Jane Wei-Skillern

Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Professor Wei-Skillern's research focuses on the leadership and management of social enterprises. She has examined the topics of nonprofit growth and management of multi-site nonprofits, and for nearly a decade, has been focused on nonprofit networks. Her research on nonprofit networks examines how nonprofit leaders that focus less on building their own institutions and instead invest to build strategic networks beyond their organizational boundaries can achieve dramatic gains in mission impact with the same or fewer resources. Some of her pioneering research on nonprofit networks has been published in Stanford Social Innovation Review (The Networked Nonprofit, Spring 2008).
She has taught social entrepreneurship and nonprofit strategy to MBAs and executives for more than a decade.


Jane Wei-Skillern is a Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Associate Adjunct Professor in Organizational Behavior at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. From 2001-2008, she was an Assistant Professor in the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School. She taught social entrepreneurship and nonprofit strategy courses in MBA and Executive programs at HBS, and the MPA program at the Kennedy School of Government. At the GSB she will be teaching an MBA elective, Social Entrepreneurship, which explores how to make a difference in the world through leadership and social innovation in organizations and through networks.

Jane Wei-Skillern is the author and co-author of dozens of HBS case studies, book chapters, and journal articles. She is the lead author of the casebook Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector (Sage Publications, 2007) with colleagues Jim Austin, Herman Leonard, and Howard Stevenson.

Jane Wei-Skillern earned a BS in business from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, an MA in business research, and a PhD in organizational behavior, both from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Academic Degrees

PhD, Stanford University, 2000; MA, Stanford University, 1996; BS, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, University of California at Berkeley, 1995.

Professional Experience

Lecturer in Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business, presently; Visiting Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, presently; Assistant Professor, General Management Unit and Social Enterprise Group, Harvard Business School, 2001-2008; Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, London Business School, 2000-2001.

Selected Publications

  • Entrepreneurship in the Social Sector: Sage Publications, 2007
  • "The Networked Nonprofit": Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2008
  • "Social Entrepreneurship and Commercial Entrepreneurship: Same, Different, or Both?": Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, 2006
  • "The Evolution of Shell's Stakeholder Approach: A Case Study": Business Ethics Quarterly, 2004
  • "Scaling Social Impact": Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2004