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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 36.75

Robert H. Hayes papers

This collection includes papers of Professor Robert H. Hayes documenting his teaching, research, and administrative activities at Harvard Business School.


  • 1957-2003

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact for more information.

Restricted material has been identified and separated. Note that box and folder lists of restricted material have been redacted. See Archivist for more information.


4 linear feet (8 boxes)

This collection reflects the work of Robert H. Hayes as a teacher, researcher, and administrative leader of HBS educational programs and events. Materials include notes for teaching courses, research notes for writing case studies, published case studies (some annotated), student assignments, program proposals and planning documents, curriculum planning materials, research papers, and professional correspondence.

The collection is divided into two series: I. Harvard Business School Teaching Files, 1957-2002 and II. Harvard Business School Administration and Program Files, 1962-2003. The subseries within these series are grouped according to the original order assigned by the creator. Teaching files are collected by course title or program area (where they are known) and are arranged chronologically within subseries. Administrative records are grouped according to the programs and events in which Hayes played an administrative role.

Biographical Note:

Robert H. Hayes was born July 17, 1936 in WaKeeney, Kansas. He studied at Wesleyan University, receiving a BA in Mathematics in 1958 and continued his education at Stanford University earning a MS in Statistics in 1962 and a PhD in Operations Research in 1966. During this period, Hayes gained both professional and academic experience working with IBM Technical Sales (1958-1961) and McKinsey & Co. (1962-1966), as well as teaching at the Stanford Graduate School of Business Administration (1964-1966). Harvard Business School (HBS) appointed Hayes as Assistant Professor of Business Administration in 1966. At HBS, Hayes taught in the Production and Operations Management (POM) academic unit and the courses he taught included Manufacturing Policy, Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Management of Service Operations, and Management of Operations. During his tenure at HBS, Hayes published extensively, including co-authoring seven books, one of which, Restoring our Competitive Edge: Competing Through Manufacturing (coauthored with Steven C. Wheelwright), won the Association of American Publishers' Award in 1984 for the best book on business, management, and economics published that year. He also won the McKinsey Award for the best articles published in the Harvard Business Review on three occasions, and researched and authored numerous case studies for HBS.

In addition to his teaching and research, Professor Hayes held a number of senior administrative positions at HBS, including Productions and Operations Management Area Head, Process, Analysis & Control Program Head, and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Planning and Development and actively participated in academic committees. In these roles, he contributed to molding the curriculum for the MBA program, particularly through his work on the MBA Leadership and Learning committee. Hayes also collected documentation on the history of the teaching and research mission of HBS which guided his vision for continuing innovation in education. The HBS Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Colloquium, which Hayes helped organize in 1984, brought together business education leaders to celebrate the history of HBS while also looking to the future of educating business students. He contributed to the global mission of HBS as well, living and conducting research in both Europe and Asia. His leadership in developing of HBS's Asia-Pacific Research Office, which opened in Hong Kong in 1998, stands as a significant achievement in international business education. Professor Hayes remains active at HBS as the Philip Caldwell Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Harvard Business School Teaching Files, 1957-2002
  2. ___ Subseries A. Advanced Manufacturing Technology course, 1977-1989
  3. ___ Subseries B. Manufacturing Policy - Plastics Industry course, 1966-1988
  4. ___ Subseries C. Production, Operations, & Management courses, 1957-1989
  5. ___ Subseries D. General Files and Courses, 1959-2002
  6. ___ Subseries E. Management of Operations Student Files, 1980-1984
  7. Series II. Harvard Business School Administration and Program Files, 1962-2003
  8. ___ Subseries A. HBS Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Colloquium, 1983-1984
  9. ___ Subseries B. Asia-Pacific Office, 1992-1998
  10. ___ Subseries C. Harvard Business School History, 1962-1996
  11. ___ Subseries D. MBA Leadership & Learning, 1966-1996
  12. ___ Subseries E. Process Analysis & Control program, 1972-1993
  13. ___ Subseries F. Production, Operations & Management area, 1971-1999
  14. ___ Subseries G. General Administration and Program Files, 1994-2003


Gift of Robert H. Hayes, 2000 and 2006 (A-01-02; A-07-20)

Processing Information

Processed: June 2015

By: Liam Sullivan
Link to catalog
Hayes, Robert H., 1936-. Robert H. Hayes Papers, 1957-2003: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

Baker Library Special Collections holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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