Irv Grousbeck is one of the directors of the Business School’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and coauthor of the textbook New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur. His teaching centers on an objective means to develop a greater understanding of the issues faced by entrepreneurial companies and individuals. His course, Managing Growing Enterprises, places students in the role of CEO and challenges them to deal with difficult managerial situations by assessment, prescription, and execution, including frequent role-plays.
With a partner, Grousbeck founded Continental Cablevision (later Media One) in 1964. He was President of that company through 1980, and Chairman through 1985. He was a Visiting Lecturer and then Lecturer at Harvard Business School from 1981-85. He became a Visiting Lecturer at Stanford in 1985, a Lecturer in 1986, and a Consulting Professor in 1996.
Grousbeck has served on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit Boards over the past 37 years, including (currently) Alta Colleges, Asurion Corp., ResponseLink, and the Boston Celtics. He was a Trustee of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, Chairman and President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Sponsors of New England Eye Bank, Overseer of Children's Hospital (Boston), and Chairman of Menlo School and College. He is a principal owner of the Boston Celtics.
He holds an MBA from Harvard University, and Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Humane Letters (Hon.) degrees from Amherst College.more » « less