Richard G. Hamermesh

Richard G. Hamermesh

Richard G. Hamermesh

Forum on Healthcare Innovation Faculty Co-Chair
MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School

Richard G. Hamermesh is the MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the MBA Program and is the faculty cochair of the HBS Health Care Initiative. He created and teaches the second-year MBA elective Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Healthcare. In addition, Professor Hamermesh participates in several HBS Executive Education programs.

Professor Hamermesh has been instrumental in expanding the role of healthcare in MBA education and faculty research. Today, over 10 percent of students enrolled at Harvard Business School are pursuing careers in healthcare.

From 1987 to 2001, he was a cofounder and a managing partner of The Center for Executive Development, an executive education and develop-ment consulting firm. From 1976 to 1987, he was a member of the HBS faculty.

Professor Hamermesh is also an investor and entrepreneur, having participated in the founding and early stages of over 20 organizations. He was the founding president of the Newton (MA) Schools Foundation and served on the editorial board of the Harvard Business Review. Professor Hamermesh has served on numerous boards of directors and has chaired the audit committees of two public companies. He is currently on the boards of one public and one private corporation. From 1991 to 1996, he was the founding chairman of Synthes Spine, Inc.

Professor Hamermesh is the author or coauthor of five books. His best-known book, Fad-Free Management, was published in 1996. He has published numerous articles and more than 100 case studies. He received his AB from the University of California and his MBA and DBA from HBS.