Professor David M. Upton

American Standard Companies Chair
Oxford University – Saïd Business School

David Upton came to Oxford from the Harvard Business School, where he was on the faculty for 20 years, as the Albert J. Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration. He studied Engineering at Cambridge University, and conducted his Ph.D.research in artificial intelligence and engineering at Purdue University.

At Harvard, he was the course head for the first-year MBA courses in Technology and Operations Management, and developed additional courses in Operations Improvement and Information Technology. He was course head for numerous executive courses, and developed courses for companies and universities in Southern and Eastern Asia, South America, Africa and Europe. He is a recipient of Harvard’s Apgar award for Innovation in Teaching.

He serves on the board of Tech Data Inc., a Fortune 100 company based in Clearwater, Florida, and consults internationally on strategy, information technology and the improvement of service and manufacturing operations. He is a Chartered Engineer, an accredited member of the National Association of Corporate Directors in the USA, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He was recently won the 2012 Shingo Prize for Research with Brad Staats and David Brunner.

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