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Brian Hanssen

Brian Hanssen

Joined Stern 2009

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 3-103
New York, NY 10012



Brian Hanssen is Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Communication. He joined New York University Stern School of Business as an adjunct professor in 2009 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management Communication from 2015-2019. He holds a joint appointment with NYU Shanghai, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business.

His academic interests focus on how mission-driven small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) communicate their social impact initiatives.

Prior to teaching in both the undergraduate and MBA programs at NYU Stern and NYU Shanghai, Professor Hanssen held a global management position at Intralinks, a leading technology provider of secure collaboration solutions. He is also a former management consultant in the field of organizational development (OD), specializing in the effective corporate communication of large-scale change initiatives. His experiences encompass organizational restructuring, system-wide IT implementations, learning management and the development of social impact and corporate shared-value programs across the globe. Past clients include UBS, General Electric, Citi, Total Oil and the Republic of Kenya. He also worked in the non-profit sector as the assistant director of Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) and was a high school administrator and teacher in Los Angeles.

Professor Hanssen also runs a non-profit organization, Social Impact Scholars, and consults regularly in the private sector.

Professor Hanssen holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and Columbia University.

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Organizational Communication (NYU Shanghai)
  • Business and its Publics
  • Business Communication
  • Leadership Practicum (NYU Shanghai)
  • Managerial Skills (NYU Shanghai)
  • Organizational Communication and its Social Context