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Management Strategy Scholar Don Hambrick comes to Campus

iORB's Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program kicks off third year

January 08, 2019
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Renowned management scholar, expert on elite executive behavior and advocate for young researchers, Donald C. Hambrick will be the first speaker in the 2019 Distinguished Visiting Fellows program, a series launched by the Institute for Outlier Research (iORB) at the USC Marshall School of Business.

The Evan Pugh University Professor & Smeal Chaired Professor of Management at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University, Hambrick is internationally recognized for his contributions to the discipline of management, particularly management strategy. His book, Strategic Leadership: Theory and Research on Executives, Top Management Teams, and Boards (Oxford University Press, 2009) is among the most-cited works in the field. He is also known for Navigating Change: How CEOs, Top Teams, and Boards Steer Transformation, co-authored with David A. Nadler.

"The Marshall School has long been known for its pivotal contributions to our understanding of executive leadership, so I’m delighted to have a chance to visit with all these scholars I greatly admire.” -- Donald C. Hambrick, the Evan Pugh University Professor & Smeal Chaired Professor of Management at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University

“Don is legendary in the field of corporate strategy,” said Tom Cummings, professor of Management and Organization at USC Marshall. “He has been president of the Academy of Management, contributed to numerous editorial boards and probably advised more successful Ph.D. students than most scholars. We are honored to have him visit campus.”

Hambrick will spend a week at USC, meeting with students and faculty, leading discussions, and participating in campus events. His visit will conclude with a campus-wide talk on Friday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. in Popovich Hall, room 112. He will discuss “Theory and Research on Strategic Leadership: Where from Here?”

“When I got the invitation to visit USC, I was deeply honored,” said Hambrick. “The Marshall School has long been known for its pivotal contributions to our understanding of executive leadership, so I’m delighted to have a chance to visit with all these scholars I greatly admire.”

In addition to the Distinguished Visiting Fellows Program, iORB supports funding both advanced, innovative research and cross-disciplinary conferences. “Our goal,” said Gareth James, Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration, professor of Data sciences and Operations and founding director of iORB, “is to further research that’s bold, non-traditional, entrepreneurial and poised to advance the ways we think in business. Don speaks to these aims through scholarship, teaching and industry leadership. I’m grateful to Tom Cummings for recommending him and serving as his host, and to Don for helping us kick off our third year of this successful series.”

Visit the iORB website for more information.