John Whitney

Professor Emeritus of Professional Practice

Faculty Emeriti

AB, University of Tulsa, 1948

Joined CBS in 1987

John Whitney

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Teaching and research interest

Professor Whitney has spent about half of his professional life in education and the other half in business as an entrepreneur. He was at Harvard Business School as a lecturer from 1968 to 1970 and as associate dean from 1970 to 1972. Before 1968, Whitney had started several businesses in the Midwest. In 1972, he began his career as a turnaround specialist and has since served as chairman, CEO or COO of several turnaround companies. His first book, Taking Charge: Management Guide for Troubled Companies and Turnarounds, has been characterized as a bible for the turnaround business. Whitney’s research interests have shifted to the policies and practices that will help large, profitable businesses stay out of trouble. He received the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom in 1988 and 1996.

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