Batten Institute

William H. Newman [1909-2002]

Background

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Bio: One of the leading strategy thinkers and scholars of the past century, William Newman was Professor of Industry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School from 1939 to 1949, and Samuel Bronfman Professor of Democratic Business Enterprise at Columbia Business School from 1951 to 1978. As a pioneer of the field, he authored the first strategy textbook, initiated the flagship senior executive program at Columbia Business School, and served as a founding member of the Academy of Management. His numerous publications include The Process of Management; Managers for the Year 2000; Administrative Action; Strategy in Action; Strategy, Policy, and Central Management; and Strategy: A Multi-level, Integrative Approach.

Newman had extensive business experience throughout his career, including management consulting since 1938, experience directing companies such as Handy & Harman, Molecular Dialectics, and Richardson Scale Company, and serving as an assistant for James McKinsey at the McKinsey Corporation and at Marshall Fields. He served as President and Dean of the Fellows Group for the Academy of Management and was recognized many times for his lifetime contribution to this most influential professional organization in management.

Newman received his A.B. from Friends University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Expertise: New World Enterprise 

Appointment: 2002

Research

Fellowship Focus: During his Batten Fellowship, William Newman worked with faculty host Ming-Jer Chen on a journal article and a book with the working title New World Enterprise. The book will provide a conceptual foundation for a Batten-sponsored conference scheduled during the 2003-2004 academic year. Newman spent time mentoring Darden students, and he co-instructed several sessions of Professor Chen’s elective course, Bridging East-West Management Practices.

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