George Serafeim: Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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George Serafeim is the Jakurski Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA and doctoral programs, chaired Executive Education programs, authored more than 100 articles and business cases, and presented his research in more than 100 conferences and seminars. He has spoken at major events in over 60 countries around the world. Professor Serafeim's research interests are international, focusing on corporate valuation, governance and reporting issues.

His work has been published in the most prestigious academic and practitioner journals such as the The Accounting Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, Financial Analysts Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, and Harvard Business Review. His research is regularly cited in media outlets including The New York Times, Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Economist, The Guardian, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and NPR.

He earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research. He received a master's degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded the Emeritus Professors' Prize for best academic performance.

What do you do best?

I am not sure I do anything best compared to everybody else but I do many things the best that I can conditional on my skills and talent. This applies to whatever I decide to pursue as long as it has nothing to do with art. I am completely incompetent when it comes to activities such as painting or singing.

What makes you the best?

Relentless persistence. I won't give up. It might take a 100 years but I will win.

What are your aspirations?

Contributing to a more inclusive and sustainable society. This is what my research and most of my work is about. Why business can and should play a role in this. And then how.

Biggest Success?

It has not come yet. Ask me again in ten years. I can tell you right now though it will be big.

Most Challenging Moment?

So far when I moved from London to Boston. It was really difficult for a couple of years. I was so far away from all the people that mattered to me. Plus doctoral studies at Harvard were hard. I was just sitting there with all these super smart people and I was wondering who made the admissions mistake and I ended up here.

Favorite Motto?

"Earned not given."

Favorite People?

My parents, my sister and my really close friends. I would not change them for anyone or anything. I am fortunate to have them in my life. 

Favorite Places?

Miami, London, New York, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Barcelona. Of course Boston, where I live now, and Athens where I grew up.

Favorite Products?

All products are expendable. How can I have a favorite? You can have favorite people not favorite products.

Current Passions?

I am always working out at the gym. Working out is a huge passion of mine. Healthy mind in a healthy body as my ancient ancestors used to say. Research and discovery of new ideas in my field of research is another huge passion. I know I am a nerd. Also, meeting new people especially from different cultures and learning from them is another passion of mine.