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Hugh G. Courtney is the Dean of Northeastern University’s College of Business
Administration. He is the former Vice Dean and Associate Dean of Executive Programs
at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Dr. Courtney is an expert on business strategy and competitive dynamics and he has
published widely in leading practitioner journals such as the Harvard Business Review,
McKinsey Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Optimize, Research ·Technology
Management and Strategy & Leadership. His book on strategy under uncertainty, 20/
20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World, was a business bestseller, and
received outstanding reviews from both practitioner and academic publications. In
addition to these publications, Dr. Courtney disseminates his research results through
frequent invited presentations to industry and academic conferences, and through
interviews and invited letters in publications such as the Sloan Management Review and
Bloomberg Businessweek.
Dr. Courtney has received numerous teaching awards and he is an accomplished
executive educator, serving prestigious clients such as IBM, Lockheed Martin, Under
Armour, and the National Security Agency. The Financial Times ranked the University
of Maryland’s Executive MBA program #1 in the world for corporate strategy when Dr.
Courtney taught its strategy course.
Before returning to academia in 2002, Dr. Courtney was an Associate Principal with
McKinsey & Company in Washington, DC. While at McKinsey, he was a leader in
its Strategy Practice and served clients on six continents across most industry sectors,
with particular emphasis on the chemicals and health care industries. His innovative
consulting and research contributions while at McKinsey were recognized when
Consulting Magazine named him as one of the five “Up and Comers” in the consulting
industry in 2001.
Dr. Courtney is also the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of D&E
Communications, Inc., a provider of voice, data and video services in central and eastern
Pennsylvania which was successfully merged into Windstream Corporation in November
Dr. Courtney is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University and earned his
Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was a
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow.