HBS’ Institute for the Study of Business in Global Society names inaugural cohort of visiting fellows

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Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the inaugural cohort of the Institute for the Study of Business in Global Society (BiGS) Visiting Fellows, who will be joining the School this fall.

The institute was established this year to provide a research-based platform to address critical business and societal issues. By integrating and amplifying work already underway at the School and catalyzing new streams of inquiry, it aims to direct the tools and resources of Harvard Business School directly towards the critical areas where business and society overlap and occasionally collide. Rather than presuming a single purpose for the profit-making firm, the Institute will gather a community of scholars, students, practitioners, and policymakers to re-examine and explore the appropriate role for business in a complex and challenging global society.

The BiGS Visiting Fellows are scholarly researchers who will join the School to work on specific projects related to issues of business and society. They will provide intellectual leadership and research support that will accelerate the process of knowledge creation at HBS and leverage the expertise of our faculty. For the 2022–23 academic year, the fellowship is dedicated to scholars whose work focuses on issues of race, diversity, inclusion, and inequality.

“The inaugural cohort of BiGS Fellows is made up of rising professors looking at critical issues such as racism in business technologies, inclusion in organizations, bias in legal policies, and the effect of incarceration on employment and entrepreneurship,” said Debora Spar, Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo Professor of Business Administration and senior associate dean, Business and Global Society. “They exemplify the mission of BiGS, to shine a light on those areas where business and society intersect, and where research can help make meaningful change.”

The 2022-2023 BiGS Visiting Fellows and their areas of research are:

  • Stephanie Creary, Assistant Professor of Management, Wharton
  • Damon Phillips, Robert Steinberg Professor of Management, Wharton
  • Broderick Turner, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, and Co-Founder, Technology, Race and Prejudice (T.R.A.P.) Lab
  • Jamillah Williams, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown

Chyei Vinluan, currently a Postdoctoral Fellow of Business Administration in both the Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets and Organizational Behavior Units at HBS, will also join the BiGS Fellows for the next academic year.