Global leader in business education honoured

September 4, 2013

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One of the leading lights of business and management education will be honoured by Murdoch University.

Professor Howard Thomas will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Murdoch University at its graduation ceremony on 5 September.

Professor Howard Thomas has had a distinguished, international career in business and management education, spanning almost 50 years.

The author of more than 30 books and 200 articles, Professor Thomas has been a global leader in strategic management research.

He is one of the most highly cited scholars in his field, with impressive listings on the ISI Web of Science and in scholarly analyses in the prestigious Strategic Management Journal. His research in strategic groups in the 1980s, led to the development of an analytical technique that is widely used by strategists today.

Murdoch University’s Dean of the School of Management and Governance Professor Peter McKiernan said Professor Thomas had transformed business schools around the world.

“He is the first business school academic to head major schools on three continents and he has contributed to the major strategic repositioning of Murdoch’s School of Management and Governance,” Professor McKiernan said.

“However, it is Professor Thomas’s character that sets him apart from his peers, with his support of young academics.

“Through his stewardship, many of his fresh-faced PhD students are found now in senior positions at business schools around the globe.”

Professor Thomas is currently the LKCSB Distinguished Chair of Strategic Management and Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business at the Singapore Management University.

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