Lynda M. Applegate

Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Chair of the Harvard Busines School Executive Education Portfolio forBusiness Owners & Entrepreneurs


Lynda’s current research and recent publications focus on the challenges of building new ventures and leading radical business innovation in the face of significant industry, technological, capital market, and regulatory turbulence. A second stream of research examines emerging governance models to support inter-firm collaborative innovation. She is the Series Editor for Harvard Business Publishing’s newly launched Core Readings in Entrepreneurship and is the author of over 40 articles, books and book chapters, and over 350 published case studies, online learning DVDs and course materials.Lynda M. Applegate is the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration at HBS and Chair of the HBS Executive Education Portfolio for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs, which includes the school’s flagship Owner President Management (OPM) program, its Launching New Ventures and Private Equity/Venture Capital programs, and its newly launched Global Immersions for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. She is also a member of the HBS Technology Board and its Academic Technology Advisory Board. Since joining the HBS faculty in the 1980s, Lynda has held a variety of leadership positions at HBS, including serving as the head of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, Co-Chair of the MBA program, and Chair of Field Based Learning. She has also held a number of Harvard University leadership positions, including serving as Co-Chair of the Harvard Policy Group on Networked Government Services and on the Harvard University Technology Advisory Council. Prior to joining the HBS faculty, Lynda was on the faculty of the University of Michigan, University of Washington and University of Arizona. In addition to her academic positions, Lynda also held a variety of leadership positions in the health care industry during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Lynda is the recipient of numerous HBS awards for her research, teaching, and service to the school. Most recently, she was awarded the Robert F. Greenhill award for her outstanding contributions to HBS over the course of her career, including her role as a founding senior faculty member of the HBS Entrepreneurial Management Unit, and her lead role in the launch of the Harvard Innovation Lab and the Alumni New Venture Contest. During the 1990s, she received Harvard Business School’s Berol Award for Research Excellence and its Apgar Award for Innovation in Teaching. Lynda has won numerous “Best Paper” awards for her academic research and has served as a Senior Editor and on the editorial boards for leading research journals in the field of technology innovation. She is currently a member of the Society for Information Management Advanced Practices research team and the Association for Information Systems Senior Scholars Council.

In addition to her academic positions, Lynda is also an active international consultant and has served on the board of directors and board of advisors of publicly traded and venture-backed companies. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council and as a member of the Industry Advisory Board for NASDAQ, and as a policy advisor on a Blue-Ribbon Panel to define a National Research Agenda on the development of the Network Economy and as a member of President Clinton’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection.

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