Richard H.K. Vietor is the Senator John Heinz Professor of Environmental Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and Senior Associate for the Asian Initiative. He teaches courses on the international political economy. He received a B.A. in economics from Union College (1967), an M.A. in history from Hofstra University (1971), and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pittsburgh (1975).
Before coming to the Business School in 1978, Professor Vietor held faculty appointments at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Missouri at Columbia. He is the recipient of the Newcomen Award in business history and served as President of the Business History Conference in 1993-94.
Professor Vietor’s research on business and government policy has been published in numerous journals and books. His books includeEnvironmental Politics and the Coal Coalition (1980), Energy Policy in America Since 1945 (1984), Telecommunications in Transition(1986), Strategic Management in the Regulated Environment (1989), Contrived Competition: Regulation and Deregulation in America(1994), Business Management and the Natural Environment (1996), Globalization and Growth: Case Studies in National Economic Strategies (2004), Environmental Protection and the Social Responsibility of Firms (eds. With Bruce Hay and Robert Stavins)(2007), andHow Countries Compete (2007).
For his courses in business-government relations and environmental management, Professor Vietor has published more than eighty case studies on energy policy, the regulation of natural gas, nuclear power and hazardous wastes; on strategy and deregulation in airlines, railroads, telecommunications, and financial services; and on the national development strategies of a dozen countries. He has been a consultant to the Hudson Institute and the Energy Research and Development Administration, serves on the Advisory Boards of IPADE (in Mexico), IESE (in Spain), and INALDE (in Columbia), on the Editorial Board of the Business History Review, the board of the Luigi Gerardo Napolitano Society, and several firms. He is a consultant to several corporations and to the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Professor Vietor and his wife Cindy have three adult children — Nicholas, Christopher, and Meredith.