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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 2.25

Francis J. Aguilar papers


This collection includes papers of Harvard Business School professor Francis J. Aguilar documenting his research, teaching, and professional activities.


  • 1961-2012


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.

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18 linear feet (32 boxes)
1.59 gigabytes* (Content from 8 optical disks and 26 disks)
The Francis J. Aguilar papers contain subject files, teaching records, research and writings, records of professional activities, and audiovisual materials. The bulk of the papers consist of administrative records, teaching records and case research and development. A large component of the teaching records reflect his activities teaching and organizing educational programs for professors of business administration in foreign countries, including eastern Europe and South America. The case research and development records document his preparation of cases for inclusion in the HBS curriculum and his efforts to teach case writing to eastern European academics. The collection also contains records of the Management Education Alliance, which Aguilar served as Executive Director for many years.

Biographical Note:

Francis Joseph Aguilar was a leading expert in the field of general management, strategy, and ethics. He received a BA in electrical engineering from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in 1954. Aguilar served as a pilot and squadron legal officer in the United States Navy during the final years of the Korean War. He retired from active duty in 1957. He earned an MBA (1959) and DBA (1965) from Harvard Business School and joined the faculty while still a doctoral student in 1964. He served as an instructor at HBS from 1963-1965, associate professor from 1967-1971, and Professor of Business Administration from 1971-1995. Aguilar taught courses in general management, accounting and control, business policy, and ethics in the MBA program and Executive Education program. From 1990-1994, Aguilar served as deputy director for the Central and Eastern Europe Teachers Program. The program was a joint venture between Harvard and leading business schools to prepare academic leaders from former Eastern Bloc countries for influential roles as teachers of business in emerging free-market economies. Aguilar retired in 1995, but served as an emeritus professor until 2012.

His special areas of interest include business policy, the business environment, corporate long range planning, ethics, and the education of teachers of business administration in foreign countries. He wrote over one hundred case studies and wrote or co-wrote numerous books and articles on corporate planning and ethics. He served as Chair of the International Teachers Program at HBS (ITP) for many years. After his retirement from HBS, he taught at the Harvard University Extension School beginning in 2001. His involvement in business education went beyond HBS. To increase the number of minorities embarking on careers in management, in 1992 he helped create the Management Education Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving business education in universities serving African-Americans and Hispanic Americans. Aguilar died in 2013.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Subject files, 1991-2012
  2. Series II. Harvard Business School international efforts, 1963-2004
  3. Series III. Teaching records, 1984-2010
  4. ___Subseries IIIA. Harvard University Extension School teaching records, 2001-2006
  5. ___Subseries IIIB. Outside teaching records, 1984-1998
  6. Series IV. Research and writing, 1961-2003
  7. ___Subseries IVA. Case research and development, 1961-2003
  8. ___Subseries IVB. Writings and speeches, 1964-2003
  9. Series V. Professional Activities, 1994-2007
  10. Series VI. Audiovisual materials, 1980-2001
  11. Series VII. Restricted files, 1986-2010

Physical Location



The Francis J. Aguilar papers were received by Baker Library Special Collecions from Francis J. Aguilar in 1996, 2005, and 2013.

Processing Information

Processed: May 2016

By: Benjamin Johnson

Digital content on physical media has been extracted when possible. Files were surveyed, screened for privacy and confidentiality concerns, and transferred to secure storage. Content open for research is described at the series and folder levels below.

Audiovisual content on physical media had not been reformatted.
Link to catalog
Aguilar, Francis J. (Francis Joseph). Francis J. Aguilar Papers, 1961-2012: 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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