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Digital transformation, data proliferation, and design thinking have created a new business paradigm. The digital era is here, and it’s time to reinvent the future of business. That’s what Srikant Datar, Harvard Business School Dean, set out to do. That’s why Karim Lakhani Karim Lakhani headshot Karim R. Lakhani , HBS Professor of Business Administration, and Vladimir Jacimovic Headshot of Vladimir Jacimovic Vladimir Jacimovic , HBS Executive Fellow, developed a blueprint for the Digital Data Design Institute: to enable HBS faculty to address the most pressing business questions of the day.

Cutting-edge faculty research

13 Labs

A new research model was needed that could adapt continuously to keep the School on the bleeding edge. We’ve adopted a scaled research model, a lab model borrowed from engineering and the life and natural sciences. The lab is focused on solving problems in the world. Multiple faculty members immerse themselves in the issue, in addition to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, data scientists, visiting researchers, and other cross-school collaborators.

30+ Faculty members across Harvard

Over 30 faculty collaborate within these labs to generate research and actionable knowledge that solves big, real-world problems.  Visit the Profiles page to learn more about our world-renowned faculty, as well as all of our research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and lab staff.

6 Communities of Practice

The Institute centers around cutting-edge faculty research, organized into 13 labs that fit into six communities of practice.

  • Human-Centered Technology
  • New Operating Models and Business Models
  • AI & Future of Business Technology
  • Future of Work
  • Data, Privacy, Security, and Regulation
  • Performance and Metrics

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