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Michael J. Roberts
Harvard Business School Cases

Michael J. Roberts is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit. Dr. Roberts is the Executive Director, Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, and is also Executive Director, Case Development. Dr. Roberts was formerly an Assistant Professor at the school in the General Management area and taught the second-year elective course "Entrepreneurial Management." He also developed and taught the second-year elective course "Managing the Growing Enterprise." Dr. Roberts has worked in a variety of private sector industries. Prior to and during business school, he worked for McKinsey & Co. and Morgan Stanley, respectively. From 1989 to 1991, he served as Director of International Business Development for Cellular Communications, Inc. where he led a successful effort to acquire the second cellular license in Italy. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer of a start-up chain of quick service Italian restaurants, and as Vice President of Business Development for a company in the health care services field. Among the other clients of Dr. Roberts were numerous start up companies as well as AT&T, Chrysler and Ameritech. Dr. Roberts received his BA, cum laude, from Harvard College in economics in 1979. He was awarded his MBA, with high distinction, from Harvard Business School in 1983. He completed his formal studies in 1986 when he received his doctorate, as a Dean's Fellow, in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He is the author of over 100 case studies on starting and managing entrepreneurial companies. He co-authored New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur with Howard H. Stevenson and H. Irving Grousbeck, a text book that is used at over 100 graduate business schools. Dr. Roberts is also the author of numerous papers and articles on the challenges of managing the transition from entrepreneurial to professional management.

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Category Title Author/Speaker Organization Length Date
Textbook The Entrepreneurial Venture Michael J. Roberts · William A. Sahlman · Howard H. Stevenson · Amar V. Bhide - 624 pages 04/1999