Research Associate - Forum for Growth and Innovation
June 1, 2018
USA - MA - Boston
Harvard Business School's Forum for Growth and Innovation seeks an exceptional candidate to join their team as a Research Associate (RA) for a one-year term, commencing immediately through June 30, 2019, with a strong possibility for renewal. The RA will work closely with Professor Clay Christensen and Forum Director Professor van Bever on projects pertaining to a variety of topics of interest to Professor Christensen. Areas such as the development of our understanding of disruptive innovation, the spread of global prosperity, the keys to economic and employment growth, and evolving student needs in higher education are all ongoing interests to The Forum.
The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to faculty supervisors. Ideal RA candidates will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to use discretionary judgment. Under the general direction of faculty members, the RA will develop, design and conduct research projects; synthesize, analyze, and produce statistical models; contribute to scholarly research products including but not limited to journal articles, working papers, and presentations.
Engage in and take on significant desk and field research assignments, requiring them to be comfortable interacting with a wide range of senior leaders and thinkers. Research efforts will likely include conference or workshop planning for executives as well as some limited travel.
The evolving interests of our alumni and the emergent nature of scholarship has led to a culture akin to a fast-moving start-up that is mission-driven and results oriented. Responsibilities will cover a variety of areas of research and writing tasks, interviewing, and conducting analysis on results from study participants, requiring the RA to move between different tasks and balance multiple priorities.
Exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. When confronted with research data, be able to make deductions, add insight and draw conclusions to share with faculty. Collaborate in development of new techniques and instruments. Use knowledge of quantitative methods to analyze and interpret experimental results. Work independently with research methodologies to identify gaps in research data and methods. Produce innovative academic materials to supplement faculty research and teaching. Make recommendations to faculty based on statistical interpretation and independent research. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate the quality of results.
Represent HBS to outside entities: interacting with prominent individuals (grace under pressure is essential).
Ensure compliance with department, University, and federal regulations. Complete work with only general direction. Be aware of department, School, University policies and potential outside research policies.
Under general direction of faculty member, must be able to take complex research ideas, concepts, and methodologies and apply them to new projects and situations. Must be able to structure assignments and keep faculty member informed as necessary, using own judgment.
About The Forum for Growth and Innovation
The Forum for Growth and Innovation is a research project funded by the Harvard Business School and guided by Professor Clayton Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration and one of the world's top experts on growth and innovation. The goal of the Forum is to discover, develop, and disseminate robust, accessible theory in the areas of innovation and general management.
This is a full-time term appointment starting as soon as possible through June 30, 2019 with strong potential for reappointment. RAs must be based in Boston and on campus 100% of the time. All Forum positions are term appointments with potential for reappointment.
HBS is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, a cover letter and resume are required for full consideration. Upon the review of application materials, applicants may be asked to submit a writing sample, transcript(s), and sample coding (if applicable).
Salary Grade: 055
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in Economics or a field related to business or leadership required, with a preference for a candidate with a master's or work experience. Evidence of outstanding academic achievement. This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment and initiative. Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.
Competitive candidates will have distinguished themselves in undergraduate study, will have some interest or depth of knowledge in economics and related fields, and will have demonstrated strong initiative and leadership skills in prior assignments. Strong interviewing and analytic skills will be required to gather background information from study participants, and strong writing and blogging skills will allow the RA to contribute significantly to interim and final products. Candidates should also exhibit an interest in helping to change the world through the practice and teaching of causal theory to managers and leaders in the business, nonprofit and government sectors.
The candidate must have extremely high standards in terms of quality of work, attention to detail, strong organization skills, and absolute commitment to task completion. He or she must be able to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School. Preference for candidate who plans to seek an advanced degree.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 45918BR
About Harvard University
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.