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Lessons in Leadership: Robert D. Blackwell Drives Operational Performance in IT

Can’t view this video? Click here to open in new window. Robert D. Blackwell, Sr., is chairman and chief executive officer of Blackwell Consulting Services. As a former managing director of IBM’s Chicago Consulting Services Business, Blackwell has more than 35 years of computer industry expertise. He sits down with Kevin Groves, assistant professor of … Continued

Peter Drucker, Masatoshi Ito, and In-N-Out Burger

November 19th is management pioneer (now deceased) Peter Drucker’s 100th birthday. To celebrate the life and teachings of this remarkable man, the Drucker Institute hosted a weeklong event, Drucker Week, featuring some of the most respected business academicians (a paradox?) of the world at Claremont University. Ken Blanchard (author of The One-Minute Manager and Know Can … Continued

The Art of Strategy During a Recession

Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch or you can read the transcript. In this video interview, Kurt K. Motamedi, PhD, Professor of Strategy and Leadership at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, discusses strategy, strategy execution, leadership styles (including neurotic managers and their impact), keeping employees motivated, and the shift away … Continued

What’s on Your NOT-To-Do List?

Can’t see the above video? Click here to watch or you can read the transcript. In this video interview, Matthew May, supporting faculty at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, and author of the recently released book, In Pursuit of Elegance:Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing, discusses the four principles of elegance: symmetry, … Continued

Values-Centered Leaders More Successful in the Long Term

Can’t see the above video? Click here to watch or you can read the transcript. In this video interview, Kevin S. Groves, PhD, Assistant Professor of Organizational Theory and Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, discusses his research on executive development and succession planning, managerial thinking styles, social and emotional intelligence, and … Continued

Impressions from the 2009 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting

On May 2nd, the world gathered in Omaha, Nebraska to listen to Warren Buffet at the 2009 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting. We tried to parse the future from his words, and wondered if this was the most optimistic that Charlie (Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Corporation) has ever been. Some hailed the new format as … Continued

Putting the Heart Back into Business

This post first appeared in BizDean Talk and is reprinted with their permission. A prominent hedge-fund manager pleads guilty for running a scam with worldwide investor losses as high as $50 billion. A Texas billionaire is accused of conducting an $8 billion investment fraud. A major assisted living operator and its founder are accused of … Continued

Winter 2009 GBR Issue Now Live

Read the latest issue of the GBR online at http://gbr.pepperdine.edu/091/ In this issue: Recognizing Organizational Culture in Managing Change Structural changes can serve as the initial intervention for shifting culture. Mark Mallinger, PhD, Don Goodwin, MBA, and Tetsuya O’Hara, MBA The Successful Expatriate Leader in China Expatriate managers must consider the cultural dimensions of leadership. … Continued

What Price Neurotic Managers?

  Managers are critical resources for national and global economic and social prosperity. They play a significant role in setting direction, executing strategies, and creating success. Their styles, along with their other competencies, impact the productivity and well-being of their employees, peers, superiors, and consequently firms.     Our observations lead us to categorize four … Continued