Professor Profiles: Margaret Neale, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose which business school to attend, but the educational experience itself is crucial to your future, and no one will affect your education more than your professors. Each Wednesday, we profile a standout professor as identified by students. Today, we focus on Margaret Neale from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB).

One former GSB student described Margaret (Maggie) Neale (“Managing Groups and Teams,” “Conflict Management and Negotiation” and “Negotiations”) to us at mbaMission as “somewhat intimidating,” but quickly followed with “I love her teaching style! She pushes each student way out of their comfort zone to make them a better negotiator using whatever style is appropriate for the situation.” Neale’s research is based on the psychology of conflict and negotiation. She was the Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow for 2009–2010 and now serves as faculty director of two of Stanford University’s executive programs—Influence and Negotiation Strategies, Managing Teams for Innovation and Success—and codirector of the Executive Program for Women Leaders. In 2011, she became the first woman to receive the Robert T. Davis Award for lifetime achievement by a faculty member as chosen by the business school deans. A first year described Neale to mbaMission as “wonderful, legendary,” adding, “She’s been around the Stanford community for a long time. She is very popular, engaging, and friendly. If you have the opportunity to take a class with her, you should. But be warned, her classes are oversubscribed.” To hear a 62-minute podcast by Neale on the topic of “Nonprofit Management and Negotiation,” sponsored by the Stanford Innovation Review, visit

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