Hugh Courtney
Professor of International Business and Strategy

Hugh Courtney

101 Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000




Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., Economics, Northwestern University

Research & Teaching Interests

Courtney's teaching and research interests fall in the area of strategic decision-making under uncertainty, industry and competitor analysis, and the role of use-inspired business research in influencing business practice.

Industry & Academic Experience

Before joining the D’Amore-McKim School as Dean and Professor of International Business & Strategy in July 2012, Courtney was the Vice Dean and Professor of the Practice of Strategy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also served as the Smith School’s Associate Dean of Executive Programs. Dr. Courtney was a consultant with McKinsey & Company for nine years where he was a leader of its Strategy Practice and served clients on six continents across multiple industry sectors. He also served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of D&E Communications, Inc, a provider of voice, data and video services, and as a board member and treasurer for two Washington, DC-based non-profit organizations. Courtney ended his term as Dean of the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at the end of the 2017 academic year.

Services to the Profession

Dr. Courtney is the former Associate Editor of Long Range Planning and has served as a reviewer of manuscripts for the Strategic Management Journal and book proposals for the Harvard Business School Press. From 2007-09, he served as the Practice Representative for the Competitive Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and co-led McKinsey & Company’s co-sponsorship of the SMS Annual Conference in 2001. Dean Courtney has served as a peer reviewer for AACSB accreditation teams and has been a featured speaker at numerous business, academic and educational conferences.

Awards & Recognition

Krowe and “Top 15%” teaching awards, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, every year 2003-2012

#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

Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1985-88


Selected Publications

Courtney, H., Lovallo, D., and Clarke, C. (2013). “Deciding How to Decide,” Harvard Business Review.

Shapiro, D.L., Kirkman, B.L., and Courtney, H. (2007). “Perceived Causes and Solutions of the Translation Problem in Management Research,” Academy of Management Journal, 50(2).

Courtney, H., Lovallo, D. (2004). “Bringing Rigor and Reality to Early-Stage R&D Decisions,” Research • Technology Management, 47(5).

Courtney, H. (2001). "20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World," Harvard Business School Press. Editions available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Mandarin.

Courtney, H., Kirkland, J., Viguerie, P. (1997). “Strategy Under Uncertainty,” Harvard Business Review, 75(6): 66-79.


Selected Presentations

“Transforming Business Education Through Corporate Engagement,” AACSB International Conference and Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, April 27, 2015

“Driving Stakeholder Engagement and Impact Through Non-Degree and Lifelong Learning Initiatives,” AACSB Deans Conference, San Francisco, California, February 3, 2014

“Deciding How to Decide,” Harvard Business Review Webinar, December 16, 2013

“Innovation Leaders and the Higher Education Industry,” Boston Treasurers Club, November 12, 2013

“Characteristics of Innovation Leaders,” Innovation Initiative Summer Forum, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University, June 5, 2013