We are proud to welcome Jay Barney, the country’s foremost expert on management strategy, to the David Eccles School of Business. Previously at Ohio State University for 18 years, Barney joins the school as the Presidential Professor of Strategic Management and as Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship. Barney’s hiring adds another top-tier educator to the David Eccles School of Business under the direction of Dean Randall.

headshot of Professor Jay BarneyBarney’s credentials are noteworthy: he is the most-cited strategic management scholar in the world, having been cited more than 50,000 times for his lifelong research on the relationship between firm skills and capabilities and sustained knowledge advantage, has published more than 100 of his own articles in books and journals including Management Science and the Sloan Management Review and has delivered scholarly papers at more than 70 universities around the globe, including the London Business School, Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of Business.

Barney recently published his sixth book, a novel called What I Didn’t Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World. He uses it in some of his classes as a fast, easy way to get know what business is really like (so buy a copy today!). Making sure students know the “real world” of business is one of Barney’s goals as an educator.

As mentioned, Barney is also being named the Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship. Under his leadership, David Eccles School of Business students will have the opportunity to participate in unique work experiences in impoverished countries around the world. For the past six years, Barney taught a class in international development and entrepreneurship, which culminated in a class trip to Bolivia or Peru. Bringing business and economics principles into these poverty-ridden nations, students had the opportunity to lend expertise to local small businesses and non-profit organizations. We’re very excited for Barney to continue this program at the David Eccles School of Business.

Barney also serves as a consultant focusing on implementing large-scale organizational change and strategic analysis. He’s consulted for HP, Texas Instruments, Arco and Koch Industries to name a few. He has also served on advisory boards for several privately held companies as well as on the board of directors for one publicly traded firm – Max & Erma’s Restaurants. (They’re not in Utah yet, unfortunately).

Prior to his time at Ohio State, Barney was on the faculty of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and on the faculty at Texas A&M. He received his master’s and doctorate from Yale University, and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. He has also taught in a variety of executive training programs at Ohio State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, the University of Michigan, and Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, as well as at several firms, including AEP, AT&T, Nationwide and McKinsey & Company.

Barney will move to Utah accompanied by his wife. He has three grown children, and eight grandchildren.

Welcome Professor Barney!

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