• Before Day One, WhiteStar Graphics, Inc. (2018)
  • From Day One: CEO Advice to Launch an Extraordinary Career, Pearson Prentice-Hall, (2005)
  • Creative Collective Bargaining, Prentice-Hall (1965), co-authored with J. Henderson, E Hintz, Jr., J Jarrett, and R. Marbut


Professional Experience

  • Northwestern University: Dept. of Industrial Engg. & Management Sciences, Professor | 1998-present
  • Northwestern University: Kellogg School of Business, Courtesy Appointment | 2013-present
  • University of Virginia Darden School of Business: Visiting Professor | 2000-2001
  • University of Chicago Business School: Regular Visiting Lecturer | 2000-2004


  • McCormick Professor of the Year | 2001
  • Alumni Association Outstanding University Professor | 2004
  • Student Government Association, recognized as outstanding professor | 2008, 2005, 2000
  • Kellogg School of Management Impact Professor | 2017, 2016


  • MBA. (1963) | Harvard University; Major: General Management
  • B.S.I.E. (1961) | Northwestern University; Major: Industrial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Behavioral habits of top management business executives
  • Executive transitions

Business Executive

Corporate Experience

  • Bell & Howell Company, Skokie, IL. Chairman/CEO (1990-1998)
  • WhiteStar Enterprises, Chicago, IL. Chairman/CEO (1988-1992)
  • USG Corporation, Chicago, IL. Executive VP (1984-1988)
  • Masonite Corporation, Chicago, IL. President (1981-1984)
  • Mead Corporation, Dayton. OH. Group VP (1974-1981)
  • Hart Marx Corporation, Chicago, IL. Corporate VP Mfg. (1963-1974)

Prior Corporate Board Memberships

  • Director of National Association of Corporate Directors, Washington, DC
  • Director of the Harris Bank Corporation (BMO), Chicago, IL
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Context Media Company, Chicago, IL
  • Director of Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. Pleasantville, NY
  • Director of Intermatic Company, Spring Grove, IL
  • Non-Executive Chairman of Forest One Inc., Schaumberg, IL
  • Director of Packaging Dynamics, Chicago, IL
  • Director of Material Sciences Corporation, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Governor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Chicago, IL

Community Activities

  • Life Director: NorthShore University Healthcare System, Evanston, IL
  • Life Trustee: Northwestern University, Evanston , IL
  • Life Director: Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Past Director: Fund for Educational Advancement at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL
  • Past Board member of the American Cancer Association, Atlanta, GA