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D. Quinn Mills

Daniel Quinn Mills is the Albert J. Weatherhead, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus.  His tenure at Harvard lasted from 1976 to 2007.  He consults with major corporations and governments[…]

Mills is an opinion maker.

Question: What do you do?

D. Quinn Mills: I suppose I am an opinion maker. I publish a lot. I give a lot of speeches, I try to analyze things, provide leadership. I don’t do it with in an organization the university has been a a base for me to do it to the outside. I spend a lot of time abroad. I think it is very important for Americans to do that now, because our role in the world is so confused at this point time. So, I think by writing and teaching I’m an opinion maker.

Question: What interests you about leadership and strategy?

D. Quinn Mills: I think they are very important, I am a generalist in a world that is full of specialist, I am a generalist. I have taught  in a number of different disciplines, I know a great deal about a lot of subjects, I have tried to focus on big questions in the subject. I have tried intensely to be a journalist, to be a generalist, and that’s unusual in the modern world. A lot of people are very suspicious of that, but I think it is very important for somebody to try to figure out how the whole thing fits together, and I think the lack of that is the real problem that we have. So, I think the most important thing I’ve done is to try to be a generalist and  provide some leadership and some perspective in that regard.

Recorded on: 9/27/07

 

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