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Leigh Hafrey

  • Senior Lecturer, Communication and Ethics
  • E62-341
  • (617) 258-0266
  • (617) 253-2660

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 course. 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 reporting, essays, reviews, interviews and translations 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 publications on business and management include a quarterly column for IPA's Business Today (2007-09); cases and blogs for MIT Sloan; a book on how people use stories to articulate ethical norms,The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business (2005); and War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading, an essay on business alternatives to a culture of war in today's America (2016).

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

  • "Asociación Chilena de Seguridad (ACHS) (A): Honoring a Legacy, Embracing Change." Leigh Hafrey and Cate Reavis. In MIT Sloan Case #15-162, Cambridge, MA: April 2016.
  • "Asociación Chilena de Seguridad (ACHS) (B): Sustaining Change." Leigh Hafrey and Cate Reavis. In MIT Sloan Case #15-163, Cambridge, MA: April 2016.
  • "Which Way to the Front?" Hafrey, Leigh. The Blog. The Huffington Post, January 2016.
  • War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading. Hafrey, Leigh. New York, NY: Business Expert Press , 2015.
  • "Making Paternity Leave Pay." Hafrey, Leigh. Cognoscenti. WBUR, January 2015.
  • "The Ethics of Voicing One’s Values." Hafrey, Leigh. In Educating for Values-Driven Leadership: Giving Voice to Values Across the Curriculum, edited by Mary Gentile, New York, NY: Business Expert Press, 2013.
  • "Corporate Personhood, Business Leadership, and the U.S. Presidential Election of 2012." Leigh Hafrey and Cate Reavis. In MIT Sloan Case #11-134, Cambridge, MA: June 2012.
  • "Management Principles and the Washington, D.C., Public Schools (A): Choosing a Chancellor." Leigh Hafrey and Cate Reavis. In MIT Sloan Case #10-100, Cambridge, MA: September 2011.
  • "Management Principles and the Washington, D.C., Public Schools (B): Race to the Top." Leigh Hafrey and Cate Reavis. In MIT Sloan Case #10-101, Cambridge, MA: September 2011.
  • "Management Principles and the Washington, D.C., Public Schools (C): Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Reflects." Leigh Hafrey and Cate Reavis. In MIT Sloan Case #10-123, Cambridge, MA: July 2011.
  • "Ancorapoint and Nigeria’s Primary Health Care Development Agency." Leigh Hafrey and Cate Reavis. In MIT Sloan Case #10-112, Cambridge, MA: 2011.
  • "Linking Inequality and Poverty." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, September 2009.
  • "Leadership to Remember." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, July 2009.
  • "A Different American Century." Leigh, Hafrey. IPA’s Business Today, April 2009.
  • "Imagine a Purpose." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, September 2008.
  • "The $300 Skate." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, July 2008.
  • "The Language of Dissent." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, April 2008.
  • "Toxic Innovation." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, January 2008.
  • "People or Profit." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, September 2007.
  • "The New Generation Gap." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, July 2007.
  • "Small Business Ethics." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, March 2007.
  • "Surf’s Up." Hafrey, Leigh. IPA’s Business Today, January 2007.
  • The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business. Hafrey, Leigh. New York, NY: Other Press LLC, 2005.
  • "Gender, Ethics, and Leadership." Hafrey, Leigh. WomensBiz, December 2005.
  • "Where Have All the Dollars Gone?  A Paradigm for Business Ethics." Hafrey, Leigh. The Manchester Review, April 1996.
  • "At Cyberspace University Press, Paperless Publishing Looks Good." Hafrey, Leigh. NYTimes Book Review, October 1994.
  • "What’s In a Book?" Hafrey, Leigh. Harvard Review, September 1993.
  • "Tourists in Our Very Souls." Hafrey, Leigh. Harvard Review, September 1992.
  • "War Stories for a New Generation." Hafrey, Leigh. Harvard Review, April 1992.
  • "He Found Himself Transformed to a Giant Modernist." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Franz Kafka: Representative Man, by Frederick Karl. NYTimes Book Review, February 23, 1992.
  • "He’s Back Home, But Is It the Real Robert Wilson?" Hafrey, Leigh. New York Times, Sunday Arts and Leisure, February 1991.
  • "By Candlelight, Martha Clarke Creates Three-Ring Theater." Hafrey, Leigh. New York Times, Arts and Leisure, July 1990.
  • "Nervous Laughter." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Masquerade and Other Stories, by Robert Walser. NYTimes Book Review, June 3, 1990.
  • "Snatching the Grail from the Nazis." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Parsifal, by Peter Vansittart. NYTimes Book Review, July 16, 1989.
  • "An end or a beginning." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of A Hesitation before Birth: the life of Franz Kafka, by Peter Mailloux . TLS, June 16, 1989.
  • "An end or a beginning." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Frank Kafka: The necessity of form, by Stanley Korngold. TLS, June 16, 1989.
  • "Crazy in Vienna." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Wittgenstein’s Nephew: A Friendship, by Thomas Bernhard. NYTimes Book Review, February 19, 1989.
  • "Striving to be a science." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Re-forming the Narrative: Towards a mechanics of modernist fiction, by David Hayman. TLS, January 13, 1989.
  • "Striving to be a science." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Narrative Crossings: Theory and pragmatics of prose fiction, by Alexander Gelley. TLS, January 13, 1989.
  • "Striving to be a science." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of A Dictionary of Narratology, by Gerald Prince. TLS, January 13, 1989.
  • "You Can’t Lie to a Dog." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of The White German Shepherd, by Vicki Hearne. NYTimes Book Review, June 26, 1988.
  • "Business Science?" Hafrey, Leigh. Management Berater, May 1988.
  • "They Will Hear Silvio Ayala." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Imagining Argentina, by Lawrence Thornton. NYTimes Book Review, September 20, 1987.
  • "Write About What You Know:  Big Bang or Grecian Urn." Hafrey, Leigh. NYTimes Book Review, December 1986.
  • "Eyeless with Breugel." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of The Parable of the Blind, by Gert Hofmann. NYTimes Book Review, January 26, 1986.
  • "Freedom, Necessity, and Dogs I Have Known." Hafrey, Leigh. NYTimes Book Review, December 1985.
  • "In the Spirit of ’68." Hafrey, Leigh. Review of Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer, by Richard Holmes. NYTimes Book Review, October 20, 1985.
  • "The Bottom Line." Hafrey, Leigh. The Times Higher Education, April 1983.
  • "The Gilded Cage:  postmodernism and beyond." Hafrey, Leigh. TriQuarterly, January 1983.