Daniel Isenberg

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Daniel Isenberg is a Babson Executive Education professor of entrepreneurship practice, CEO of Entrepreneurship Policy Advisors. He is the founder and director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, an initiative that helps regional coalitions in a variety of countries create the policies, structures, programs and climate that foster entrepreneurship. He is the architect and facilitator of entrepreneurship ecosystem efforts such as Manizales Mas and Scale Up Milwaukee. He is also working to inaugurate the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Program at Babson. He is the author of the recent best seller “Worthless, Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value” (Harvard Business Press, 2013). Isenberg was a Harvard Business School professor for 11 years and an entrepreneur for 16 years. He was also a venture capitalist and is an angel investor in several ventures.

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),[1] “How Senior Managers Think,” (1984)[2] and “The Tactics of Strategic Opportunism.” (1987).[3]

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 his Ph.D. degree in Social Psychology from Harvard University under the mentorship of Robert Freed Bales.


Dan maintains homes in Boston and in his home town of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and has 4 grown children. Dan enjoys salsa dancing (“On2”), jazz, cooking, collecting wine, and not-catching-fish (at which he excels); nevertheless, he is most passionate about spending time with his kids (two of whom are entrepreneurs), new granddaughter, and being surprised by what entrepreneurs around the world can accomplish.


  1. ^ Isenberg, Daniel, "The Global Entrepreneur", Harvard Business Review, December 1, 2008, "[1]"
  2. ^ Isenberg, Daniel, "How Senior Managers Think", Harvard Business Review, November 1, 1984, "[2]"
  3. ^ Isenberg, Daniel, "The Tactics of Strategic Opportunism", Harvard Business Review, March 1, 1987, "[3]"

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