Research Centers and Initiatives

Tuck’s research centers foster intellectual leadership through building a community of scholars, executives, and students focused on a particular topic.

They support faculty research, enrich the curriculum and learning environment for students, and connect the school more directly with practitioners and thought leaders in each field. Each sponsors its own programs and qualified MBA students are invited to serve as fellows, research associates, roundtable members, or participants in independent study projects.

Center for Business & Society
The Center for Business & Society aims to prepare Tuck students for leadership in this increasingly complex, interconnected world by ensuring that every student graduates with a deep, intellectual understanding of the role of business in society, a strong appreciation for principled, ethical behavior, and a keen desire to work for a better world. The center offers Tuck students opportunities for learning, both inside and outside the classroom, by hosting distinguished visitors, developing projects for academic credit, providing opportunities to make an impact locally and globally, offering financial support for internships and jobs in the nonprofit and public sectors, supporting new cases and courses, hosting executive programs, and enabling faculty research. The center works with alumni and business leaders as a resource for investigating best practices and current thinking on such topics as corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

Lindenauer Center for Corporate Governance
The Lindenauer Center for Corporate Governance researches how international differences in capital markets, ownership structures, and legal traditions affect financial contracts and best practices in corporate governance. It also studies potential conflicts between shareholders and other constituents that arise in takeovers, bankruptcies, restructuring, and determining executive compensation. The center seeks to engage Tuck students in the governance debate through its International Corporate Governance course, and by hosting leading executives and board members from industry. (Faculty Director: B. Espen Eckbo)

Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies
The Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies examines how technology-enabled processes harness an organization’s unique competencies, support its business strategy, and create competitive advantage. The center analyzes the impact of technology on management and strategy, conducts research, creates a dialogue between CIOs and their executive colleagues, and drives an understanding of digital strategies in the MBA curriculum. The center offers an MBA Fellows program for second-year students interested in digital technology and its broad impact on business today. (Faculty Director: Alva Taylor)

Center for Global Business and Government
The Center for Global Business and Government is dedicated to programs that prepare leaders to better understand, shape, and succeed in the dynamic interactions between business and government in today’s global economy. In the wake of the World Financial Crisis, governments are now a factor in most strategic global business decisions, and the leaders of global businesses and national governments struggle to understand each other’s goals, constraints, and methods. The programs at the center are aimed at addressing this knowledge gap. (Founding Faculty Director: Matthew Slaughter)

Center for Leadership
The Center for Leadership has three main goals: to design and offer leadership development curricula and activities that accelerate the pace at which Tuck students assume leadership roles in business, to support and advance cutting-edge research on topics that deepen the current understanding of leadership, and to serve as a forum where business leaders and scholars exchange best practices and research findings and collaborate in developing innovative approaches to leadership development. (Faculty Director: Sydney Finkelstein)

Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship
The Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship advances the understanding of private equity investing and entrepreneurial ventures as it focuses on fast-growing companies and the interactions among entrepreneurs, industry participants, and financial markets. It is actively involved in practitioner communities of private equity, and its outreach facilitates the pursuit of venture-backed activities. The center seeks to educate Tuck students through such courses as Private Equity Finance, Advanced Entrepreneurship, and Field Studies in Private Equity, and through support of internships, fellowships, and independent studies. (Faculty Director: Gordon Phillips)

Entrepreneurship Initiative
The Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) supports student entrepreneurship through the creation and coordination of programs, activities, and events. Tuck strives to provide the world’s best educational preparation for a career of business leadership. By providing students with a set of tools to address the challenges facing founders, the EI contributes to a student’s general business and leadership formation, regardless of their chosen career path after graduation. (Manager: Joaquin Villarreal T’08)

Healthcare Initiative
The Healthcare Initiative enhances the education and industry of Tuck students in the classroom and beyond through coursework, independent studies, consulting projects, intern support, and exposure to experts in business and health policy. It brings together the expertise of its affiliated Tuck faculty, as well as resources from across the Dartmouth College campus, including the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth Medical School, and Thayer School of Engineering. (Faculty Director: Michael Zubkoff)

Initiative for Women
Tuck’s Initiative for Women provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff, and alumnae to connect around the important issues of gender dynamics and gender equality. Programming encourages open dialogue and fosters the academic, professional, and personal development of Tuck women.

Revers Energy Initiative
The Revers Energy Initiative facilitates student education and career exploration in the global energy industry. Through speakers, independent study and consulting projects, internship support, and interactions with industry experts the Initiative will expose students to the energy industry, focusing particularly on the production, trading, and distribution of petroleum and petroleum products, natural gas, and electricity. The Initiative will also work to integrate energy industry issues into the MBA curriculum through support of faculty research and case writing. (Faculty Director: Erin Mansur)