ICOA visiting professor will be awarded honorary doctor degree September 9.

Emeritus Professor Richard Max Burton of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina will give a distinguished speaker presentation September 8.

2016.08.21 | Michelle Nedergaard Buss

On September 9 Emeritus Professor Richard Max Burton of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina will be awarded an honorary doctorate by Aarhus University for his ground-breaking research.

Burton is one of the world’s leading experts on organisational design with a focus on organisational design and business strategy: the development and study of organisational structures and processes to achieve efficient coordinated planning and control, and implementation of organisational strategy for performance.

In the Festschrift published to mark the occasion of Burton’s 70th birthday, New Approaches to Organization Design, his colleagues and associates describe what a far-reaching and significant impact his research has had on the field of organisational design.

Burton has received numerous honours and awards throughout his career, and he has authored or edited over 110 publications. In addition, he has taught and developed a variety of courses in his field and served on the editorial boards of a wide range of well-respected journals.

Through his involvement in the UNIK project MINDLab, which includes researchers from Aarhus University, Burton has forged close ties to Aarhus University, and he has been a frequent guest at the university. Burton has also coached and inspired early career researchers all over the world, including PhD students at Aarhus BSS during his many visits to the university.

Burton has been affiliated with the research centre ICOA since it opened in 2011 and has served on the ICOA advisory board. From 2007 to 2012, Burton was honorary professor at Aarhus University.

The conferral of an honorary doctorate on Richard M Burton will strengthen the ties between Duke University and Aarhus University and provide a basis for further cooperation.

Distinguished Speaker Conference

On September 8 Burton will give a lecture on his theories and models in the field of organisational design and strategy, which have been applied all over the world for decades.

CV (highlights)

Education:

  • DBA Managerial Economics and Production, 1967 – University of Illinois, Urbana
  • MBA Finance, 1963 – University of Illinois, Urbana
  • BS Engineering Mechanics, 1961 – University of Illinois, Urbana

Academic positions:

  • Professor Emeritus of Strategy and Organization, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2013
  • Professor of Strategy and Organization, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1985-2013
  • Associate Professor of Business Administration, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1970-1985
  • Director of Hartman Fund, the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University 2005-2012
  • Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Duke University, courtesy appointment, 2004-2012
  • Professor of Management, European Institute of Advanced Study in Management, EIASM, Brussels, Belgium, 1999-2015 Honorary Professor of Management, University of Southern Denmark, 2002-2014
  • Honorary Professor of Management, Aarhus University, 2007-2012
  • Visiting Professor, École polytechnique, Paris, 2005
  • Visiting Professor, Institute d'administration des entreprises, Universite de droit, d'économie et des sciences d'Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Spring 1975, Academic year 1976-1977
  • Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Economics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, 1967-1970 Instructor in Industrial Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1965-1967

Field: Organisation theory with a focus on the choice of organisational design and strategy: the development and study of organisational structures and processes to achieve efficient coordinated planning and control; and implementation of organisational strategy for performance.

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