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Brian Hanssen

Brian Hanssen

Joined Stern 2009

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 3-147
New York, NY 10012



Brian Hanssen joined New York University’s Stern School of Business as an adjunct professor in 2009 and has been a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management Communication since 2015. He holds a joint appointment with NYU Shanghai, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Business. Professor Hanssen also runs a non-profit organization, Social Impact Scholars and consults regularly in the private sector.

Prior to teaching in both the undergraduate and MBA programs at NYU Stern / NYU Shanghai, Brian 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 OD (organizational development), 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 / 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 holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and Columbia University. His academic interests focus on how mission-driven small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) communicate their social impact initiatives.

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