Barbara Larson is Executive Professor of Management and Partnerships Director at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, where she has been on faculty since 2012. Dr. Larson teaches courses in managing change and disruption, innovation management, high-performing teams and organizational behavior. She conducts research on virtual work and remote work, and training of digital workers. Her work has been published in Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Perspectives, Management Science, and Management Teaching Review, among other outlets.
Before her academic career, Larson spent 15 years in various international finance and operations roles in industry, most recently as Director of International Finance at R.R. Donnelley. She earned her doctorate (D.B.A.) from Harvard Business School, M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. from the University of Virginia.
- DBA Management, Harvard University
- MBA, University of Pennsylvania
- BA Spanish, University of Virginia
- Larson, Barbara, Vroman, Susan, and Makarius, Erin (2020). A guide to managing your (newly) remote workers. Harvard Business Review (online edition), March 18.
- Choudhury, Prithwiraj, Larson, Barbara and Cirrus Foroughi (2019). “Is it time to let employees work from anywhere?” Harvard Business Review (online edition), August 14.
- Larson, Barbara Z. and Erin E. Makarius (2018). “The virtual work skills you need – even if you never work remotely,” Harvard Business Review (online edition), October 5, 2018.
- Makarius, Erin and Barbara Zepp Larson (2017). “Changing the perspective of virtual work: Building virtual intelligence at the individual level,” Academy of Management Perspectives, 31(2), 159-178.
- Larson, Barbara Z., Leung, Opal and Kenneth Mullane (2017). Tools for Teaching Virtual Teams: A Comparative Resource Review, Management Teaching Review, 2(4), 333-347.
- Kesner, R., Larson, B., Dias, M., Laughran, P. D. (2017). Enhancing the Online Learning Experience in a Higher Education Setting through Virtual Team Assignments. Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal.
- Edmondson, A. C., Larson, B. (2014), The Deep: Entrepreneurship in the Public Sector (A and B cases). Harvard Business Publishing.
- Larson, Barbara Zepp and Brandon H. Lee (2011), “Finding a home: The organizational entry and ending points of an innovation.”
- Larson, Barbara Zepp (2012), “The strategic participation decisions of social movement organizations.”
- Larson, Barbara Zepp (2010), “Discourse or Protest? The impact of mass-mobilized communications on government regulation of business.”
- Siegel, Jordan I. and Barbara Zepp Larson (2009). “Labor Market Institutions and Global Strategic Adaptation: Evidence from Lincoln Electric,” Management Science, 55:9, 1527-1546.
- Larson, Barbara and Erin Makarius (2018), “Developing employees for organic virtual work,” Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology,” Chicago.
- Larson, Barbara and Erin Makarius (2018), “A 5-year retrospective: What have we learned about teaching virtual work skills?” Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Coastal Carolina University.
- Choudhury, Prithwiraj, Larson, Barbara, and Cirrus Foroughi, (2017), “Non pecuniary Incentives and Employee Productivity – Causal Estimates from the Implementation of Telework at the United States Patent Office,” Wharton People & Organizations Conference.
- Leung, Opal, Larson, Barbara Z., Mullane, Kenneth, and Harrison Fisher (2016), “Preparing students for virtual teams – the use of virtual tools in the management classroom.” Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, Canton, OH.
- Makarius, Erin and Larson, Barbara Zepp (2015), “Building Virtual Skills: Developing Employees to Succeed in Virtual Work.” Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver.
- Larson, Babara (Presenter & Author), Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference, “Teaching virtual management skills: Do We Need to Think Different?”, OBTS, Asheville, NC. (June 2013).
- Larson, Babara (Presenter & Author), SPRU seminar, “The strategic participation decisions of social movement organizations”, University of Sussex – Science and Technology Policy Research Unit, Brighton, UK. (April 2012).
- Larson, Babara (Presenter & Author), AOM Annual Meeting, “The strategic participation decisions of social movement organizations”, Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX. (August 2011).
Research & Teaching Interests
Dr. Larson teaches courses in managing change and disruption, innovation management, high-performing teams and organizational behavior. She conducts research on virtual work and telework, and training of digital workers. Her work has been published in Academy of Management Perspectives, Harvard Business Review, Management Science, and Management Teaching Review, among other outlets.
Industry & Academic Experience
Prior to joining the D’Amore-McKim faculty in 2012, Larson taught at University College London and University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, as well as Harvard Summer School. Before her academic career, Larson spent 15 years in various international finance and operations roles in industry, most recently as Director of International Finance at R.R. Donnelley.
Services to the Profession
- Academy of Management: Named one of top 25 reviewers, International Management Division (IMD), 2009; Doctoral Committee member (invited), IMD, 2007-2009; Paper Session Discussant, 2009; Reviewer, 2007, 2009-2012 Annual Meetings.
- Academy of International Business, member 2005 & 2009: Reviewer, AIB 2006 Annual Meeting.
- University of Illinois CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research): Member, Business Advisory Council (invited), 2003-4.
Awards & Recognition
- Faculty Advisor of the Year Award, Northeastern University, 2019
- “Best Teacher” Award – Master of Science in Innovation, 2018
- PhD Sustainability Academy, Richard Ivey School, University of Western Ontario (fully funded), 2010
- Harvard Business School Wyss Doctoral Fellowship, 2005-2011