Marilyn Taylor, D.B.A.
Arvin Gottlieb/Missouri Chair of Strategic Management
Chair, Department of Finance, Information Management and Strategy
Areas of expertise: Strategic management, academic service learning, case studies, case learning
Marilyn Taylor holds the Arvin Gottlieb/Missouri Chair of Strategic Management. She is also director of research and coordinator of the Business School Network for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City-KC. She is active in community and professional involvement through multiple activities, including consulting and board memberships/advisor capacities. She received her MBA (with distinction) and D.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Marilyn Taylor has been recognized in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Business Higher Education and Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women. She teaches a full schedule of courses in the Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration’s MBA and Executive MBA program while continuing her research in the area of strategic management.
She was initiating faculty director for “Students in the City,” a University of Missouri-Kansas City Center for the City program aimed at providing increased opportunities for students to participate in academic service-learning activities at UMKC. In this role, she has coordinated a task force in establishing the program, defining its structure and services and developing a supportive website. UMKC’s Center for the City has recently been awarded a Federal Learn and Serve America Higher Education grant to underwrite SITC activities for the next three years.
Taylor has co-authored Strategic Management: Creating Competitive Advantages, Second Edition (McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2004); Custom Case Selection (Primis/McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2004 – forthcoming); Strategic Management: Text and Cases (McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2003); “Pivot International – Pursuing Growth,” (Business Case Journal, Summer 2003); “Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.: Facing Acquisition,” “Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: The Walmart.com Challenge” and “The Hue-Man Experience Bookstore” (Proceedings, Midwest Academy of Management, St. Louis, April 2003). Other papers and articles appear in the Proceedings of the North American Case Research Association, 2002; Current Issues in Management, 2002, and the Business Case Journal.
The Sloan Foundation awarded Professors Taylor, Karyl Leggio and David Bodde a grant of $100,000 to underwrite the Understanding and Managing Business Risk in the Electric Sector (UMBRES) Forum for senior executives, consultants and faculty members. She has received other grants from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City-KC and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Taylor also holds board positions with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City-KC, Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) – KC, Jazz District Investment Committee, North American Case Research Association, Society for Case Research and Midwest Academy of Management. She currently serves as a Scholar-in-Residence for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In 2001 she was one of the first recipients of the Aspen-WRI Institutes’ Faculty Pioneer Award, Beyond Grey Pinstripes award. She was also honored for outstanding leadership by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City-KC and by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City National Business School Network. She is the 2004 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement.