Bio: Donald Hambrick joined Penn State University in the fall of 2002 as a chaired professor. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, he served as the Samuel Bronfman Professor of Democratic Business Enterprise at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, where he taught strategy, top management processes, and executive leadership for 23 years. He won all three of the school’s honors for teaching in the M.B.A. Program, the M.B.A. core, and the Executive M.B.A. Program. Professor Hambrick is an active consultant and instructor in corporate executive-education programs whose recent clients have included Pfizer, IBM, General Electric, ARAMARK, PepsiCo, the New York Times, and Dow Jones.
An internationally recognized scholar in the field of top management, he has written extensively on strategy formulation, strategy implementation, executive staffing and incentives, and the composition and processes of top management teams. His works include: “Top Management Teams: Key to Strategic Success,” which won the award for best article in California Management Review. His book Strategic Leadership: Top Executives and Their Effects on Organizations is extensively used by scholars of executive leadership, while his widely noted global study of executive leadership is included in Reinventing the CEO. He is also an acknowledged leader in his field, serving as President of the prestigious Academy of Management from 1992 to 1993. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society and on the editorial boards of almost all the major scholarly journals in his field.
He holds a Ph.D. in organizational strategy and policy from Penn State University. His M.B.A. in marketing and planning/control is from Harvard Business School, and his B.S. in finance is from the University of Colorado.
Expertise: Strategy and Economic Rationality
Publications & NewsBook:
Strategic Leadership: Top Executives and Their Effects on Organizations