John Edwardson Faculty Director, Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, and Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance
Chicago Booth

Robert H. Gertner

Robert H. Gertner is the John Edwardson Faculty Director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at Chicago Booth and Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance. Gertner has been on the Booth faculty since 1986, with research interests including strategic decision-making, corporate finance, organization structure, theory of the firm, and social enterprises.

He has published papers in numerous scholarly journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and the Yale Law Journal. He is co-author, with colleagues Douglas Baird and Randy Picker, of Game Theory and the Law. Gertner teaches courses in strategic decision-making, entrepreneurial strategy, and social entrepreneurship.

Gertner received a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics and was a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held visiting positions at CEPREMAP in Paris, Cornell Law School, The University of Chicago Law School, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Gertner is a trustee of the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, a national organization devoted to large-scale social research in public interest. He is also a board member of the Interfaith Youth Core, and a member of the Evaluation Advisory Council of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

He received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University in 1981 and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. Prior to MIT, he worked as a consultant for AT&T.

Robert H. Gertner will participate in “Keys to Evolving Your Board: Driving Long-Term Success.”