Strategic management of technology, global practices in technological innovation and management, regional studies on China and Asia Culture of high performance organization
Sidney E. Harris was named dean of the College of Business in July 1997. During his tenure (1997-2004) as dean, he reformulated the strategic direction of the College, provided leadership for a fundraising campaign which raised over $27 million (including the naming gift) and launched three new research centers: Herman J. Russell International Center for Entrepreneurship, Center for Enterprise Risk Management and Assurance Services, and the Center for Process Innovation. The global dimension for the curriculum was strengthened through the acquisition of more than $10 million in grants for international programs. The College is ranked in sixteen different areas by eight different national and international publications, including the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes.
His professional career began with Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey and he moved to Georgia State University where he became a (tenured) member of the College of Business faculty. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate School as professor of management and was appointed chair of the Management Program in 1990. He served as dean of Drucker from 1991‑1996.
His research and teaching focuses on best practices in management and the impacts of foreign direct investments on industry structure in China and the Asia-Pacific region. He has traveled extensively and has lectured internationally at several universities, including Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Sorbonne University (Paris), Erasmus University (Holland), University of British Columbia (Canada), University of West Indies (Trinidad) and the National University of Singapore. He co‑founded the Institute for the Study of U.S./Japan Relations in the World Economy with Professor Peter F. Drucker. Dr. Harris is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows and was elected to the Board in 2003.
He has been a consultant to senior management in several of the country's largest companies and to agencies of the U.S. Government. Some of the companies he has consulted with include GM/Hughes Electronics, The Coca‑Cola Company, Xerox Corporation, IBM, Hewlett Packard, BellSouth Services, AT&T, and Equifax Services. An active author, Dr. Harris has written or contributed substantially to several books and monographs, and has published more than 40 articles and occasional pieces for a wide variety of special and general interest publications.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the SunTrust STI Classic Funds, TSYS, Transamerica Investors, and The ServiceMaster Company where he is Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee and the Executive Committee. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Lanier Worldwide, AirGate PCS, AMRESCO, AACSB International, where he was Chairman of the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors of the Southern Business Administration Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and the National Advisory Council of the Camp Coca-Cola Foundation.
- "India: Businesss Trends and Foreign Direct Investments," presented to the Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, March 2005.
- "New Ways to be Flexible-Profit from Agility," presented at the School of Business, Sorbonne University (Paris, France) and the University of West Indies (Trinidad).
- "IT and Competitive Advantage," presented at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).
- Transformation in Business and Consumer Values: Competing Through Strategic Change, presented at the School of Business, Sorbonne.
- IT and the Banking Industry, presented at the Board of Directors meeting of the United Overseas Bank,Singapore
- Harris, S. E., “Lessons Learned from a Successful Merger: Deloitte-Touche Merger Decision”, Organization Dynamics, Fall 2010.
- Wanderman,W., Sathe, V. and Harris, S.E., "Verifone Case," in Organization: Text, Cases, and Readings on Management of Organizational Design and Change, P.F., Schlesinger, V. Sathe, and J.P. Kotler (eds), Irwin, Homewood, IL, 1992
- Harris, S.E. and Katz, J.L., "Firm Size and Information Technology Investment Intensity of Life Insurers, MIS Quarterly, Fall 1991.
- Harris, S.E. and Katz, J.L., "Organizational Performance and Information Technology Investment Intensity in the Insurance Industry, Organization Science, vol. 2, no. 2, 1991.