Research Associate at Harvard University

Posted in Research 10 days ago.

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Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Harvard University

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Research Associate
Harvard Business School

Job-Specific Responsibilities
The Research Associate, based at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, will work under the direction of Professor Michael Porter as his principal research associate in the area of competitiveness and economic development at the national, state, regional, and city levels. Responsibilities include the preparation of Harvard Business School case studies on topics related to competitiveness, working with Professor Porter and team to prepare presentations for academic and public policy audiences, preparing original research support and literature reviews, analyzing, expanding, and maintaining databases of economic and other data, and representing Professor Porter in forums and with groups in the competitiveness field.

In addition, based on the candidate and Professor Porter's needs, the Research Associate may devote a significant portion of time on work in the area of competitive strategy. This will involve research on companies and industries, preparing company case studies, and conducting related statistical research.

About the Institute:

The Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness ( is a joint Institute of Harvard University and Harvard Business School, dedicated to supporting and extending the research pioneered by Professor Porter and disseminating it to scholars and practitioners on a global basis. The Institute is focused on the study of competition and its implications for the strategy of companies and other types of organizations, the competitiveness of nations, regions and cities, and new ways to address social challenges such as health care, environmental impact, corporate social responsibility, and philanthropy. The Institute has approximately ten employees in research and administrative positions from diverse backgrounds.

Potential Outcome:

This position will offer first-hand exposure to a leading scholar and practitioner, the opportunity to participate in the development, testing, and dissemination of new theory and related curriculum, and involvement with the senior leaders in business and government. The position is ideal preparation for pursuing a doctorate, strategic consulting, or working in an economic policy role in government.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS with minimum of 1 to 3 years of experience required.
  • Evidence of academic excellence and of independent research experience.
  • Strong skills related to the Microsoft Office Suite are expected.

Additional Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Economics or related field is preferred.

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong conceptual ability; high quality of mind; excellent writing skills; the ability to work productively under time pressure; the capacity to work well independently; and the ability to interact successfully with senior leaders. The position will involve working with various statistical software packages, collecting and assembling data from disparate sources, and creating databases.

This position requires an individual capable of consistent use of discretion, judgment, and initiative. Evidence of prior high-quality, original academic writing, and background in analysis and interpretation of relevant data, research, news, and literature.