Dr. Harman "is one of the handful of pioneers who began the high-fidelity industry with the founding of Harman/Kardon, Inc. in 1952. Harman/Kardon grew into Harman International Industries, a Fortune 500 company.
"He is widely known for the Quality of Working Life programs he initiated at the Company's plants and especially so for the program at Bolivar, Tennessee (begun in 1969), which has become a model for such activities in American industry and a principal case study at business schools in the United States and abroad. For three years, Dr. Harman was President of Friends World College, a worldwide experimental Quaker college.
"He is the founder and an active member of the Program on Technology, Public Policy and Human Development at the John F. Kennedy of Government, Harvard University, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program at the same institution.
"Dr. Harman serves on the boards of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies (see Aspen Institute / Aspen Strategy Group), The Carter Center and the Public Agenda Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of the Leadership Institute of the University of Southern California. He is the co-author, with Daniel Yankelovich, of Starting With The People, published by Houghton Mifflin in June 1988, and the author of Mind Your Own Business, published by Currency/Doubleday in October 2003. Having served on the boards of numerous leading educational, public service and philanthropic organizations, Dr. Harman has been a trustee of the Martin Luther King Center for Social Change, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the National Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Dr. Harman serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of BENS (Business Executives for National Security) and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Public Agenda Foundation. He is a member of the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Council on Competitiveness. Dr. Harman is a Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences."
- Trustee, Freedom House
- Senior Trustee, California Institute of Technology 
- Carter Center: Founders and Board of Counselors
- Senior Mentor, Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship Program 
- Freedom House, "Biography", Accessed December 2006.