The Research Associate, based at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, will work directly with Professor Michael Porter as his principal research associate in the area of competitiveness and economic development at the national, state, regional, and city levels. Responsibilities include the preparation of Harvard Business School case studies on topics related to competitiveness, working with Professor Porter to prepare presentations for academic and public policy audiences, preparing original research support and literature reviews, analyzing, expanding, and maintaining databases of economic and other data, and representing Professor Porter in forums and with groups in the competitiveness field.
The Research Associate will also be responsible for supporting Professor Porter (and other faculty) in the teaching and development of the course Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC), taught by Professor Porter at Harvard and by affiliated faculty in more than 90 universities around the world. The Research Associate will assist in coordinating with MOC affiliate universities and faculty, as well as other collaborators. The Research Associate will also serve as the liaison to the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a non-profit founded by Michael Porter in 1994 to promote economic revitalization in America's distressed inner city communities.
In addition, based on the candidate and Professor Porter's needs, the Research Associate may devote a significant portion of time on work in the area of competitive strategy. This will involve research on companies and industries, preparing company case studies, and conducting related statistical research.
NOTE: This is a full-time term appointment starting ASAP through June 30th, 2018, with strong potential for reappointment. The ideal candidate should be willing to commit to work at the Institute for two or more years in order to attain a mastery of the subject.
Travel will be involved, but is likely to be moderate.
Please do not reach out to Professor Porter directly.
Harvard Business School will not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity
Potential Outcome: This position will offer first-hand exposure to a leading scholar and practitioner, the opportunity to participate in the development, testing, and dissemination of new theory and related curriculum, and involvement with the senior leaders in business and government. The position is ideal preparation for pursuing a doctorate, strategic consulting, or working in an economic policy role in government.
About the Institute: The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (www.isc.hbs.edu) is a joint Institute of Harvard University and Harvard Business School, dedicated to supporting and extending the research pioneered by Professor Porter and disseminating it to scholars and practitioners on a global basis. The Institute is focused on the study of competition and its implications for the strategy of companies and other types of organizations, the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities, and new ways to address social challenges such as health care, environmental impact, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropy. The Institute has approximately ten employees in research and administrative positions from diverse backgrounds.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Advanced degree or bachelor's degree with significant relevant work experience required. Evidence of academic excellence. 2-4 years of relevant experience in specific field.
An advanced degree in Economics, Development, or MBA along with consulting experience is preferred. Academic training in economics is a necessity, and training and background in management is desirable.
Proven evidence of independent research. Very specific academic knowledge in subset of field may be asked for (knowledge of specific industry, country, type of field experience). Demonstrated skill at navigating complex organizations. Proven ability to work independently and creatively. This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing, and background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature. All positions will be given a writing exam. Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis, as well as produce a creative interpretation, is a must. Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.
The successful candidate will demonstrate strong conceptual ability; high quality of mind; excellent writing skills; the ability to work productively under time pressure; the capacity to work well independently; and the ability to interact successfully with senior leaders. The position will involve working with various statistical software packages, collecting and assembling data from disparate sources, and creating databases. Advanced knowledge of PowerPoint, Excel, and Access is preferred. Other desirable qualities: proven experience in academic research, strong computing skills (especially PowerPoint), and working knowledge of econometrics. Interest in further graduate study after working at the Institute is considered a plus for applicants without 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.
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. T...he 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.