George Albert Smith papers
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Extent6 linear feet (12 boxes)
Note: some teaching and consulting records may also be found in Series I: Correspondence and Subject Files.
He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1934 where he taught courses in business policy, administrative practices and the responsibility of business in American society. Smith served as Assistant Dean from 1939-1945 and, in 1945, became Professor of Business Administration, a position he held until his unexpected death in 1969.
Smith held many visiting professorships during this period including stints at Yale Law School, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the Institut pour l'étude des méthodes de direction de l'entreprise (IMEDE) in Lausanne, Switzerland and at the Advanced Management Program at the University of Hawaii. Smith also was very active in the Church of Latter Day Saints, serving as missionary and administrative officer in the Church in Basel, Switzerland from 1926-1929.
In addition to his many teaching responsibilities, Smith worked as a consultant for several institutions and offices, including the U.S. Navy, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Secretary of Commerce, Luther H. Hodges. During World War II, Smith served as Assistant Director of the Special Navy Supply Corps. His research focused on the social responsibilities of business leaders, an issue he was working on at the time of his death. He was the author of three books: Policy Formulation and Administration (1951), Managing Geographically Decentralized Companies (1958), and Business, Society, and the Individual (1962).
- Series I. Correspondence and Subject Files, 1935-1969
- Series II. Harvard Business School Teaching Records: Business, Society and the Individual, 1958-1969
- Series III. IMEDE, 1954-1969
- Seris IV. Outside Work: Consulting Records, 1948-1969
- ___Subseries A. Commerce Department, 1961-1964
- ___Subseries B. Continental Oil Company, 1948-1969
By: Dominique Tremblay, Zachary Violette, and Rachel Wise.
- Smith, George Albert, 1905-1969. George Albert Smith Papers, 1935-1969: A Finding Aid
- Baker Library, Harvard Business School
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