Howard H. Stevenson

Howard Stevenson is Baker Foundation Professor and the Sarofim-Rock Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School. From 2004 to 2006, he held the position of Vice Provost for Harvard University Resources and Planning. A member and former chair of the Entrepreneurial Management Unit, he has served as the School's Senior Associate Dean and Director of External Relations, Chair of the Latin American Faculty Advisory Group, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Financial and Information Systems, and Faculty Chair of Executive Education's Owner/President Manager (OPM) Program. He has also held various other academic appointments at Harvard University, specializing in real property asset management and general management.

Professor Stevenson was a founder and first president of the Baupost Group, Inc., a wealth management firm which he helped grow to assets of over $400 million by the time he resigned from active management. He is now co-chairman of the advisory board of Baupost LLC, a registered investment company with over $15 billion under management. He has also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration and a Director of Preco Corporation, a privately-held manufacturing company, and Vice President of Simmons Associates, an investment banking firm specializing in venture financing. He received his B.S. in mathematics, with distinction, from Stanford University and his MBA, with high distinction, and DBA degrees from Harvard University. He was a Thomas Watson National Merit Scholar and a recipient of the ALCOA and Ford Foundation Fellowships for graduate study.

Professor Stevenson's research focuses on the life patterns that create entrepreneurship, predictability and enduring success. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 case studies, numerous articles, and eleven books, including Do Lunch or Be Lunch: The Power of Predictability in Creating Your Future, Just Enough: Tools for Creating Success in Your Work and Life (with L. Nash), Make Your Own Luck: 12 Practical Steps to Taking Smarter Risks in Business (with E. Shapiro) and Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector (with J. Wei-Skillern, J. Austin, H. Leonard). He has created several successful companies. He is Chair of the Harvard Business School Publishing Board. Currently, Professor Stevenson is a director of Camp Dresser & McKee and a director of several non-profit organizations and trustee of several private trusts.

Opinion
10:20 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Five Surprising Things About Philanthropy

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Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:55 am

Howard H. Stevenson and Shirley Spence are the authors of Getting to Giving: Fundraising the Entrepreneurial Way.

In the debate about the fiscal cliff, it is clear that private philanthropy will have a continuing and growing role. As a donor, nonprofit board member (including at NPR) and fundraiser, I've learned some things over the years about philanthropy. Here are a few things that may surprise you about the art of doing good.

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