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  •  Griffith Celebrates New Book

    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 12:58 PM

    Successful managers mix people, technology, and structure into new business solutions by staying “plugged-in,” says Management Professor Terri Griffith in her new book, The Plugged-In Manager, to be published this month by Jossey-Bass. Griffith and her colleagues will celebrate the book’s release at a reception on Wednesday, October 26, in Lucas Hall.

    Griffith, a popular Santa Clara University Business School instructor and author of the award-winning “Technology and Organizations” blog, wrote the book after seeing that most discussions of management practice focused on either people issues or organizational issues, and rarely touching on technology used in either case. She noticed that the most adept managers in leading companies were skilled at using all three dimensions, and began interviewing those business leaders most proficient at combining the three.

    The managers who excelled were not experts in technology or psychology, she discovered, but were exceptional in the way they connected people, technology, and organizational practice to develop new business processes. In the book, Griffith outlines three practices that each of the exemplary managers use, and demonstrates how each practice can be adopted to improve performance by individual managers and their organizations. 

    The book release reception, hosted by Business School Dean Drew Starbird, will feature brief remarks by Griffith and copies for sale by the campus bookstore. For reservations, see www.scu.edu/business/plugged-in.cfm.

  •  Kevin Walsh, 1942 - 2010

    Monday, Oct. 25, 2010 12:28 PM

    Kevin Walsh, a well-regarded adjunct faculty member in the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business, has died after a short illness. Services are planned for next week (Rosary on November 3, at Spanglers in Los Altos, 4:00 to 8:00 PM, Vigil at 7 PM; Funeral service at 10 AM on Thursday, November 4 at St. Nicholas Church in Los Altos). He is survived by his wife and two adult sons.

    Kevin Walsh served Business School as a Dean’s Executive Professor of Management for more than eight years, bringing his global experience and corporate leadership to the MBA and undergraduate business classroom. He also accompanied several MBA classes abroad, assisting SCU students to gain an appreciation of such diverse and economically significant places as London, Paris, Geneva, and Brazil.

    Walsh was a general partner at Ridge Partners LLC, an investment and strategic consulting firm focused on the high technology sector. He was previously Vice President of Corporate Planning and Worldwide Financial Operations at Sun Microsystems where was responsible for strategic planning, international operations, and financial planning.

    Prior to Sun Microsystems, Walsh was the Chief Operating Officer for Spatial Technology Inc, a Colorado-based CAD-CAM Software Company. He also worked as Vice President of Finance for Schlumberger Group, and as group controller for Fairchild Semiconductor memory and logic devices in California.

    Walsh’s international experience included a stint as Fairchild Semiconductor's Paris-based plant controller and plant manager, and Principal Manager of Coopers & Lybrand's consulting and public accounting practices in London, Brussels and Paris.

    He earned a B.Sc. in Economics (Hons) from the London School of Economics, was a Chartered Certified Accountant (UK), member of the Institute of Management Consultants (UK), and a member of the Advisory Board of the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

    To memorialize his service to the University, his name will be added to a bench outside Lucas Hall, the home of the Leavey School.

    Condolences to the family may be sent in c/o the Dean's Office, Lucas Hall 124, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053.

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