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Harvard Business School

Science, Technology and Management
Harvard Business School
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  •     Background
  •     Graduate Degrees Offered
  •     Admissions Requirements
  •     Degree Requirements
  •     Faculty Information
  •     Financial Information


Advances in technology are profoundly changing models of conducting business. At the same time, business-related challenges and opportunities represent some of the major factors shaping the development of technology and information management. Offered jointly by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard Business School (HBS), the PhD in Science, Technology and Management explores the growing body of knowledge at the intersection of these fields. The program seeks to conduct systematic and innovative studies of technological aspects of business and, conversely, business aspects of technology development. In addition, it prepares students for careers in research and teaching at top business schools.

Graduate Degrees Offered

PhD in Science, Technology and Management

Admissions Requirements

Successful candidates are familiar with the contemporary literature on management and global management practices and have well-developed knowledge and/or experience in the fields of engineering or technology. Furthermore, they have a distinguished academic record from a rigorous program and exemplary GRE General Test or GMAT scores, especially in the quantitative area. Please note that, when possible, the GMAT is preferred. Prior coursework in engineering, computer science, or physical/life sciences is strongly recommended. Several years of college-level mathematics, such as calculus and linear algebra, are highly desirable.

Non-native English speakers must take the TOEFL, unless they have obtained a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction. The committee prefers scores of at least 600 and 260 on the paper-based and the computer-based tests, respectively.

Further information about the program is available on the Harvard Business School Website at Applications for admission may be obtained from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Admissions Office or completed online at

Degree Requirements

The joint program systematically builds on a growing cross-disciplinary tradition. On the SEAS side, work focuses on the disciplines of engineering and the applied sciences (e.g., applied mathematics, applied physics, material science, electrical engineering, computer science). On the HBS side, students are involved in special fields such as Accounting and Control; Competition and Strategy; Negotiation, Organization, and Markets; Marketing; Organizational Behavior; and Technology and Operations Management. The program combines the quantitative and analytic concepts and methodologies of the core disciplines studied in the SEAS with the disciplinary expertise and field-based experience nurtured at HBS.
To complete the PhD in Science, Technology and Management, students must fulfill the requirements listed below. The program is flexible, and students are expected to have an advisor from SEAS and another from HBS.

  • Management and Markets course
  • Five MBA courses to ensure mastery of the fundamentals of business   administration for those who do not have an MBA
  • Courses in technology-related areas
  • Other elective courses that strengthen the students knowledge in areas such as economic theory, quantitative methods, and statistics
  • Written General Examination
  • Oral special field examination
  • Dissertation

Faculty Information

Science Technology and Management faculty members come from both the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Harvard Business School. They include, but are not limited to:
H.T. Kung, William H. Gates Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Computer networks and applications.
Stefan H. Thomke, Co-chair; Professor of Business Administration. Management of technology and product innovation.
Max Bazerman, Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration. Decision making, negotiation, creation of joint gains in society, and natural environment.
Carliss Y. Baldwin, William L. White Professor of Business Administration. Finance and organizational economics.
Lee Fleming, Associate Professor of Business Administration. Technological invention as process of recombinant search and learning and organizational implications of recombinant view.
Barbara J. Grosz, Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences. Artificial intelligence, collaborative planning, and human-computer communi-cation.
Marco Iansiti, David Sarnoff Professor of Business Administration. Technological innovation, product development, entrepreneurship, and operations.
Woodward Yang, Co-chair; Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. VLSI system design and implementation.
Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking. Venture capital, private equity, and intellectual property.
Andrew McAfee, Associate Professor of Business Administration. Performance impact of information technology.
Michael D. Mitzenmacher, Gordon McKay Professor of the Computer Science. Algorithms and data structures.
Venkatesh Narayanamurti, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of Physics; Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Condensed matter physics.
Anthony G. Oettinger, Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mathematics and Professor of Information Resources Policy. Information resources policy.
David C. Parkes, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences. Computational mechanism design.
Michael O. Rabin, Thomas J. Watson Sr. Professor of Computer Science. Theory of computation and parallel systems.
Norman Ramsey, Associate Professor of Computer Science. Programming languages and tools.
Jan Rivkin, Professor of Business Administration. Intra-firm consistency across functional, geographic, and product boundaries.
Margo I. Seltzer, Harvard College Professor; Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science. Operating systems and databases.
Michael D. Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Compilation and computer architecture.
Mary Tripsas, Associate Professor of Business Administration. Technological change and industry evolution.
Michael Tushman, Paul R. Lawrence MBA Class of 1942 Professor of Business Administration. Management of strategic innovation and large system change.
David M. Upton, Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration. Application of information technology in operations, in particular business-to-business applications of Internet, and flexibility in manufacturing systems.
Salil P. Vadhan, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Computer Science. Computational complexity and cryptography.

Financial Information

All incoming students receive a merit-based award, regardless of need. This includes a fellowship for tuition and health fees, as well as a stipend for living expenses ($32,400 in 2007-2008).