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George David Smith Biography

George David Smith is Clinical Professor of Economics and International Business at the Stern School of Business, New York University. He began teaching at the Stern School in 1984 and joined its economics faculty in 1988, and is now one of the school's three full-time historians. He offers courses in U.S. Business History, Global Perspectives on the History of Enterprise, Markets, Ethics and Law, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. He has served as Academic Director of Stern's Executive Degree Programs, as a faculty member of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and as a research associate of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies. He has been twice named a Glucksman Faculty Fellow.

Professor Smith holds a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, where he taught from 1972-78. He worked as project manager for telecommunications industry antitrust studies at the Cambridge Research Institute from 1979 1981. In 1982 he was founding partner of The Winthrop Group, Inc. in Cambridge, MA and New York, where he has consulted to such companies as ALCOA, AT&T, Comcast Corp., Cotton Incorporated, Dillon, Read, Inc., Dover Corporation, General Electric Company, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Shell Oil Company and John Wiley & Sons.

Some of his publications include:

"The Diamond of Sustainable Growth: A Historical Framework for the study of political economy and economic development," with Richard Sylla and Robert E. Wright, Enterprise and Society (forthcoming).

A Concise History of Wall Street, with Richard Sylla. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

Mutually Beneficial: The Guardian and Life Insurance in America. New York University press, 2004.

Cotton's Renaissance, with Timothy Jacobson. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2001.

Wisdom from the Robber Barons, with Frederick Dalzell, Perseus Books, 2000.

"Leveraged Management Buyouts at KKR," with George Baker, in Private Equity., Euromoney/Institutional Investor, 2000).

The New Financial Capitalists: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and the Creation of Corporate Value, with George P. Baker. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

"The Rise and Transformation of the American Corporation," in The Corporation Today, ed. Karl Kaysen. Oxford University Press, 1996.

The Transformation of Financial Capitalism, with R. Sylla. Blackwell, 1993.

From Monopoly to Competition: The Transformations of Alcoa. Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Anatomy of a Business Strategy: Bell, Western Electric and the Origins of the American Telephone Industry. John Hopkins University Press, 1985.

Updated January 2, 2024