Faculty Directory

Nan Stone

Adjunct Professor of Business Administration






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

Areas of Expertise

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


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

  • Adjunct Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, 2015-present
  • 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