Richard Vietor is the Baker Foundation Professor of Business Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He teaches courses on energy in the MBA and on international political economy in Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. He received a B.A. in economics from Union College (1967), an M.A. in history from Hofstra University (1971), and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pittsburgh (1975).
Before coming to the Business School in 1978, Professor Vietor held faculty appointments at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Missouri at Columbia. He is the recipient the Newcomen Award in business history and served as President of the Business History Conference in 1993-94.
Professor Vietor’s research on business and government policy has been published in numerous journals and books. His books include Environmental Politics and the Coal Coalition (1980), Energy Policy in America Since 1945 (1984), Telecommunications in Transition (1986), Strategic Management in the Regulated Environment (1989), Contrived Competition: Regulation and Deregulation in America (1994); Business Management and the Natural Environment (1996); Globalization and Growth: Case Studies in National Economic Strategies (2004); Environmental Protection and the Social Responsibility of Firms (eds. With Bruce Hay and Robert Stavins)(2007); and How Countries Compete (2007); The Class Moves the World (2010).
For his courses in business-government relations and environmental management, Professor Vietor has published more than 170 case studies on energy policy, the regulation of transportation, telecommunications and financial services; and on the national development strategies of a dozen countries. He has been a consultant to the Hudson Institute and the Energy Research and Development Administration, serves on the Advisory Boards of IPADE (in Mexico), IESE (in Spain), INALDE (in Columbia), IEEM (in Uruguay), the Luigi Gerardo Napolitano Society (in Italy), the Advisory Council of the Australia China Business Council, and several firms. He has served as a consultant to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Professor Vietor and his wife Cindy, have three adult children — Nicholas, Christopher, and Meredith.