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Margaret Hanson

Clinical Professor of Business Administration; Research Scholar






PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1997; BA, University of Washington, 1990

Areas of Expertise

Ethics and responsibility, business-government relations


Business and Ethics at the Base of the Pyramid; Business-Social Sector Partnerships

Current Research Topics

  • NGO-corporate collaboration
  • Social movements and global standardization

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2008–present
  • Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, 2007–08
  • Adjunct Professor, 2003–08, Senior Research Fellow, 1998–2003, INSEAD
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 1997–98

Nonacademic positions

  • Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 1990–91


  • Faculty Research Fellow, University of Indonesia, Jakarta, 1998
  • Research Grant, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., 1996
  • Research Fellow, Institute of African Studies, Lusaka, 1995
  • Research Fellow, Instytut Studlow Politycznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk (ISPPAN) Warsaw, 1995

Working Papers

  • “Business Models in Context of State Failure – Opportunities and Risks at the Base of the Pyramid” 2018
  • “Substitute vs. Learning Strategies, and Pathway to Scale” 2018
  • “Business-Social Sector Partnerships: Finding the Middle Ground” 2016
  • “Safe Drinking Water: Innovations for Base of the Pyramid Markets” 2010
  • “Safe Drinking Water: A Global Crisis in the Making” 2010

Selected Publications

  • "Social Innovation: Creating Products for Those at the Bottom of the Pyramid," INSEAD Knowledge, 2008
  • "Pure Water," World Business, 2007
  • "The Global Promotion of Transparency in Emerging Markets," Global Governance, 2003
  • "Aid and Advice in Africa," Political Science Quarterly, 2001