• PhD Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA Economics, Northwestern University

Selected Publications

  • Courtney, H. (2001). 20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World, Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press. (Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean and Mandarin editions)
  • Courtney, H., Lovallo, D., and Clarke, C. (2013). Deciding How to Decide. Harvard Business Review, 91(9), 62-70.
  • Courtney, H., Horn, J., & Kar, J. (2009). Getting Into Your Competitor's Head. McKinsey Quarterly, February, 129-137.
  • Shapiro, D., Kirkman, B., and Courtney, H. (2007). Perceived Causes and Solutions of the Translation Problem in Management Research. Academy of Management Journal, 50(2), 249-266.
  • Courtney, H., Kirkland, J., Viguerie, P. (1997). Strategy Under Uncertainty. Harvard Business Review, 75(6), 66-79.
  • Rindova, V., & Courtney, H. (2020, July). To Shape or Adapt: Knowledge Problems, Epistemologies and Strategic Postures Under Knightian Uncertainty,” Academy of Management Review, In-Press.

Selected Presentations

  • Courtney, H. (2019, August) Strategic Decision-Making Under Uncertainty: The Role of Postures, Irreversibility, and Competition, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • Courtney, H. (2015, April) Transforming Business Education Through Corporate Engagement, AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Courtney, H. (2014, February). Driving Stakeholder Engagement and Impact Through Non-Degree and Lifelong Learning Initiatives. Presented at the AACSB Annual Deans Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Courtney, H. (2013, December)Deciding How to Decide, Harvard Business Review Webinar
  • Courtney, H. (2013, June)Characteristics of Innovation Leaders, Innovation Initiative Summer Forum, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.

Research & Teaching Interests

Courtney's teaching and research interests include: competitive strategy; applied game theory; strategic planning and decision making under uncertainty; labor market mismatch and its implications for employees and employers; the link between management research and business practice; and business education pedagogy and impact.

Industry & Academic Experience

Courtney served as the Dean of the D'Amore-McKim School from 2012-17. He is the former Vice Dean and Professor of Practice at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business. Courtney was a member of McKinsey & Company's Strategy Practice for nine years. He also chaired a publicly-traded telecommunications firm, and has served on three non-profit boards.

Services to the Profession

During his tenure as Dean, Courtney co-led Northeastern's “curricular flexibility” initiative designed to enable undergraduate students to explore a wider variety of academic fields. He also served as a peer reviewer for AACSB accreditation teams and presented at multiple AACSB conferences. He is the former Associate Editor of Long Range Planning and presents regularly at Strategic Management Society conferences.

Awards & Recognition

  • Teaching Excellence Awards, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, every year from 2003-12
  • #1 ranking for Corporate Strategy in Executive MBA programs (for the corporate strategy curriculum at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business which Dr. Courtney designed and taught), Financial Times, 2010
  • Named one of five “Up and Comers” in the consulting industry, Consulting Magazine, 2001