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Gerald Zaltman

Gerald Zaltman is the Joseph C. Wilson Professor of Business Administration Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a former member of the Executive Committee of Harvard University’s Mind, Brain, and Behaviour Interfaculty Initiative. He was previously Co-Director of The Mind of the Market Laboratory at HBS.

He is a co-founder and senior partner in the research based consulting firm of Olson Zaltman Associates whose clients include some of the world’s most respected firms and brands.  Professor Zaltman holds a Ph.D in sociology from The Johns Hopkins University, an M.B.A from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. in government from Bates College. Professor Zaltman held positions at Northwestern University and the University of Pittsburgh before joining Harvard University in 1991. His research interests focus on customer behaviour and marketing strategy.

Professor Zaltman is a consultant to corporations around the globe and frequent keynote speaker at major conferences. He holds three patents for market research tools including the patent on the use of neuroimaging in marketing. Another patent, ZMET, is used around the world by major firms and international agencies. It has been described by several writers as the most significant innovation in market research in more than two decades.

His awards include the American Marketing Association’s Richard D. Irwin Distinguished Marketing Educator Award in 1989, The Association for Consumer Research Distinguished Fellow Award in 1990, the Knowledge Utilization Society’s Thomas J. Kiresuk Award for Excellence in Scientific Research in 1992, the JAI Press Distinguished Scholar Award from the Society for Marketing Advances in 2000, the ARF Member Recognition Award in 2007, and in 2008 he will receive the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Buck Weaver Award sponsored by General Motors for outstanding work in bringing knowledge and practice together.