Regina E. Herzlinger

Regina E. Herzlinger

Regina E. Herzlinger

Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Regina E. Herzlinger is the Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. She was the first woman to be tenured and chaired at HBS and the first to serve on a number of corporate boards. Herzlinger is widely recognized for her innovative research in healthcare, including her early predictions of the unraveling of managed care and the rise of “consumer-driven healthcare,” a term that she coined.

All of her healthcare books have been best-sellers in their categories. Market-Driven Health Care (2000) is widely viewed as a transformational work for its introduction of the concepts of healthcare-focused factories, which provide integrated care for diseases and disabilities, and the need for a governmental healthcare transparency agency.

Herzlinger's honors include the American College of Healthcare Executives’ James A. Hamilton Book of the Year Award and the Healthcare Financial Management Association's Board of Directors Award. She has been named an honorary fellow by the American College of Physician Executives. In recognition of her work in nonprofit accounting and control, Professor Herzlinger was named the first Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh. She has been selected by students as one of the outstanding instructors in HBS's MBA Program.

Professor Herzlinger has served on the Scientific Advisory Group to the U.S. Secretary of the Air Force and as a board member of many private and publicly traded firms.

She received her bachelor's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and doctorate from Harvard Business School.