Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Jesse M. Fried is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2009, Fried was a Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) at the University of California Berkeley. Fried has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University Law School, Duisenberg School of Finance, Hebrew University, IDC Herzilya, and Tel Aviv University. He holds an A.B. and A.M in Economics from Harvard University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. His well-known book Pay without Performance: the Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation, co-authored with Lucian Bebchuk, has been widely acclaimed by both academics and practitioners and translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian. Fried has served as a consultant and expert witness in litigation involving executive compensation and corporate governance issues. He also serves on the Research Advisory Council of proxy advisor Glass, Lewis & Co.
Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Professor of Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
John Van Maanen is the Erwin H. Schell Professor of Management and a Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
He works within the fields of organization behavior and theory. Van Maanen is an ethnographer of organizations ranging in type from police organizations to educational institutions, as well as a variety of business firms. Cultural descriptions figure prominently in his studies of such diverse work worlds as beat patrolmen on city streets in the United States; police detectives and their guv’nors in London; fishermen in the North Atlantic; MBA students at MIT and Harvard Business School, and park operatives in the Sistine Chapel of Fakery, Disneyland (here and abroad).
In addition, he has worked with numerous public and private organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia, including BP, IBM, BMW, Siemens, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Lafarge, Mars, Warburg Dillon Read, Sabanci University, and the National University of Technology (Singapore).
Van Maanen has taught at MIT Sloan since 1972. He has served as the faculty chair of the MIT Sloan Fellows Program at MIT and as the head of the Organization Studies Group within the Sloan School. He has been a Visiting Professor at Yale University, University of Surrey in the UK, INSEAD in France, and is an Honorary Fellow at Cambridge University.
He is the author of numerous books and articles, most recently, Tales of the Field (University of Chicago Press, 2011, 2nd edition). He and Edgar Schein recently coauthored Career Anchors(Wiley, 2013). Van Maanen has served on the editorial boards of a variety of journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Human Organizations, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Human Relations, and Studies in Cultures, Organizations, and Societies.
He is a member of the American Sociological Association, the American Anthropological Association, and a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
Van Maanen holds a BA in political science and sociology from California State University at Long Beach, and an an MS and a PhD in social administration from the University of California, Irvine.
Samuel Williston Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Director of the Harvard Negotiation Project
Robert H. Mnookin is the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Director of the Harvard Negotiation Research Project. A leading scholar in the field of conflict resolution, Professor Mnookin has applied his interdisciplinary approach to negotiation and conflict resolution to a remarkable range of problems; both public and private.
A renowned teacher and lecturer, Professor Mnookin has taught numerous workshops for corporations, governmental agencies and law firms throughout the world and trained many executives and professionals in negotiation and mediation skills. On behalf of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, he designed and has taught annual workshops for intellectual property professionals. Professor Mnookin has served as a consultant to governments, international agencies, major corporations and law firms. As a neutral arbitrator or mediator, he has resolved numerous complex commercial disputes.
Professor Mnookin has written or edited ten books and numerous scholarly articles. In his most recent book, Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight, Mnookin explores the challenge of making such critical decisions. Using eight conflicts drawn from history and his own professional experience, he offers a framework that applies equally to international conflicts and everyday life.
Roy and Elizabeth Simmons Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Benjamin Esty is the Roy and Elizabeth Simmons Professor of Business Administration. He currently teaches the introductory strategy course in the first year of the MBA program, but has taught a variety of elective courses including advanced corporate finance and project finance. The project finance course, called Large-Scale Investment (LSI), analyzed how firms structure, value, finance, and negotiate large capital investments. He also teaches in a variety of executive education programs and served as the faculty chairman for the Summer Venture in Management Program for 14 years, a management training program for underrepresented minority students. Professor Esty served as the Head of the Finance Unit (department) from 2009-14. Before that, he was the founding faculty chairman of the General Management Program (GMP), a comprehensive leadership program designed to create outstanding business leaders. He has received the Student Association Award for teaching excellence multiple times, the Charles M. Williams Award for contributions to student learning, the Apgar Award for teaching innovations, and the Greenhill Award for outstanding service to the school (twice). The more recent Greenhill Award recognized his leadership of the Conflicts of Interest Task Force, a committee responsible for writing policies governing the faculty’s outside activities, and his service as the School’s de facto co-Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) from 2011-14.
His current research focuses on corporate strategy, financial strategy, and the financial implications of major strategic decisions. His articles have been published in a variety of academic and practitioner-oriented journals. In addition, he has written more than 140 case studies, technical notes, and teaching notes on corporate finance, corporate strategy, leadership, mergers and acquisitions, and valuation issues. Collectively, HBS Publishing has sold more than 1.5 million copies of his cases and notes including almost 100,000 of them last year, and 31 of them are now or have been classified as HBS “bestsellers” (the “most popular” designation). The case studies and notes on project finance are contained in a book entitled Modern Project Finance: A Casebook (Wiley). Formerly, he was an associate editor of the Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Journal of Money, Credit & Banking(JMCB), Emerging Markets Review (EMR), Financial Management (FM), Journal of Financial Services Research (JFSR), and Journal of Project Finance (JPF).
In addition to his academic research, Professor Esty has served as a consultant to and led training programs for multi-national companies, investment banks, consulting firms, and government agencies on a broad range of financial, strategic, and leadership issues. This work has ocurred with firms or organizations on six different continents. In addition, he has served as an expert witness and consultant for litigation involving project finance, corporate finance, and complex valuation issues. He currently serves as a director and the chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee for Raymond James Financial, Inc. (NYSE: RJF), a diversified financial services holding company and a member of both the Fortune 500 List and the S&P 500 Index. He also serves on the board and chairs the audit committee of Harvard Business Publishing, a $250 million not-for-profit education company; and is a member of the Finance & Investment Committee of the New England Deaconess Association, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community founded in 1889. Formerly, he was an independent trustee for the Eaton Vance family of mutual funds and a director of the Harvard University Employees Credit Union (HUECU).
Professor Esty received his Ph.D. in Business Economics with a concentration in finance from Harvard University; his MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School; and his BA degree in Economics with honors and distinction from Stanford University.
Faculty Chair: Mergers & Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals
John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law & Economics, Harvard Law School
Research Director, Center on the Legal Profession and Vice Dean for Finance and Strategic Initiatives, Harvard Law School
John Coates is the John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics at Harvard Law School, where he also serves as the Vice Dean for Finance and Strategic Initiatives, and Research Director of the Center on the Legal Profession. He chairs the faculty committee on executive education and teaches contracts, corporations, corporate governance and financial regulations. He also is a Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he teaches finance, corporate governance and M&A. In 2016, he was elected to the Investor Advisory Committee within the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the author of numerous articles on corporate, securities and financial institution law, and for seven years co-authored the leading annual survey of developments in financial institution M&A. Professor Coates is the Faculty Chair of Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring and Leading Deals.
Before joining Harvard, he was a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, specializing in financial institutions and M&A. He has testified before Congress and provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Treasury, the New York Stock Exchange, and participants in the financial markets, including hedge funds, investment banks, and private equity funds. He served as independent consultant for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in one of the first “Fair Fund” distributions (an enforcement action regarding payment for order flow), and one of the largest distributions ($306 million relating to market timing and late trading), and is currently the Chair of the Investor-as-Owner Subcommittee of the Investor Advisory Committee of the SEC. He has served as an independent representative of individual and institutional clients of institutional trustees and money managers, and currently is serving as a DOJ-appointed independent monitor for one of the Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions.