Daniel Isenberg

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Daniel Isenberg is a Professor of Management Practice at Babson Global where he established the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project (BEEP). He has published several seminal articles in the Harvard Business Review, including the April 2011 "Entrepreneurs and the Cult of Failure"[1] and the June 2010 “How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution,”[2] that was published as the “Big Idea” feature article. Isenberg has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Insead, Reykjavik, Theseus, and the Technion, and has been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Isenberg speaks and consults frequently on global entrepreneurship and blogs regularly for Huffington Post, Forbes and The Economist. He has also been quoted in Fortune, The Economist, Boston Globe, Success, Yomiuri Shimbun, il Mondi, HaAretz, Nikkei, Business Week, and USA Today.

Isenberg launched BEEP to help societies around the world create the policies, structures, programs and climate that foster entrepreneurship. In this capacity, he has piloted entrepreneurship programs or advised senior policy groups in numerous countries, including Puerto Rico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Spain, Ireland, South Africa, China, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Israel. He also advises the White House on its Startup America program.

Harvard faculty[edit]

Prior to joining Babson in July 2009, Isenberg served for eleven years on the Harvard Business School faculty: From 2005-2009 he taught in the Entrepreneurial Management unit, where he developed the popular course, International Entrepreneurship, for which he wrote 27 international cases. Isenberg also taught in the required first year course, The Entrepreneurial Manager. Isenberg designed and led HBS’s new India and Israel International Immersion Programs on entrepreneurship. From 1981-1987 Isenberg was in the Organizational Behavior unit, and has published three seminal HBR articles: “The Global Entrepreneur,” (2008),[3] “How Senior Managers Think,” (1984)[4] and “The Tactics of Strategic Opportunism.” (1987).[5]

During his first period at HBS in the 1980s, Isenberg conducted research programs in two areas, human interaction in small groups, and managerial cognition, which resulted in publications in top-tier journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Academy of Management Journal, etc. He taught Organizational Behavior, Managing Organizational Effectiveness, and Power and Influence. Isenberg has been a consultant to or conducted executive education for Dow Chemical, ABB, Garanti Bank (Turkey), Digital Equipment Corporation, Ford Europe, Mitsubishi, Omron, Mitsui, and others.

Business leadership[edit]

Between 1987-2004, Isenberg lived in Israel and was founding CEO of Triangle Technologies, which executes cross-border transactions between Japanese companies and non-Japanese technology companies, and has concluded over 100 discrete deals (joint ventures, OEM agreements, distribution channels, strategic investments, licensing agreements, etc.). During that period Isenberg helped establish two venture capital funds and was general partner in one of them. From 1987-1989 he created a course at the Technion called Technology-Based Entrepreneurship, co-founded and co-directed the Tefen Entrepreneurs Program with Stef Wertheimer, and directed the Technion Entrepreneurial Associates with Professor Ed Roberts from MIT. Isenberg has served as director of several private and NASDAQ-listed companies.


In 1981 Isenberg received the Ph.D. degree in Social Psychology from Harvard University under the mentorship of Robert Freed Bales.


Isenberg maintains homes in Boston and in his home town of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and has 4 grown children.


  1. ^ Isenberg, "Entrepreneurs and the Cult of Failure", Harvard Business Review, April 2011
  2. ^ Isenberg, Daniel, "How to Start an Entrepreneurial Revolution", Harvard Business Review, June 1, 2010, "[1]"
  3. ^ Isenberg, Daniel, "The Global Entrepreneur", Harvard Business Review, December 1, 2008, "[2]"
  4. ^ Isenberg, Daniel, "How Senior Managers Think", Harvard Business Review, November 1, 1984, "[3]"
  5. ^ Isenberg, Daniel, "The Tactics of Strategic Opportunism", Harvard Business Review, March 1, 1987, "[4]"

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