The Research Associate (RA) position reports directly to faculty supervisors and administrative manager in the Research Staff Services office. Ideal RA candidates will be comfortable in an environment that requires a high level of independence and intellectual curiosity and the ability to use discretionary judgment. Under the general direction of Faculty member(s), RAs will develop, design and conduct research projects; develop interview structures, questions, and conduct interviews; synthesize, analyze, and produce original written materials for all forms of academic writing; conduct background research, propose and create new cases, and update existing cases or materials for classroom use; use advanced knowledge of qualitative research methodologies to design surveys, experiments or other instruments to manage, extrapolate and analyze research data.
Partner with HBS faculty on topics central to HBS research agenda in the field of social enterprise. Provide advanced subject-area expertise, analysis, and interpretation to faculty member in the area of marketing, corporate social responsibility, and economic development. Act with a high degree of autonomy. Serve as a collaborator and thought-partner.
Develop, analyze, and implement research using advanced knowledge and learning in economic development in India and social enterprise.
Write cases, articles, case supplements, project reports, and policy memos from start to finish creating original writing based on subject-area expertise, research, and interviews. Independently manage all timelines and deliverables for multiple projects with competing priorities.
Provide qualitative analysis, writing, and editing of book chapters, teaching modules, cases, and teaching notes.
Exercise independent decision making with regard to progression of research project and methodologies. When confronted with unexpected research data, be able to make deductions, add insight, and draw conclusions to share with faculty. Develop new techniques and instruments. Use knowledge of advanced subject area to analyze and interpret experimental results. Work independently with sophisticated research methodologies. Identify gaps in research and methods and recommend course of action. Produce original and innovative academic materials to supplement faculty research and teaching. Identify research directions, make recommendations to, and create original written material for faculty based on independent research.
Represent HBS to outside entities: interacting with prominent individuals (grace under pressure is essential). Interview decision makers at companies around the world and work closely with company representatives on the case development and course development efforts (e.g., case supplements, rewrites, teaching notes, and multimedia products). Perform on-site field research, interviews (local, regional and international level).
Ensure compliance with department, University and federal regulations. Complete work with only general direction. Be aware of department, School, University policies and potential outside research policies.
NOTE: This is a half-time term appointment starting ASAP through June 30th, 2017, with strong potential for reappointment.
Please note: qualified candidates will be asked to provide an official transcript(s) and writing sample. The interview process also includes a 2-hour writing exercise.
Harvard Business School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this role.
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Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary