister is the An Wang Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Pfister has a PhD in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MS in electrical engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Before joining Harvard, he worked for over a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, where he was associate director and senior research scientist. His research in visual computing intersects a range of topics, including 3-D fabrication and biomedical visualization.

Jeff Polzer – Leadership and People Analytics

Jeff Polzer is the UPS Foundation Professor of Human Resource Management in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. He studies teams across many settings to understand how interpersonal dynamics among team members can disrupt or enhance performance. He has taught a variety of courses in the MBA, executive, and doctoral programs at HBS. He has also conducted executive training sessions for a variety of organizations, including IBM, Novartis, Seagate, Jabil, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank of Scotland, Citizens Bank, Bharti Airtel, Fresenius, Mercy Corps, and Ernst & Young.

Kevin Rader – Foundations of Quantitative Analysis

Kevin Rader is a Senior Preceptor in Harvard’s Statistics Department. He teaches many undergraduate classes including Intro to Biostatistics, Linear Models, and Data Science. His research interests focus on applications in medicine and sports.

Margo I. Seltzer – Programming and Data Science Systems

Margo I. Seltzer is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Computer Systems and the Cheriton Family Chair in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia. She authored several widely used software packages and was a founder and CTO of Sleepycat Software. She currently serves as an architect for Oracle Corporation. Her research interests are in systems, construed quite broadly: systems for capturing and accessing provenance, file systems, databases, transaction processing systems, storage and analysis of graph-structured data, new architectures for parallelizing execution, and systems that apply technology to problems in healthcare.

Michael Tushman – Leadership, Innovation, and Change

Michael Tushman is the Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration Chair, Program for Leadership Development. He holds degrees from Northeastern University (BSEE), Cornell University (MS), and the Sloan School of Management at MIT (PhD). He was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, from 1976 to 1998, and was the Phillip Hettleman Professor of Business from 1989 to 1998. He has also been a visiting professor at MIT (1982, 1996) and INSEAD (1995–1998, 2011).