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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 36.5.1

Harry L. Hansen papers

The Harry L. Hansen papers span the years 1938 to 1992 and document the breadth of Professor Hansen's work while at HBS and his continuing work in management education after he retired.

Dates

  • 1938-1992

Conditions Governing Access

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

Extent

8 linear feet (13 boxes)

The Harry L. Hansen papers span the years 1938 to 1992 and document the breadth of Professor Hansen's work while at HBS and his continuing work in management education after he retired. Items in the collection include subject files, correspondence, teaching records, research, writings, speeches and lectures, and yearbooks which reflect his extensive work in management education and in the development of advanced business programs throughout the world. The materials in the collection provide insight into Hansen’s level of involvement with the various international programs and the challenges of developing them. The collection is organized into four series: I. Subject files and correspondence, II. Institute Pengembangan Manajemen Indonesia, III. Yearbooks, and IV. Biographical.

Biographical Note:

Harry Louis Hansen was a pioneer of management education and a major figure in the development of advanced business programs throughout the world. He studied at Haverford College in 1933, and continued on at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (HBS) to earn his master's degree in 1935, and a doctorate in 1939. In 1950, Hansen became a full professor at HBS, and 1965 was the inaugural Malcolm P. McNair Professor of Marketing. He retired in 1977.

As a member of the Harvard Business School's faculty for more than four decades, Hansen's commitment to management education was recognized throughout the world. He was one of the first members of the faculty to see the necessity of broadening the scope of its teaching and research, and in large part due to his early efforts, the courses at HBS became more international in their focus long before most people gave any thought to the global economy. He directed his first overseas Advanced Management Program in 1956 in the Philippines and in 1963 became the first head of Harvard's Division of International Activities. He subsequently established programs and taught management seminars in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Indonesia, including the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), where he served as principle negotiator for the collaboration between HBS and IIMA and stayed on as the HBS Project Director for five years. His work also led to the establishment of business schools at both Oxford and Cambridge universities in the 1980’s. After his retirement from HBS, he became a distinguished professor at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE), in Barcelona, Spain, and in 1983, became active in the establishment and continuing development of the Institute Pengembangan Manajemen Indonesia, serving in a variety of roles including chairman of the International Advisory Committee. In 1985 he received the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts and received Harvard's Distinguished Service Award. Hansen died in 1992.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:
  1. Series I. Subject files and correspondence, 1958-1991
  2. Series II. Institute Pengembangan Manajemen Indonesia, 1975-1992
  3. Series III. Yearbooks, 1956-1989
  4. Series IV. Biographical, 1938-1992

Provenance:

The Harry L. Hansen papers (A-94-15) were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a gift from Carolyn Guptill Hansen in 1993.

Processing Information

Processed: July 2016

By: Mary Samouelian
Link to catalog
Title
Hansen, Harry L., 1911-1992. Harry L. Hansen Papers, 1938-1992 :A Finding Aid
Author
Baker Library
EAD ID
bak00276

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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