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Provost Seminar Series Examines Strategic Decision Failures

April 19, 2004

WALTHAM, Mass.- As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society more generally, the 2003-2004 Provost Seminar Series at Bentley continues with a lecture by Dr. Andre Delbecq entitled "Exploring Strategic Decision Failures: Overlaying Insights from Spiritual/Wisdom Traditions on Contemporary Decision Theory." An expert in organizational leadership, Delbecq is among several internationally recognized professionals and researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics for scholars and practitioners dedicated to a transdisciplinary treatment of key issues in the modern world. The seminar will be held on May 7 in the LaCava Campus Center at Bentley. The program is free and open to the public.

"Current studies show that more than half the time strategic decision making efforts within corporations fail," said Dr. Delbecq. "Recently a dialog has taken place between theologians, technology executives from Silicon Valley and management scholars juxtaposing insights from the wisdom/spiritual traditions with contemporary decision theory." His presentation will offer a model of decision making that is inclusive of both the spiritual discipline of discernment and best practices from contemporary decision theory.

Andre L. Delbecq, D.B.A. is the J. Thomas and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, where he served as Dean in the Leavey School of Business from 1979-1989. Prior to 1979, he spent 12 years at the University of Wisconsin and four years at the University of Toledo. He presently directs the Institute for Spirituality of Organizational Leadership at Santa Clara. Dr. Delbecq received his B.B.A. from the University of Toledo, and MBA and Doctorate from Indiana University. For a number of years his research and scholarship focused on executive decision making processes, organization structure and design, and managing innovation in rapid change environments. He is well known internationally for developing the Nominal Group Technique and the Program Planning Model, both of which have been widely adopted in structuring decision-making in change efforts. He has conducted research on the role of CEOs in technology firms and the business culture of Silicon Valley. More recently his research has sought to bridge the gap between theology, management studies and executive behavior in developing an understanding of leadership.

The seminar will be held on Friday, May 7, 2004 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the LaCava Campus Center, Room 325 ABC, immediately followed by a reception. The event is free but pre-registration is requested. RSVP for the seminar and reception to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781.891.2471 or email:

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