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Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, and Acquisitions: How do Leaders Decide?

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Strategic Partnerships, Alliances, and Acquisitions: How do Leaders Decide? is part of the Leading Edge Thinking in Higher Education Series brought to you by Bay Path University's Center for Higher Education Leadership & Innovative Practice (CHELIP)

Presenter: James W. Quinn, Managing Director, CaseStudy Co.

In the 21st century, higher education leaders face a new set of challenges—along with a new set of options for advancing the mission of their institutions. Historically, many leaders have sought to meet the evolving needs of their students, faculty, and alumni through internal investment in people, plant, and programs. This approach, while effective, has also proved costly; and it often limits the creativity and potential for innovation inherent in working with an external partner.

In this webinar, we will explore the continuum of external relationships available to higher education leaders. Specifically, we will look at those who pursue innovation by combining resources or capabilities with likeminded, complementary partners. We will also define the range of organizational combinations leaders select to refine or even remake their institutions, while demonstrating how leaders and their teams can use the Case Method to evaluate and make wise decisions.

About the Presenter:
James was trained at Harvard Business School as a case study researcher. At HBS, he co-authored 35 cases investigating management practices across all sectors of the economy. His work spanned finance, marketing, operations, organizational design, and acquisitions and alliances. Case research instilled in James a deep respect for the power of a presenting a compelling narrative, replete with diverse human perspectives and the right market data. His favorite cases involved multi-layered decisions where a systematic approach to analyzing issues leads to meaningful insight.

Since 2009, James has been the managing director of CaseStudy Co., where he has advanced the use of the Case Method in leading organizations around the world. His firm helps leaders and their teams to make wise, fact-based decisions. Recent higher education clients include Northeastern University, Brandeis University, Middlebury College, Lafayette University, Harvard Business Publishing, and others. James is a regular speaker at industry conferences, colleges, and universities.

James led a learning collaborative at Boston-based higher education research and consulting firm, Eduventures. In this work, he helped advance learning for leaders and their teams at 65 public and private institutions across the United States.

A lifelong proponent of interdisciplinary learning, James studied economics and English at Middlebury College, where he received a BA and MA. He earned an MBA from Yale.