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COLLECTION Identifier: Arch GA 3

Kenneth R. Andrews papers


Teaching, consulting, research and administrative papers of Harvard Business School professor Kenneth Andrews.


  • Creation: 1946-1995


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. This collection requires a secondary registration form. For more information on access procedures and reproduction services, please contact

Restricted material has been identified in this collection. All folder titles of restricted material have been redacted.

Users can request access to digital materials for use in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room or via digital delivery for remote access.


52 linear feet (119 boxes, 1 carton)
694 kilobytes (50 born-digital files in multiple formats)

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, research materials, administrative and consulting records of Kenneth Andrews. Correspondence, subject and research files and other papers document the development of the field of business policy, corporate strategy and governance, business ethics, executive education for upper management using the case method, and the role of boards of directors. The collection also documents Andrews’ teaching, his work on various Harvard Business School and Harvard University projects and studies, his association with academic colleagues and members of the business community, the development of cases, the writing of books and articles, his role in inaugurating and advising schools for teaching business administration, and his consulting work for various companies, organizations and institutions.

Teaching records include memorandum, correspondence, notes and lectures from Administrative Practices, Business Policy, and Executive Education Advanced Management Program (AMP) courses. Research and writings include Kenneth Andrews’ thesis and book on Mark Twain, research for the "Bigness Study," cases, and research for The Case Method of Teaching Human Relations and Administration, Business Policy: Text and Cases, The Effectiveness of University Management Development Programs, and The Concept of Corporate Strategy. The collection also includes records related to Andrews’ involvement with AMP classes taught at the University of Hawaii and records of courses taught at IMEDE in Lausanne, Switzerland. Also included in this collection are tape recordings of Advanced Management Program sessions.

Consulting records include material from Andrews’ work with Connecticut Natural Gas Corporation, for which he was consultant to the Committee on the Board of Directors; Federal Judicial Center on the proper role of a board; Price Brothers, for which Andrews was on the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, the Officers Compensation Committee, and the Management Committee; Reed and Barton, for which Andrews was on the Board of Directors; Touche Ross, for which Andrews was on the Board of Directors; and Xerox Corporation, for which he was on the Board of Directors. Born-digital materials created by HBS professor Kenneth Andrews, 1988-1990 include Word Perfect 4.0 and Word Perfect 5.0 documents. Documents include correspondence, outside consulting, research and writing, and biographical materials. Some of the files are duplicates of others, just in different file formats.

Biographical Note:

Kenneth R. Andrews was born on May 24, 1916 in New London, Connecticut and died September 4, 2005. He attended Wesleyan University, receiving a BA in 1936 and MA in 1937. He received his PhD in 1948 from the University of Illinois at Urbana which he attended from 1937-1946, with a break during World War II. While a student at the University of Illinois he was a Teaching Assistant and Instructor in English.

He was drafted into the Army in 1941 and served as an enlisted man in the Field Artillery from 1941-1942. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force in 1942. He graduated from the Army Air Force Statistical Officers School in 1944. As Captain and Major, he was Head of the Analysis Section and Commanding Officer of the 35th Statistical Control Unit from 1944-1946. While in the service Andrews was responsible for personnel classification and assignments, and statistical control work. He assigned officers to the Statistical School at HBS during the war. He remained in the Air Force Reserve as a Lt. Colonel from 1946-1956.

At the invitation of Edmund P. Learned, Kenneth Andrews joined the faculty of HBS in fall of 1946. He was an Instructor in the multidisciplinary course, Administrative Practices, which dealt with the human problems of organization. During this time, he also completed his dissertation on Mark Twain which was later published as the book, Nook Farm: Mark Twain’s Hartford Circle.

Andrews was an administrative aide and speech writer for Dean Donald K. David. He served as Associate Professor from 1952-1957 and was promoted to full professor in 1957. In 1965 he became the first Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration in 1965. He was Area Chairman of Business Policy from 1964-1967, taught in the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from 1964-1970, and was Faculty Chairman of AMP from 1967-1970.

Kenneth Andrews was very active with Harvard University. He was a member of Harvard University’s Committee on Governance, was a member of a committee that helped select Derek Bok as President, and was the principle author of the report, "The Organization and Functions of the Governing Boards and the Office of the President" (1971). He was also appointed Master of Leverett House in 1971 (to 1981). He was the first Master of a Harvard House selected from outside the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Outside of his teaching activities Andrews was editor of the Harvard Business Review from 1979 to 1985. He also had consulting assignments for various companies in executive and organizational development, strategic planning, and policy matters. He designed executive development programs for AT&T, First National City Bank, Archer-Daniels-Midland, Xerox, and other companies.

Kenneth Andrews was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty for forty years. He retired from the active faculty in 1986. At the time of his death in 2005 he was the School’s Donald Kirk David Professor of Business Administration Emeritus.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains digital material. You may need specialized software to access, render, or use these files. Baker Library Special Collections and Archives can provide software that will render a majority of file types on a computer in the de Gaspé Beaubien Reading Room.

Physical Location



The Kenneth Andrews Papers were received by Baker Library Special Collections as a gift from Kenneth Andrews in January 2002. Additions to the collections were transferred from the Senior Faculty Center in 2007 and 2011 (Accession #'s: A-07-25, A-07-28, A-08-12, and A-12-13).

Processing Information

Processed: June 2006 Revised: March 2016.

By: Katherine Powers and Grace Blinn. Additions processed March 2016 by Liam Sullivan. Born-digital materials processed October 2023 by Ben Johnson.

Processing Information

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives (BLSCA) staff extracted digital materials from storage media when possible. Staff surveyed files and screened them for privacy and confidentiality concerns. Following internal policy, BLSCA staff did not retain deleted files, operating system and program files, or unallocated space data. The original storage media have been deaccessioned.



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