Leigh Hafrey

Senior Lecturer, Communication and Ethics

Leigh Hafrey

Leigh Hafrey is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Since 1991, Hafrey has worked in professional ethics, with a focus on ethical leadership, teaching courses at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan, and consulting with professional practitioners in the United States and abroad.  At MIT Sloan, he teaches in the MBA program and Leaders for Global Operations, for which he moderates a mandatory two-year leadership program.  He has also taught in MIT’s Industrial Liaison, MIT-China Management Education, Master of Finance, Management of Technology, Nanyang Fellows, Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership, Supply Chain Management, and System Design and Management programs.

Since 1996, Hafrey has moderated the Aspen Institute’s Seminar in Leadership, Values, and the Good Society and other seminars sponsored by the Institute in the U.S. and abroad.  From 1993 to 2010, together with his wife, Sandra Naddaff, Hafrey was a co-Master of Mather House, one of the 12 residential complexes in Harvard College.  The Mather community brings together 400 undergraduates; 100 faculty, administrative, and alumni fellows; and dozens of advisory and other staff.

A former staff editor at The New York Times Book Review, Hafrey has published book translations from French and German.  His reporting, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times and other American and European periodicals.  He serves on the editorial advisory board of Philosophy of Management (U.K.) and the Journal of Business Ethics Education (U.S.).  His book on how people use stories to articulate ethical norms—The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business—appeared in 2005. His newest book, War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading (Business Expert Press) is slated for publication in November 2015.

Hafrey holds an AB in English from Harvard College and a PhD in comparative literature from Yale University.

General Expertise: B-school; B-school; Business education; Business education; Business ethics; Business school; Business school; Case studies; Change management; China; Communication; Communication practices; Conflict management; Conflict resolution; Conflicts of interest; Conflicts of interest; Corporate accountability; Corporate social responsibility; Crisis management; Cross-cultural awareness; Cross-sectoral collaboration; Cultural differences; Cultural differences; Distributed leadership; Diversity; Education; Education; Ethics; Ethics; Europe; Executive education; Executive education; Future of work; Future of work; Gender issues; Gender issues; Germany; Government; Human rights; International communication; International communication; Italy; Leadership; Leadership; Management education; Managerial communication; Managerial vision; Managing change; MBA; Non-profits / Nonprofits; Organizational behavior; Organizational change; Organizational communication; Organizational communications; Organizational culture; Social responsibility; Sustainability; Sustainable design; Tri-sector collaboration; United States; Work / Family issues; Work-life balance


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Office: E40-387

Tel: (617) 258-0266

Fax: (617) 253-2660

E-mail: lhafrey@mit.edu

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