Skip to content


David A. Shore

  • Education

    Doctor of Philosophy, Education/Strategy, Southern Illinois University

PDP Instructor David Shore

David A. Shore, PhD, is a leading authority on managing change initiatives, innovation, strategic planning, and gaining competitive advantage. Throughout his career, he has worked to combine research, teaching, consulting, and writing to build constructive links between theory and practice. He serves as an instructor at Harvard Extension School. He is the former distinguished professor of innovation and change at Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (China) and is anadjunct professor of organizational development and change at the School of Business, University of Monterrey (Mexico). Shore is a faculty member of The Governance Institute. He has served on and chaired numerous boards and committees and is a founding member of McKinsey & Company’s External Implementation Advisory Board which has a primary focus on operationalizing strategy for transformational change. Shore served as an expert advisor to the George W. Bush Presidential Center on their Effective Implementation Framework. Between 2019 and 2021, he served as senior consultant on innovation at the United Nations. He has held visiting professorships, including in Amsterdam, Santiago, and Shanghai, and consulted on six continents.

Previously, Shore spent two decades at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he served as associate dean. He founded and directed the School’s Forces of Change Program, Trust Initiative, and Certificate Program on Launching and Leading Successful Change Initiatives. His books include Launching and Leading Successful Change Initiatives in Health Care Organizations (Jossey-Bass); Forces of Change: New Strategies for the Evolving Health Care Marketplace (Jossey-Bass); and High Stakes: The Critical Role of Stakeholders in Health Care (Oxford University Press). He has also written one book on trust and edited a second. He has been recognized as a Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America — Trust Around the World. He has also been recognized multiple times for distinguished teaching performance by Harvard Extension School. Shore was chosen to deliver two Harvard Lectures That Last (Harvard’s version of a TED Talk) and a TEDx Talk.

Never known to simply “admire the problem,” beyond intellectually stimulating, Shore provides executable advice, inspiring leaders and organizations to gain a unique and adaptable competitive advantage.

Programs David Teaches

Strategies for Leading Successful Change Initiatives: Mastery Session
Beyond Strategic Planning: From Implementation to Sustainment