Clark's Research Valued In Search

Figgie Professor of Business Administration Kim B. Clark '74 teaches a second-year MBA course, chairs the Technology and Operations Management Area, performs extensive research on productivity, product development and operations strategy and still finds time to spend with his seven children.

Clark may possibly assume another post soon. He is a leading candidate for the position of next Business School dean, professors said in interviews last week.

Despite rumors on the Business School grapevine which list Clark as one of the four faculty members most likely to be appointed, Clark himself does not want to comment on his candidacy, according to a spokesperson for the School.

Others whom faculty members have listed as potential contenders for the Business School deanship include:

Robinson Professor of Business Administration James I. Cash, Jr.


Professor of Business Administration Leonard Schlesinger.

Class of 1995 Professor of Business Administration William A. Sahlman.

'Intellectual Horsepower'

As perhaps the most devoted scholar among the four favorites for dean, Clark would bring to the office an academic perspective it has not seen in recent years.

In the past, deans have tended to focus on fundraising and contacts with the outside business world rather than on professors' research and academic interests, some faculty members said.

"Now, a move toward the research area is inorder," said a professor who spoke on condition ofanonymity.

With Clark at the helm, this shift towardacademia might take place.

Business School professors described Clark as abona fide intellectual.

"[Clark is] a wonderful researcher and a superbteacher," said Caldwell Professor of BusinessAdministration Robert H. Hayes, who works in theTechnology and Operations Management Area withClark.

"I have enormous respect for Kim's insight andintellectual horsepower," said a professor whospoke on condition of anonymity.

Clark is the author of several academic works,including articles in the Harvard Business Reviewand more than six books.