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Stefanie A. Lenway

Dean, Opus College of Business

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Stefanie Lenway is a worldwide leader in competitive strategy for business education with a proven track record in driving organizational change and strategy implementation based on a robust competitive strategy. In each of her leadership roles as dean of the business school in University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan State University, and starting August 1, the University of St. Thomas, she brings strategic focus, financial discipline, and administrative efficiencies in support of the academic mission thereby freeing up resources for teaching and research. 

As a professor of corporate strategy and international business, Lenway brings 30 years of research in the politics of international trade policy, multinational competitive strategy, and global technology innovation. She co-founded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation flat panel display research team in 1994 and designed the research protocols for a 10 year study of the evolution of the global liquid crystal display (LCD) industry from small screens for watches and calculators to the commercialization of the 42” LCD TV in 2004. Stanford University Press published the book, Managing New Industry Creation, which documents how equipment and materials producers worked closely with display manufacturers drawing knowledge from around the world to create a competitive flat panel display industry that quickly displaced the cathode ray tube. This research provides insights into the competitive dynamics of strategic alliances for operational growth, the strategic importance of innovation in the global supply chain, and the need for global knowledge creation in the development and commercialization of new technologies.

Lenway has drawn on this research in her role as dean of the Eli Broad College of Business, which is primarily known for its top ranked supply chain management programs. Her leadership of the Broad College has been characterized by an integrated approach to global value chain management drawing upon the college’s legacy of integration across procurement, operations, and logistics. Under her leadership, the Broad College launched one of the early master’s programs in business analytics and made team leadership a strategic priority.

At the University of St. Thomas, Lenway will build upon the college’s legacy strengths in ethics, entrepreneurship, and health care to build out a competitive strategy for the Opus College of Business.  The Opus College has a Health Care MBA, which includes as its alumni senior executives in leading health care providers, medical device companies, and insurance companies in Minneapolis and St. Paul brings key practitioners in contact with faculty and students. The Opus College of Business also houses the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, which will provide a platform for innovation and the commercialization of new health care technology and delivery mechanisms. The college’s Department of Ethics and Business Law will create a space for practitioners and scholars to reflect on the ethical challenges that result from new medical devices and other therapeutic interventions that prolong life.

Lenway is active in AACSB as a peer review team member, a mentor and a member of the Board of Directors. Recently, she has participated in an AACSB task force called AACSB 2020, which is developing a global strategy for the organization that will help network business schools in developed countries with their counterparts in developing countries and promote knowledge exchange to the benefit of all participants.

In addition to AACSB, Lenway has been active in leadership in the Academy of Management as a member of their governing board and the chair of the Social Issues in Management Division. She was also vice president for programs and president of the Academy of International Business (AIB), where she was elected a “Fellow” of the AIB in 2001.

Academic Background

  • B. A., politics, University of California at Santa Cruz, Merrill College
  • M.A., political science, University of California at Los Angeles
  • M.B.A., University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • Ph.D. business administration, University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Major Works

