01 Sep 2014

The Changing Nature of Research

HBS Faculty Pursue Ideas with Impact


The problems facing business and society are increasingly complex. Developing solutions to global challenges requires a faculty adept at field work, cross-sector collaboration, complex data analysis, and intensive laboratory work, as well as committed to disseminating pathbreaking ideas throughout the globe. As a leader in management education, Harvard Business School has a strong commitment to improving the practice of management and to advancing a world that is more sustainable and inclusive, healthier, and better educated.

As the scale and scope of the School’s intellectual ambition deepens, the cost of conducting powerful, relevant, practical, and broad-based research increases. Because research today encompasses a wider range of approaches and methodologies than ever before—and often requires international travel—the School needs to make an even greater annual investment in this area.

“An exciting challenge for us is the increasing pace and scope of innovation. the coming years will require careful strategic investment and creativity to ensure we can support the faculty in their work and preserve HBS’s distinctive research edge.”
Professor Paul Healy
Senior Associate Dean for Research

HBS funds research internally. By freeing faculty members from the constraints of seeking grants for their work, the School continues its century-long tradition of problem-focused research that is the foundation of a dynamic cycle of scholarship, teaching, and knowledge dissemination.

Learn more about the impact of HBS faculty and their research.


Ten HBS faculty and staff members participated in a faculty immersion to Turkey in June to gain a better understanding of how the country has become one of the fastest-growing economies in the region. During the weeklong trip, they met with business and government leaders and visited a variety of companies, including the Merinos rug weaving mill in Gaziantep owned by the Erdemoğlu Group, the world’s leading exporter of machine-made area rugs. The immersion was coordinated by the Division of Research and Faculty Development and the Istanbul Research Center. Previous immersions have taken faculty groups to Brazil, China, Israel, and Japan.


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