Edmund P. Learned papers
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Extent4.5 linear feet (9 boxes)
Learned's speeches and writings explore his opinions on executive skills and efficient management, as well as national policies and their projected effects on business. Of special interest are Learned's extensive compilations of historical notes prepared for the Harvard Business School Archives at the request of Dean George Lombard, documenting aspects of Harvard Business School’s educational practices and programs between 1927 and 1967. Materials include Learned's retrospective looks at the Army Air Forces Statistical School, the course in Business Policy, and the course in Administrative Practices. Also of interest are Learned's unpublished memoirs of his career and personal relationships at Harvard Business School, "Forty Years Under Four Deans," and his account of duties performed for the military, "Headquarters Air Staff and Special Consulting Duties of Dr. Edmund P. Learned, 1942-1946." Additional historical notes focus on Dean Donham, management control, and marketing (Series III).
The collection includes one folder of course notes used by Learned in teaching General Management. There is very little correspondence in the collection, aside from several folders pertaining to the 1967 Leatherbee lectures.
The bulk of the material in the collection dates from 1945 to 1977, although some items were created as early as 1927, and Learned's Air Force memoirs were written around 1985.
Learned's major fields of interest were: Business strategy and policy; planning; and management organization, motivation, and control. He took historical interest in a number of areas, and compiled notes and memoirs on changes in HBS education, as well as on his role as a consultant for the national defense.
- Series I. Consulting Records, 1946-1977
- Series II. General, 1928-1975
- Series III. Speeches and Writings, 1927-1970
- ___Subseries A. Speeches, 1949-1964
- ___Subseries B. Writings, General, 1927-1970
- ___Subseries C. Writings, Historical Notes and Memoirs, 1932-1985
By: Dominique Tremblay
- Learned, Edmund Philip. Edmund Philip Learned Papers, 1927-1985: A Finding Aid
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