Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Robert D. Austin is Professor of Management of Creativity and Innovation. He leads the Design and Entrepreneurship cluster within the school’s Entrepreneurship platform, and teaches Information Technology (IT) Leadership in the executive summer program. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor at the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University (Ontario, Canada).
Before his appointment at CBS, Austin was, for more than a decade, a professor of Technology and Operations Management at the Harvard Business School, where he taught MBA courses and also extensively in Executive Education, in programs ranging from the Advanced Management Program to specialized programs for Women Leaders. He chaired the school’s executive program for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) from 2002 through 2011, and was a member of the Executive Education Faculty Advisory Committee. He continues to teach in some programs at HBS, such as “Managing Healthcare Delivery.”
Professor Austin has authored, coauthored, or co-edited nine books, published by Harvard Business Review Press, Financial Times Prentice Hall, Stanford University Press, McGraw Hill, and others. He has also published widely in both academic and professional journals, such as Harvard Business Review, Information Systems Research, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, and the Wall Street Journal. He is author, with various coauthors, of many “Most Popular” Harvard Business School cases, more than 60 published cases and notes in total. In addition, he is the faculty author of the “Project Management Simulation: Scope, Resources, Schedule” (Harvard Business School Publishing, 2009, version 2, 2013), and the Case Analysis Coach (an on-line case analysis tutorial, HBS Publishing, 2012).
Professor Austin has extensive management experience, at Ford Motor Company and Novell, as CEO of CBS-SIMI Executive (now CBS Executive, the largest executive education provider in northern Europe), and as Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton (Canada). Over the years, Dr. Austin has consulted and delivered education experiences for many multinational corporations, working mostly with C-level executives, and he has served on numerous boards, especially for technology companies. He is a member of the international jury for the CIO 100 Awards, which selects for recognition the best examples of IT projects that “[create] new business value by innovating with technology” and he has advised the European Commission on “e-Competencies for Innovation” and “e-Leadership.”
MPP Research: Video Portrait - Robert Austin:
Particularly interested in supervising theses related to creative industries, design, innovation and IT management.
Teaches seminars around the world on case method teaching for Harvard Business School Publishing.
1. Austin, R. D., Nolan, R. L. & O’Donnell, S. (2012). Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a 21st Century Leader, Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review Press.
2. Austin, R. D., Devin, L. & Sullivan, E. E. (2012). Accidental Innovation: Supporting Valuable Unpredictability in the Creative Process. Organization Science 23(5), 1398-1408.
3. Devin, L. & Austin, R. D. (2012). The Soul of Design: Harnessing the Power of Plot to Create Extraordinary Products, Palo Alto, CA: Stanford Business Books
4. Austin, R. D. & Nolan, R. L. (2007). Bridging the Gap Between Stewards and Creators. MIT Sloan Management Review 48(2), 29-36, (recipient of the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize).
5. Austin, R. D. & Devin, L. (2003). Artful Making: What Managers Need to Know About How Artists Work, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Financial Times Prentice Hall.
In: M I T Sloan Management Review, Vol. 55, No. 4, 2014, p. 67-72
In: Organization Science, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2012, p. 1505-1522
Boston : Harvard Business School Press 2012, 310 p.
Stanford : Stanford University Press 2012, 192 p.
In: Journal of Business Strategy, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2010, p. 59-69
In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), Vol. 24, 2009, p. 315-332
In: Journal of Information Technology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2009, p. 139-143
In: Creativity and the Contemporary Economy. ed. /Niina Koivunen; Alf Rehn. Malmö : Liber AB 2009, p. 55-81
In: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2009, p. 337-355
Boston : Harvard Business School Press 2009, 314 p.
In: Information Systems Research, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2009, p. 462-477
In: 21st Century Management: A Reference Handbook. . ed. /Charles Wankel. Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, Incorporated 2008, p. 490-499 (21st Century Reference Series, Vol. 1)
8.ed.ed.London : McGraw-Hill Companies 2008
In: Harvard Business Review, Vol. 86, No. 1, 2008, p. 18-19
In: Innovations (Cambridge), Vol. 3, No. 1, 2008, p. 28-35
In: Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition), 7.7.2008
Paper presented at 29th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Paris, Frankrig. 2008
In: Proceedings from the Art of Management Conference2008
In: M I T Sloan Management Review, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2007, p. 29-36
In: M I T Sloan Management Review, Vol. 46, No. 4, 2005, p. 96-100
In: Global Neighbors: Christian Faith and Moral Obligation in Today's Economy. . ed. /Douglas A. Hicks; Mark Valeri. Michigan : Grand Rapids 2008, p. 167-195 (The Erdmans Religion, Ethics, and Public Life Series)
In: Innovations (Cambridge), Vol. 2, No. 1/2, 2007, 6 p., p. 57-62
7ed.Boston, Mass. : McGraw-Hill Companies 2005, 657 p.
In: The Broadband Explosion. ed. /Robert D. Austin; Stephen P. Bradley. 2005, p. 3-19
In: MPP News, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2014, p. 12-13
In: MPP News, Vol. 15, No. 2, 11.2012, p. 11-14
In: C I O, Vol. 22, No. 10, 4.1.2009, p. 40-42
In: Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin, 2009
In: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, 2009
In: LPF nyt om ledelse, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2009, p. 14-15
In: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge, 11.5.2009
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 12 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. 9-607-082, Vol. 08.05.2007)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 25 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. 9-607-064, Vol. 05.03.2007)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 6 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. 9-607-080, Vol. 05.03.2007)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 24 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. 9-607-016, Vol. 04.01.2007)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 17 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. 9-607-084, Vol. 30.03.2007)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 13 p. (Case Study, No. 9-607-026, Vol. 08.02.2007)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 17 p. (Case Study, No. 9-607-083, Vol. 09.02.2007)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2007, 21 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. 9-308-015, Vol. 31.07.2007)
In: Forbes, 11.7.2006
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2006, 9 p. (Case Study, No. N9-606-153, Vol. 28.06.2006)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2006, 23 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. N9-607-052, Vol. 19.12.2006)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2006, 11 p. (Harvard Business School Press: Case study, No. 5-607-017, Vol. 23.08.2006)
Harvard : Harvard Business School Press 2006, 26 p. (Case Study, No. N9-606-118, Vol. 22.06.2006)
In: C I O, 2005