Faculty Directory

Margaret Hanson

Visiting Assistant Professor; Research Scholar



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

AREAS OF EXPERTISEEthics and responsibility, business-government relations

Current Research Topics

  • NGO-corporate collaboration
  • Social movements and global standardization

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

Working Papers

  • "Safe Drinking Water: Innovations for Base of the Pyramid Markets"
  • "Business-Social Sector Partnerships: Finding the Middle Ground"
  • "Safe Drinking Water: A Global Crisis in the Making"


  • 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

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

Research & Teaching Summary

Research by Margaret Hanson offers direction to firms developing a bottom-of-the-pyramid strategy in emerging markets, where, she feels, product innovation can inform consumption and get to the heart of social and environmental sustainability. Professor Hanson teaches the electives Business and Ethics: Base of Pyramid and Business-Social Sector Partnerships.