Stefanie A. 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 the University of Illinois at Chicago, Michigan State University, and 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, Stefanie 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.
Stefanie 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, Stefanie 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 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.
Stephanie holds several degrees as follows: Ph.D., Business Administration, University of California; M.B.A., University of California; M.A., Political Science, University of California; and B.A., Politics, University of California.
Stefanie 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, Stefanie 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.