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Arch GA 50.30.1

McFarlan, F. Warren (Franklin Warren). F. Warren McFarlan Papers, 1965-2009: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Arch GA 50.30.1
Repository: Baker Library Historical Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: F. Warren McFarlan
Title: F. Warren McFarlan papers
Date(s): 1965-2009
Quantity: 6 linear feet (14 boxes)
Quantity: 608 Megabytes (3,114 files from 1 hard drive)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection includes papers of Harvard Business School professor F. Warren McFarlan documenting his research, teaching, and professional activities.


The F. Warren McFarlan Papers were received by Baker Library as a gift from F. Warren McFarlan in December 1993 and July 2009 (A-93-56 and A-10-01).

Processing Information:

Processed: February 2016
By: Keith Pendergrass
Digital content on physical storage media has been extracted. Files were surveyed, screened for privacy and confidentiality concerns, and transferred to secure storage. Content open for research is described at the series and folder levels below.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.
Researchers must register and provide valid photo identification before using this collection.
Materials stored onsite. Please contact histcollref@hbs.edu for more information.
Restricted material has been identified and separated. Note that box and folder lists of restricted material have been redacted.
Digital use copies in this collection can be accessed only onsite in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room. To request access please contact histcollref@hbs.edu prior to visiting the library.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: F. Warren McFarlan Papers, 1965-2009. HBS Archives. Baker Library. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

F. Warren McFarlan (AB 1959, MBA 1961, DBA 1965), Albert H. Gordon Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, and a Baker Foundation Professor, began teaching at Harvard Business School (HBS) after receiving his Doctorate of Business Administration from HBS in 1965. Throughout his career, he had a significant role in expanding the offerings in Executive Education and adding to course material on information technology and information systems across all levels of teaching at the School. In 1973, upon appointment to full professor, McFarlan and four other faculty members developed the School's International Senior Management Program. McFarlan was active in course development and teaching of several Executive Education Advanced Management Program courses, such as the International Senior Managers Program, the Delivering Information Services Program, and several Social Sector programs. He also introduced materials on Management Information Systems to all teaching programs of the School. McFarlan's research focused on information technology, information systems, non-profit governance, and technology in China.
McFarlan held multiple administrative roles at HBS. From 1975-1978 he was Chairman of the Advanced Management Program, from 1977-1980 he was Chairman of Executive Education Programs, from 1991-1995 he was Senior Associate Dean and Director of Research, from 1995-2000 he was Senior Associate Dean and Director of External Relations, and from 1999-2004 he was Senior Associate Dean and Director of Asia Pacific. In these roles, he helped to advance Executive Education offerings, grow the School's presence in Asia, organize the HBS Centennial Business Summit in 2008, and conduct strategic planning of computing needs at HBS for students and faculty in the 1980s.
In addition to his course development, teaching, and administrative roles at HBS, McFarlan was active on the boards of non-profits, especially in education and healthcare, throughout his career. McFarlan also held the appointment of Guest Professor and Co-Director of Case Development at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The collection documents the career and research of F. Warren McFarlan, starting with the completion of his Doctorate of Business Administration in 1965 and joining the HBS faculty as a full professor in 1973. Included in the collection are biographical and publicity material on McFarlan; articles collected by McFarlan for research; articles, book chapters, and cases written by McFarlan; and subject files kept by McFarlan. Also included is digital content from one hard drive. The materials relate to McFarlan's research and teaching interests of information technology, information systems, non-profit governance, and technology in China. The collection also documents McFarlan's administrative duties at HBS, such as advancing Executive Education offerings, growing the School's presence in Asia, and organizing the HBS Centennial Business Summit in 2008. Administrative materials include Executive Education course development files, planning files for the HBS Centennial Business Summit, material relating to Tsinghua University in China, and HBS computing planning for students and faculty from the 1980s.
Materials in the collection include article drafts, article reprints and copies, cases, case development material, case drafts, correspondence, event packets, newspaper clippings, photographs, presentations, printed interviews, research material, and writings.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Board of directors--United States.
Business consultants.
Business education.
Business history.
Case method.
Corporate governance.
Education--United States.
Hospital Care--United States.
Information technology--China.
Information technology--United States.
Management information systems.
Nonprofit organizations--United States.
Electronic documents.
McFarlan, F. Warren (Franklin Warren)
Harvard Business School. External Relations.
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration.
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration. Administration.
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration. Faculty.
Harvard University. Graduate School of Business Administration. Students.
Tsinghua University (Beijing, China).