Stefanie Lenway is a worldwide leader in competitive strategy for business education with a proven track record in driving organizational change and strategy implementation based on a robust competitive strategy. In each of her leadership roles as dean of the business school in University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan State University, and starting August 1, the University of St. Thomas, she brings strategic focus, financial discipline, and administrative efficiencies in support of the academic mission thereby freeing up resources for teaching and research.
As a Professor of Corporate Strategy and International Business, Stefanie brings 30 years of research in the politics of international trade policy, multinational competitive strategy, and global technology innovation. She co-founded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation flat panel display research team in 1994 and designed the research protocols for a 10 year study of the evolution of the global liquid crystal display (LCD) industry from small screens for watches and calculators to the commercialization of the 42" LCD TV in 2004. Stanford University Press published the book, Managing New Industry Creation, which documents how equipment and materials producers worked closely with display manufacturers drawing knowledge from around the world to create a competitive flat panel display industry that quickly displaced the cathode ray tube. This research provides insights into the competitive dynamics of strategic alliances for operational growth, the strategic importance of innovation in the global supply chain, and the need for global knowledge creation in the development and commercialization of new technologies.
Stefanie has drawn on this research in her role as Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business, which is primarily known for its top ranked Supply Chain Management programs. Her leadership of the Broad College has been characterized by an integrated approach to global value chain management drawing upon the college's legacy of integration across procurement, operations, and logistics. Under her leadership, the Broad College launched one of the early Master's programs in Business Analytics and made team leadership a strategic priority.
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Corporate leaders consistently emphasize the importance of ethics and integrity in the workplace. Yet, they are concerned that business schools are not graduating students with the depth of understanding nor educational experiences necessary to recognize and address complex ethical situations when they arise. Click here to more details about the conference.