The Research Associate, based at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, will work under the direction of 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 and team 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.
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.
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.
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.
BA/BS with minimum of 1 to 3 years of experience required. Evidence of academic excellence and of independent research experience. Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.
Bachelor’s degree in Economics or related field is preferred.
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.
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. 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.
This is a full-time term appointment starting as soon as possible through June 30, 2021, 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.
Please do not reach out to Professor Porter or members of the ISC directly.
Harvard Business School does not offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity
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). All positions will be given a writing exam.