Michel Anteby is an Associate Professor in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. He has taught in the School's master, doctoral, and executive programs, most recently the second-year master's elective "Managing Human Capital" course and the "Design of Field Research Methods" doctoral seminar.
His research looks at how individuals relate to their work, their occupations, and the organizations they belong to. He examines more specifically how the practices people engage in at work help them sustain their chosen cultures or identities. In doing so, his research contributes to a better understanding of how these cultures and identities come to be and manifest themselves. Of particular interest to him are issues of moral cultures and identities. This explains why he tends to study socially disapproved behaviors, such as factory workers’ illegal use of company property and the commerce in human cadavers for medical education or research. Field settings for these and other inquiries have included aeronautics factory workshops, airport security teams, higher education institutions, and whole-body donation programs.
Michel is the author of Manufacturing Morals: The Values of Silence in Business School Education (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and of Moral Gray Zones (Princeton University Press, 2008) and his work has appeared, for instance, in the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Ethnography, Organization Science, Social Science & Medicine, and Sociologie du Travail. Michel received the 2010 EGOS Best Paper award, NYU's Herman E. Krooss outstanding dissertation award, the David M. Graifman Memorial award, the Donald and Valerie Ruth Honerkamp fellowship. He is a member of Administrative Science Quarterly’s and Organization Science's editorial boards.
He earned a joint Ph.D. in management from New York University and in sociology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris). He holds a M.A. in economics from the Sorbonne and a M.P.A. from Harvard. He grew up in France, previously worked as a consultant (focusing on labor issues), and remains affiliated as a Research Fellow with the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations in Paris. He also serves on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth to help schools develop cultures that allow all youth to thrive.