  • Spencer, Jennifer W., Thomas P. Murtha, and Stefanie A. Lenway, “How Governments
    Matter to New Industry Creation,” Academy of Management Review, April (2005): 321-337.
  • Eden, Lorraine, Stefanie Lenway, and Douglas Schuler, “From the Obsolescing Bargaining Model to the Political Bargaining Model,” in International Business-Government Relations in the 21st Century, edited by Robert Grosse, 321-337. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Lenway, Stefanie A. and Thomas P. Murtha, “Global Knowledge Networks and National Systems of Innovation: Lessons from the United States and the Flat Panel Display Industry,” in
    Reforming the French Innovation System: Insights from Foreign Experiences, edited by Frederique Sachwald and Phillippe Laredo. Paris, Institut de l’entreprise, 2005.
  • Schuler, Doug, Stefanie Lenway, and Lorraine Eden, "Multinational Corporations through the Uneven Development Lens," in Multinational Corporations and Global Poverty Reduction, edited by Subhash C. Jain and Sushil Vachani. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2005.
  • Murtha, Thomas P., Stefanie A. Lenway, and Jeffrey A. Hart. Managing New Industry Creation: Global Knowledge Formation and Entrepreneurship in High Technology. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001.
  • Industry Creation as Knowledge Creation: The New Geography of Innovation,” In Locating Competitive Advantage, edited by Martin Kenney and Richard Florida, Stanford University Press.
  • Hart, Jeffrey, Stefanie Lenway and Thomas P. Murtha,  “Technonationalism and Cooperation
    in a Globalized Industry: The Case of Flat Panel Displays.” In Coping with Globalization, edited by Aseem Prakash and Jeffrey Hart, 117-147. New York: Routledge, 2000.
  • Murtha, Thomas P, Stefanie A. Lenway, and Richard P. Bagozzi, "Global Mindsets and Cognitive Shift in a Complex Multinational Corporation," Strategic Management Journal, February (1998): 97-114.
  • Lenway, Stefanie, Randall Morck, and Bernard Yeung, "Rent Seeking, Protectionism and Innovation in the American Steel Industry," The Economics Journal 106 (1996): 410-421.
  • Murtha, Thomas P., Jennifer W. Spencer, and Stefanie A. Lenway, “Moving Targets: National Industrial Strategies and Embedded Innovation in the Global Flat Panel Display Industry.” In Advances in Strategic Management 13: The Embeddedness of Strategy, edited by Jane Dutton and Joel Baum, 247-282. Greenwich CT: JAI Press, 1996.
  • Rehbein, Kathleen and Stefanie A. Lenway, "Determining an Industry's Political
    Effectiveness with the U.S. International Trade Commission," Business and Society 33 (1994): 270-292.
  • Murtha, Thomas P. and Stefanie A. Lenway, "Country Capabilities and the Strategic State: How Political Institutions Affect Multinational Corporations' Strategies,” Strategic Management Journal 15 (1994): 113-129.
  • Lenway, Stefanie A. and Thomas P. Murtha, "The State as Strategist in International Business Research,” Journal of International Business Studies 25 (1994): 513-535.
  • Lenway, Stefanie A. and Douglas A. Schuler. "The Determinants of Corporate Political Involvement in Trade Protection: The Case of the Steel Industry." In Empirical Studies in Commercial Policy, edited by Robert Baldwin, 75-112. Chicago: University of Chicago Press for National Bureau of Economic Research, 1991.
  • Lenway, Stefanie A., Kathleen Rehbein, and Laura Starks.  "The Impact of Protectionism on Firm Wealth: The Experience of the Steel Industry." The Southern Economic Journal 56 (1990): 1079-1093.
  • Lenway, Stefanie A., Carol Jacobson, and Judith Goldstein, "To Lobby or to Petition: The Political Environment of U.S. Trade Policy," The Journal of Management 16 (1990): 119-134.
  • Lenway, Stefanie Ann and Kathleen Rehbein, "Rent Seekers in the U.S. International Trade Commission Escape Clause Investigations," The International Trade Journal 6 (1990): 199-142.
  • Ring, Peter S., Stefanie A. Lenway, and Michele Govecar, "Management of the Political Imperative in International Business," Strategic Management Journal 11 (1990): 141-152.
  • Goldstein, Judith and Stefanie A. Lenway, "Interests or Institutions: An Inquiry into Congressional-ITC Relations," International Studies Quarterly 33 (1989): 303-328.
  • Lenway, Stefanie A. and Kathleen Rehbein, "Protection for the Well-Off: An Analysis of Firms that File Escape Clause Petitions," Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings (1988): 324-328.
  • "Between War and Commerce: Economic Sanctions as a Tool of Statecraft," International Organization 42 (1988): 397-426.
  • The Politics of U.S. International Trade: Protection, Expansion, and Escape. Cambridge MA: Pitman, 1985. 

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • 2001 Elected “Fellow” of the Academy of International Business
  • 2000 Curtis Cup, Carlson Executive MBA Best Teacher Award
  • 1990 First Prize, Columbia University School of Business Case Writing Competition in International Business Ethics for “H.B. Fuller in Honduras: Street Children and Substance Abuse,” (with Norman Bowie)
  • 1988-91 McKnight Land-Grant Professor, University of Minnesota
  • 1988 Best Paper Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management
  • 1984 Best Dissertation Award, Social Issues in Management Division, Academy of Management
  • 1984 Teacher of the Year, Washington University St. Louis, School of Business

Professional Affiliations

  •  AACSB (elected to the board of directors 2012-2015)
  • The Academy of International Business
  • The Industry Studies Association
  • The Academy of Management
  • Strategic Management Society


  • 3M
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Nokia
  • CIMA Labs