Donald C. Hambrick



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Don Hambrick is Evan Pugh University Professor and the Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business, at The Pennsylvania State University. He is also Bronfman Professor Emeritus, Graudate School of Business, Columbia University. He holds degrees from the University of Colorado (B.S.), Harvard University (M.B.A.), and The Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.).

An internationally recognized management scholar, Don is the author of numerous articles and books on strategy formulation, strategy implementation, executive psychology, executive staffing and incentives, the composition and processes of top management teams, and corporate governance. His book, Navigating Change: How CEOs, Top Teams, and Boards Steer Transformation, presents leading-edge thinking for executives who are embarking on corporate change initiatives. Another book, Strategic Leadership: Theory and Research on Executives, Top Management Teams, and Boards, is extensively used by scholars of executive leadership.

Don has received an array of major professional awards. The Academy of Management, the leading worldwide society of management scholars, has given Don its two highest lifetime achievement prizes: the Distinguished Scholar Award (2008) and the Distinguished Educator Award (2009). Additionally, he served as President of the Academy of Management (1992-93) and as Dean of the Fellows of the Academy (2008-11). He has received three honorary doctorates: the University of Paris (Panthéon-Assas) (Sorbonne) (2010), University of Antwerp (2013), and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) (2013). Don also has won numerous teaching awards both at Columbia and Penn State.

Don is also an active consultant and instructor in corporate executive education programs. His recent clients have included IBM, GE, Pearson, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Merck, SunLife Financial, FISERV, Vertafore, the New York Times, ThomsonReuters, and McKinsey.


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