Laura Huang is an award-winning researcher and Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School. Laura’s work studies the subtle signals and cues that often impact the behavioral perceptions of investors, and examines the micro-foundations of entrepreneurship and the role of individual perceptions, preferences and attributions on investor decisions of financiers such as angel investors and VCs. She is the author of the international best-selling book EDGE: Turning Adversity into Advantage, and the creator and co-founder of Project EMplify, an initiative dedicated to addressing inequality and disadvantage through personal empowerment. Prior to joining Harvard, Laura was an Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Before entering academia, she worked across North America, Europe and Asia in investment banking, consulting and general management, for corporations such as Standard Chartered Bank, IBM Global Services and Johnson & Johnson. She has also served as a consultant and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial start-ups in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia and China.
2012 - 2017
2000 - 2002
Her work contributes to larger areas of scholarship such as organizational decision making, uncertainty and judgment, and interpersonal bias.
It addresses practical implications for entrepreneurs, investors, and for the start-up ecosystem as a whole.
Topic areas include communications, gender and diversity, leadership, organizational behavior, technology, and innovation.
Trending topics include corporate social responsibility, future of work, race, equality, ethics, and workforce productivity.
SELECT HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
2020 TUM Research Excellence Award
2019 Responsible Research in Management Award
2016 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40, Poets & Quants
2013 Heizer Award, Best Dissertation in Entrepreneurship
2013 Best Dissertation Award, Academy of Management
Leading Management Thinkers in the World, Thinkers 50 Radar
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