IEDC Faculty

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Rory McDonald

Harvard Business School
Thai-Hi T. Lee Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Rory McDonald teaches Disruptive Strategy. He previously taught Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise (BSSE) and the Technology and Operations Management course at Harvard. He was named one of the world’s top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants. He is the co-author (along with Christopher Bingham) of the recent book, “Productive Tensions: How Every Leader Can Tackle Innovation’s Toughest Trade-Offs,” (MIT Press).

Professor McDonald’s award-winning research focuses on leading innovation, especially in new markets and product categories. He received his PhD in Management Science and Engineering from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. He also holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business as well as two engineering degrees from the University of South Florida. McDonald has spent a decade on the faculty of Harvard Business School and also taught at the University of Texas at Austin. He is on the board of YCG Funds, an Austin-based mutual fund company, and is an advisor to several startups. Professor McDonald and his wife Anne have four children. They are active in their church and enjoy a variety of family activities.

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