Professor Profiles: Youngme Moon, Harvard Business School

Many MBA applicants feel that they are purchasing a brand when they choose a school to attend, but the educational experience you will have is what 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 Youngme Moon from Harvard Business School (HBS).

Youngme MoonHaving received the HBS Faculty Award for teaching excellence (voted on by students) from the first-year (aka RC) class in 2002 and the Faculty Award from the second-year (aka EC) class in 2005 and 2007, Youngme Moon is also the inaugural recipient of the 2002–2003 Hellman Faculty Fellowship for distinction in research. Her work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Moon’s 2010 book Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd (Crown Business) is described on her Web site as showing “how to succeed in a world where conformity reigns … but exceptions rule.” Students told mbaMission they enjoy Moon’s “Consumer Marketing” class because of the sometimes counterintuitive ideas she presents in it, including explanations of “hostile brands” such as Harley Davidson and of IKEA’s “reverse positioning,” as well as discussions of innovative marketing models, such as (Product)Red and BMW Films. She was also described as being extremely friendly and accessible, even going out for casual dinners with students.

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