Jeffrey E. Garten

Dean Emeritus

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Jeffrey E. Garten was dean of the school from November 1995 to June 2005 and has been teaching at the school since he stepped down. Prior to serving as dean, he was undersecretary of commerce for international trade, 1993-1995, where he focused on trade and investment negotiations and policy towards big emerging markets—particularly China, India, and Brazil. Before government service he spent 13 years on Wall Street. As a managing director of Lehman Brothers, he specialized in debt restructuring in Latin America, built up Lehman's investment banking business in Asia, and restructured some of the world's largest shipping companies in Hong Kong. Later he worked on mergers and acquisitions for the Blackstone Group. From 1997-2005 he wrote a monthly column for BusinessWeek on major challenges facing global business leaders. His articles have also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and the Harvard Business Review.


  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1980
  • MA, Johns Hopkins University, 1972
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 1968

Courses & Descriptions

MGT 582, The Future of Global Finance
MGT 587, Managing Global Catastrophes I
MGT 892, Managing Global Catastrophes II
MGT 585, Wall Street & Washington: Markets, Policy, and Politics
Leading A Global Company
​Understanding Global Financial Centers

International Study Trips with Students

Singapore: Public-Private Governance, 2007, 2008
London, Dubai, Hong Kong: What Makes a Competitive Financial Center?, 2008, 2009
Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong: China in the Global Financial Markets, 2010, 2011, 2012


Selected Books

From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives
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Harper Collins
Forthcoming March 2016
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Harvard Business School Press
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Perseus/Basic Books

Selected Articles

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  • Chairman of Garten Rothkopf, a consulting firm which works with corporations and other institutions on long-term global strategies.


Aetna Corporation
CarMax, Inc.
Credit Suisse Asset Management (a number of mutual funds)
The International Rescue Committee
Miller Buckfire (Financial Restructuring Firm)

Former Boards

Standard & Poor's ("Board of Managers")
Calpine Energy, Inc.
Alcan, Inc.
The Conference Board
Toyota International Advisory Board

Military Service (1968-1972)

Lieutenant, 82nd Airborne Division
Captain, Aide-de-camp to the commanding general of the U.S. Special Forces
Advisor, Royal Thai Army