HBS seeks a Research Associate to partner closely with a faculty member (and collaborating faculty research team) in the Organizational Behavior unit for one year or more, starting this summer (start date flexible). The RA will focus on an assortment of qualitative inductive research projects including one major project around what can be learned from the move to virtual work and the shifting nature of work.
Working closely with teams in a professional service firm, the Research Associate will observe and capture findings from this intense virtual working period, and apply this knowledge to the creation of an improved “new normal” once these teams transition back to the office. This is a terrific opportunity for creative, enterprising, and energetic individuals who are interested in the micro-dynamics of work, and those who are adept at interviewing and interacting with professionals across multiple levels.
The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to faculty supervisor and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office. 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.
Primary duties may include:
- Participate in the design and implementation of research projects in support of faculty and team’s goals, including:
- Facilitate, participate, collect and distill data from team meetings and intensive interviews across multiple levels of the hierarchy.
- Field-based and library-based research, literature reviews, collecting and analyzing data, writing a variety of research-related output, and managing the research agenda.
- Contribute to other scholarly research products such as academic journal articles, articles for practitioners, teaching cases, and presentations. Tasks may include copyediting, information gathering, and citation management.
- Independently manage all timelines and deliverables for multiple projects with competing priorities.
- Under general direction of faculty, exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. When confronted with unexpected research data, be able to make deductions, add insight, and draw conclusions to share with faculty.
- Ensure compliance with department, University and federal regulations. Be aware of department, School, University policies and potential outside research policies.
- Represent HBS to outside entities: interacting with prominent individuals (grace under pressure is essential).
Advanced degree in organizational behavior, industrial organizational psychology, management, or related field required. Minimum of two years of relevant research or work experience required.
Project management experience, strong organizational skills, and proven ability to work independently and creatively. It is helpful if the individual has relevant experience in consulting and/or corporate/private industry.
Excellent analytical and communication skills (both written and oral) are a must. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.
Indication of independent research experience and/or applied experience. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing required. Ability to read academic, subject-specific information and write a reasoned and thoughtful analysis necessary.
Proven ability to work independently and creatively. This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. 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. Ability to balance multiple tasks and shifting priorities under tight deadlines at an accelerated pace when necessary.
Diplomatic skills, comfort in interacting with prominent individuals, and grace under pressure are essential. It is helpful if the candidate is familiar with navigating a complex organization, such as Harvard Business School.
This is a full-time term appointment starting as soon as possible through June 30, 2021 with likely reappointment for the next year and further. All Research Associate roles at Harvard Business School are benefits-eligible and structured as one year term appointments with potential for renewal. Preference may be given to candidates who are willing to commit to work for two or more years in order to attain a mastery of the subject.
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, and transcript(s). All positions will be given a writing exam.
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