Executive Education Session Speakers
Max H. Bazerman
Max H. Bazerman is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. His research focuses on decision making, negotiation, behavioral insights and ethics. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 20 books (including The Power of Noticing, Simon and Schuster, 2014, the eighth edition of Judgment in Managerial Decision Making [with Don A. Moore], Wiley, 2013 and Blind Spots [with Ann Tenbrunsel], Princeton University Press, 2011) and more than 200 research articles and chapters.
In 2009, he won both the Wyss Award for doctoral student mentoring and the Williams Award for teaching excellence at the Harvard Business School. His former doctoral students have accepted positions at leading business schools throughout the United States, including the Kellogg School at Northwestern, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Fuqua School at Duke, the Johnson School at Cornell, Carnegie-Mellon University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, Notre Dame, Columbia and the Harvard Business School. His awards include an honorary doctorate from the University of London (London Business School), the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute, being named as Ethisphere's 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics, a Daily Kos Hero from the Bush Era for going public about how the Bush Administration corrupted the RICO Tobacco trial, and both the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Distinguished Educator Award, the Organizational Behavior Division’s Life Achievement Award from the Academy of Management.
Bazerman's consulting, teaching and lecturing includes work in 30 countries.
Carey K. Morewedge is a professor of marketing and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar in the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. His research examines the psychological causes, consequences and correction of bias in judgment and decision making. Using a mix of laboratory, field and longitudinal experiments, he tackles basic and applied problems from why people won’t bet on the failure of their child or favorite team to developing interventions that improve decision making by producing long-term reductions in cognitive bias. His research has been published in top academic journals including Science, Psychological Science, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, and Management Science, and his writing has appeared in popular outlets including Harvard Business Review and the New York Times. Awards for his work include recognition as a Marketing Science Institute Scholar in 2018, one of the Top 40 Under 40 MBA Professors by Poets & Quants in 2016, writing the Most Theoretically Innovative Article of the Year as judged by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology in 2010, and receipt of an Ideas of the Year from the New York Times in 2009.
Melissa Nobles is Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nobles’ research and teaching have focused on the comparative study of racial and ethnic politics, and issues of retrospective justice. Her current research centers on constructing a database of racial killings in the American South, 1930–1954. Working closely as a faculty collaborator and advisory board member of Northeastern Law School's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice law clinic, Nobles has conducted extensive archival research, unearthing understudied and more often, unknown deaths and contributing to legal investigations. She is the author of two books, Shades of Citizenship: Race and the Census in Modern Politics (Stanford University Press, 2000), The Politics of Official Apologies (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and co-editor with Jun-Hyeok Kwak of Inherited Responsibility and Historical Reconciliation in East Asia (Routledge Press, 2013). Her scholarship has also appeared in the Annual Review of Political Science, Daedalus, American Journal of Public Health, and several edited books.
Nobles is a graduate of Brown University where she majored in history. She received her master's degree and doctorate in political science from Yale University. She has held fellowships at Boston University's Institute for Race and Social Division and Harvard University's Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study. She has served on the editorial boards of Polity, American Political Science Review, and Perspectives on Politics journals. Nobles has also been involved in faculty governance at MIT and beyond, serving as the associate chair of the MIT Faculty from 2007–2009 and as vice-president of the American Political Science Association, 2013-14.
Michael Pratt is the O’Connor Family Professor in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Formerly at the University of Illinois, he has lectured at the University of Warsaw, and has been invited to speak in various locations across the world, including universities in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. He currently serves as an associate editor at the Administrative Science Quarterly and has been recognized as an Academy of Management Fellow. His research is problem-centered and process-oriented, and centers on how individuals connect with the work that they do, as well as to the organizations, professions, occupations and other collectives in which they find themselves. Pratt has studied a wide variety of occupations and professions, including physicians and nurses, firefighters, police officers, multilevel marketing distributors, librarians as well as business leaders in Fortune 500 companies.
His research has appeared in several leading academic journals and edited volumes, and he has co-edited two books. He was a recipient of the 2007 Best Paper Award for the Academy of Management Review (with Erik Dane). His research has also been showcased in TIME magazine, Discover magazine, the New Yorker, Forbes and MIT Sloan Review, as well as in the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and the New York Times. Pratt has also made an appearance on Here and Now on NPR, and his research on meaningful work was recently showcased in the new book, The Job.