Dr. Harrington is the Executive Director of the Boston College Center for Work & Family (CWF) and a research professor in the Carroll School of Management. The Center for Work & Family is the country’s leading university-based research center focused on helping employers in their efforts to improve the lives of working people and their families. It has more than 100 corporate members including many of the world’s most progressive and well respected employers.
Prior to his arrival at Boston College, Dr. Harrington was an executive with Hewlett-Packard Company for twenty years. He served in a wide range of global leadership assignments in the US and Europe. His roles included Global Director of Management and Organization Development, Chief Quality Officer and Member of the Executive Committee for HP's Medical Products Business, Quality and Learning Director for Hewlett-Packard United Kingdom, Ltd., and a range of human resource management positions. Brad began his career in the public sector as a vocational counselor for the Department of Labor.
Dr. Harrington’s research and teaching focuses on career management and work-life integration, the changing role of fathers, contemporary workforce management strategies and the leadership of organizational change. He is a frequent keynote speaker at professional conferences and has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and research reports. Along with Professor Douglas T. Hall of Boston University, he is the author of Career Management and Work/Life Integration: Using Self-Assessment to Navigate Contemporary Careers (Sage, 2007). He has also been the principal investigator on three major studies on how fathers manage their career and parenting responsibilities. He is lead author of The New Dad: A Work (and Life) in Progress (2013), The New Dad: Right at Home (2012), The New Dad: Caring, Committed and Conflicted (2011), and The New Dad: Exploring Fathers in a Career Context (2010). Brad’s research has been cited by many major media outlets including the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post as well as the national newspapers of China, India and Brazil. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, and a number of National Public Radio outlets to discuss his work. In addition to his role at the University, Brad serves on the advisory board of the International Centre of Work and Family at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Dr. Harrington has consulted with many major employers in the areas of strategic planning, organizational change, career management, and innovative human resource strategies. His clients have included, for example, Boston Scientific, Dow, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Levi-Strauss, Merck, Phillips, and Sodexo, He has also conducted executive education programs in more than 20 countries.
Brad holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Stonehill College, a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and a Doctorate in Human Resource Development from Boston University. He is married to Dr. Anne Soisson, Associate Director of the Center for Learning & Teaching at Tufts University, and they are the proud parents of Maggie (18), Hannah (16), and Dillon (13).
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