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.

Nitin Nohria

Nitin Nohria is the dean of Harvard Business School. A distinguished scholar, educator, and author, Dean Nohria’s interests center on human motivation, leadership, corporate transformation and accountability, and sustainable economic and human performance. He is the tenth dean of HBS, beginning his tenure in 2010.

Faculty Chairs

Karim Lakhani

Karim R. Lakhani is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard, and the faculty co-founder 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 data and analytics as drivers of business advantages.

David Parkes

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

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.

Ryan Buell

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 Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Harvard Business Review. It has also received media attention from outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, The Financial Post, BNET.com, Wired, The Guardian, and Forbes.com.

Dennis W. Campbell

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

Srikant M. Datar is the Arthur Lowes Dickinson Professor of Business Administration, faculty chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab, HBS One Harvard Faculty Fellow, and Senior Associate Dean for University Affairs at Harvard Business School. A graduate with distinction from the University of Bombay, he received gold medals upon graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. A chartered accountant, he holds two master’s degrees and a PhD from Stanford University.

Kris Johnson Ferreira

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

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.

Yael Grushka-Cockayne

Associate Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne's research and teaching activities focus on data science, forecasting, project management, and behavioral decision-making. Her research is published in numerous academic and professional journals, and she is a regular speaker at international conferences in the areas of decision analysis, analytics, project management and management science. She is also an award-winning teacher, winning the Darden Morton Leadership Faculty Award in 2011, the University of Virginia's Mead-Colley Award in 2012, the Darden Outstanding Faculty Award in 2013, and the Faculty Diversity Award in 2013 and 2018.

Sunil Gupta

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

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

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

Ayelet Israeli is an assistant professor of business administration in the Marketing Unit. 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.

Henry Leitner

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.

Deishin Lee

Deishin Lee is an associate professor in the Operations Management and Sustainability groups at Ivey Business School. She uses an operational lens to study sustainability problems, focusing on how natural resources can be utilized more effectively. She studies field-based problems in a number of different industries, including food, energy, high tech, and industrial manufacturing. Her research has been published in leading academic journals, and she has written numerous cases in sustainable operations, supply chain management, and operations management. She has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels at Harvard Business School, MIT, Ivey Business School, and Boston College.

David J. Malan

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

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

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.


V.G. Narayanan

V.G. Narayanan is the Thomas D. Casserly, Jr. Professor of Business Administration and currently chairs the Elective Curriculum of the MBA Program at Harvard Business School. Professor Narayanan joined the HBS faculty in 1994 and has taught in several MBA, doctoral, and executive-education programs. He was the head of the Accounting and Management Unit from 2010 to 2015. He also developed and taught the first HBS Online Accounting course.

Mike Parzen

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

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

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

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

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

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).