Max Bazerman Named Co-Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: March 14, 2013

CAMBRIDGE MA – David T. Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), today announced the appointment of Max Bazerman, the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), as co-director of the HKS Center for Public Leadership (CPL). He will join David Gergen in co-leading the Center, shaping its intellectual agenda and its expanded efforts to develop the next generation of leaders for the common good.


From L to R: Academic Dean Iris Bohnet; CPL co-director Max Bazerman; CPL co-director David Gergen; HKS Dean David Ellwood. Photo Credit: Tom Fitzsimmons


Bazerman has been actively engaged at the Kennedy School in the past as a faculty affiliate as well as an affiliate of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). In his new role, he will not only co-direct the Center but also teach at the Kennedy School as well as HBS.

“Professor Bazerman is a highly esteemed scholar in the fields of decision making, ethics and negotiation, all of which are essential factors in the study of public leadership,” said Dean Ellwood. “I am thrilled that he is taking on this new role at CPL where he can engage even more closely with HKS students, faculty and fellows at a critical time.”

Bazerman will join forces at CPL with David Gergen, Public Service Professor at HKS and a White House adviser to four U.S. Presidents of both parties. Gergen has led CPL's efforts to build a robust platform of research, teaching and leadership development programs serving people in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

“Over the past several years it has been my honor to participate in many CPL sponsored events, and I have long admired David Gergen’s leadership in making the Center and its work more visible to the broader community,” said Bazerman. “And I agree with David that in addition to CPL training the next generation of excellent public leaders, the Center can also be the leader in training the next generation of scholars creating knowledge useful to public leaders.”

Bazerman won numerous teaching awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management. He also received an honorary doctorate from the University of London. He is the faculty coordinator of the “Changing the Game: Negotiation and Competitive Decision Making” executive program, and is often the negotiation faculty member in the Advanced Management Program, the most senior of HBS’ comprehensive programs. Between 2002-11, he was consistently named one of the top 40 authors, speakers, and teachers of management by Executive Excellence. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 19 books, and more than 200 research articles and chapters. Bazerman also serves as a member of the editorial boards of the American Behavioral Scientist, Negotiations and Conflict Management Research, Business Ethics Quarterly, and The Journal of Behavioral Finance.

“Max Bazerman’s appointment will help to propel the Center to a whole new level,” said Gergen. “His intellectual efforts, especially in behavioral science, along with his legendary record for mentoring younger scholars and his infectious enthusiasm for the work of the Center make him an ideal partner. With the commitment of Dean Ellwood and the coming together of a strong, new advisory board, we are poised to make the leap that we have long wanted. I am deeply grateful that Max will now be our co-pilot.”

The Center for Public Leadership’s faculty affiliates include Hannah Riley Bowles, research director and senior lecturer of public policy; David Gergen, professor of public service; Ronald Heifetz, King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership; Swanee Hunt, Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy; Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership; Jennifer Lerner, professor of public policy and management; Brian Mandell, senior lecturer in public policy; Joseph Nye, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor; Todd Rogers, assistant professor of public policy; and Dean Williams, lecturer in public policy.

Established through generous gifts from Les and Abigail Wexner and supported now by a widening circle of benefactors, the Center for Public Leadership seeks to advance the frontiers of knowledge about leadership through research and faculty teaching. It is equally committed to broadening and deepening the pool of leaders for the common good through its stewardship of five different scholarship programs for students, skill-building workshops, leadership seminars, and programing for leadership and social change.

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