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Timothy Habbershon

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: Entrepreneurship


Dr. Timothy Habbershon is adjunct professor in family enterprising within the entrepreneurship division of Babson College. He is a Managing Director at Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Dr. Habbershon reports to the Chairman's Office and is involved in matters of organizational design and development, and succession planning for the company. He is also a coach to senior executives and teams. Prior to joining Fidelity in 2006, Dr. Habbershon was the founding director of the Institute for Family Enterprising at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and assistant professor of Entrepreneurship, holding the President's Term Chair in Family Enterprising. While at Babson, he developed an emphasis on family-based entrepreneurship called Transgenerational Entrepreneurship. Additionally, Dr. Habbershon was a founding partner in The TELOS Group, a consulting firm that specializes in transition and strategy consultations to large family firms worldwide. Dr. Habbershon is also the founding director of family business programs in the Snider Entrepreneurship Center at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in the Freeman Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship in the School of Business at the University of South Dakota. He has conducted Executive Education programs to family ownership and management teams on entrepreneurial strategy and relationship issues through universities worldwide. Dr. Habbershon has written a number of academic articles that have appeared in journals such as The Journal for Business Venturing, the Family Business Review and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice. He has a regular column – "Family Business Inc." – in BusinessWeek's Small Biz magazine, and has been cited in The Financial Times, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Dr. Habbershon received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Grove City College, a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and an MBA and a doctorate degree in adult education from the University of South Dakota.​

Academic Degrees

  • EDD, University of South Dakota, School of Education
  • MBA, University of South Dakota
  • M.Div., Godron-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • BA, Grove City College

Academic Interest / Expertise

Entrepreneurship; Family Business; Succession in Business


  • Degree Courses 2023

  • Degree Courses 2022