Julie Battilana

Founder and Faculty Chair

Julie Battilana is the Alan L. Gleitsman Professor of Social Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS). As the Gleitsman Professor, she serves as the Faculty Chair of the New World Social Innovation Fellows Program, in which she teaches social innovation. She also teaches Power and Influence to HBS and HKS students and in previous years has taught the first-year Leadership and Organizational Behavior (LEAD) course in the MBA program at HBS. In addition, she teaches in the doctoral program and in executive education offerings. 

Professor Battilana’s research focuses on individuals and organizations seeking to produce sustainable social change. Her ambition is to elucidate what it takes to initiate “divergent” change, and how to succeed in its implementation. In particular, her work examines social enterprises that diverge from established organizational forms – typical corporations and/or typical not-for-profits – by combining aspects of both at their core. She aims to understand how hybrid organizations like these can sustainably combine these two aspects and how they can achieve high levels of both social and commercial performance.

She has articles published or forthcoming in the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Ethics, Leadership Quarterly, Management Science, Organization, Organization Science, Organization Studies, Research in Organizational Behavior and Strategic Organization. Her research has been featured in publications like BusinessWeek, the Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is also a regular contributor to the French newspaper Le Monde.

A native of France, Professor Battilana earned a B.A. in sociology and economics, an M.A. in political sociology and an M.Sc. in organizational sociology and public policy from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.  She also holds a degree from HEC Business School, and a joint Ph.D. in organizational behavior from INSEAD and in management and economics from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan.

Julie is the author of two books: The Working Manifesto, co-authored by Isabelle Ferreras and Dominique Méda (Forthcoming, University of Chicago Press, originally published in French by Le Seuil, 2020), and Power, for All: How it Really Works and Why It Is Everyone’s Business (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2021).