Dr James Austin

Dr James Austin

Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and Co-Founder of Social Enterprise Initiative (USA)

Dr. James Austin is the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, which is the third chaired professorship he has held at HBS where he has been on the faculty since 1972. He was the Co-Founder and Chairman of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative. His doctorate and MBA degrees with distinction are from Harvard. His BBA with High Distinction is from the University of Michigan. He has authored and edited 28 books, including several award winners. Professor Austin has authored dozens of articles and hundreds of cases studies, many in the areas of social entrepreneurship and cross-sector collaboration. He is recognized internationally as a pioneering expert on social enterprise, collaboration, and management in developing countries. Professor Austin has received a variety of awards for his work. He has been an advisor to corporations, social enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and governments throughout the world, including serving as a Special Advisor to the White House. He is also one of the founding leaders of the Social Enterprise Knowledge Network (SEKN).