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Nan Stone

Clinical Professor of Management






PhD, Harvard University, 1981; AB, Smith College, 1969

Areas of Expertise

General management, nonprofit organizations, social-sector and philanthropic leadership and management


Managing for Social Impact Part 1; Managing for Social Impact Part 2


Nan Stone received her PhD in American Studies at Harvard University, and spent almost two decades at the Harvard Business Review, where she ultimately served as editor-in-chief. In 2000, she joined The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit startup incubated at Bain & Company, as its founding knowledge partner.

Current Research Topics

  • Managing for social impact
  • Constituent engagement and community revitalization

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Clinical Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business, 2017–present
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, 2015–17
  • Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, 2013–14
  • Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Business School, 1999–2000
  • Lecturer, Simmons College, 1979–82
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard College, 1975–77

Nonacademic positions

  • Senior Adviser, 2013–present, Founding Partner, 2002–13, The Bridgespan Group

Board memberships

  • Overseer, Cambridge Community Foundation, 2000–present
  • Advisory Board, City of Cambridge Human Services Commission, 2008–present
  • Advisory Committee, Full Frame Initiative, 2007–present
  • Advisory Committee, Center for Effective Philanthropy, 2006–present
  • Founding Director, Claremont Graduate University, Peter F. Drucker Archive, 1999–2000
  • Advisory Board, Claremont Graduate University, Peter F. Drucker Archive, 1996–2000
  • Member, Global Business Network, 1995–2010

Editorial positions

Harvard Business Review

  • Editor, 1994–99
  • Managing Editor, 1990–93
  • Senior Editor, 1986–89
  • Associate Editor, 1982–85


  • Boston YWCA Woman of Achievement Award, 2006
  • Education Writers Association prize for “Does Business Have Any Business in Education,” in the Harvard Business Review, 1991
  • Whiting Fellow in the Humanities, The Whiting Foundation, 1979

Selected Publications

  • With R. Menezes, “Next Generation Community Revitalization, A Work in Progress,” The Bridgespan Group, 2011
  • With T. Tierney and J.L. Fleischman, “Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results,” Public Affairs, 2011
  • With D. Howard, “Realizing the Promise of Promise Neighborhoods,” The Bridgespan Group, 2009
  • With J. Bradach and T. Tierney, “Delivering on the Promise of Nonprofits,” Harvard Business Review, 2008
  • “Thinking About Work,” The American Scholar, 2006
  • “Growth of Youth-Serving Nonprofits,” The Bridgespan Group, 2005
  • “Knowledge Sharing in the Social Sector,” The Bridgespan Group, 2003
  • With S. Colby and P. Carttar, “Zeroing in on Impact,” Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2004
  • With J. Magretta, "What Management Is, How it Works, and Why it’s Everyone’s Business," Free Press, 2002
  • “The Original Management Guru," Wall Street Journal, 1999
  • “Why Ideas Matter,” Outlook, 11(2), 1999
  • With P. Drucker, "On the Profession of Management," HBS Press, 1998
  • "Building Corporate Character: An Interview with Stride-Rite’s Arnold Hiatt," Harvard Business Review, 1992
  • "Does Business Have any Business in Education?” Harvard Business Review, 1991
  • “From National Champion to Global Competitor: An Interview with Thomson’s Alain Gomez,” Harvard Business Review, 1990
  • “The Case of the Perplexing Promotion,” Harvard Business Review, 1990
  • “The Globalization of Europe: An Interview with Wisse Dekker,” Harvard Business Review, 1989
  • “Mother’s Work,” Harvard Business Review, 1989