Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A., Economics, Northwestern University
Research & Teaching Interests
Courtney's teaching and research interests fall in the area of strategic decision-making under uncertainty, industry and competitor analysis, and the role of use-inspired business research in influencing business practice.
Industry & Academic Experience
Before joining the D’Amore-McKim School as Dean and Professor of International Business & Strategy in July 2012, Courtney was the Vice Dean and Professor of the Practice of Strategy at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also served as the Smith School’s Associate Dean of Executive Programs. Dr. Courtney was a consultant with McKinsey & Company for nine years where he was a leader of its Strategy Practice and served clients on six continents across multiple industry sectors. He also served as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of D&E Communications, Inc, a provider of voice, data and video services, and as a board member and treasurer for two Washington, DC-based non-profit organizations. Courtney ended his term as Dean of the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at the end of the 2017 academic year.
Services to the Profession
Dr. Courtney is the former Associate Editor of Long Range Planning and has served as a reviewer of manuscripts for the Strategic Management Journal and book proposals for the Harvard Business School Press. From 2007-09, he served as the Practice Representative for the Competitive Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) and co-led McKinsey & Company’s co-sponsorship of the SMS Annual Conference in 2001. Dean Courtney has served as a peer reviewer for AACSB accreditation teams and has been a featured speaker at numerous business, academic and educational conferences.
Awards & Recognition
Krowe and “Top 15%” teaching awards, University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, every year 2003-2012
#1 ranking for Corporate Strategy in Executive MBA programs (for the corporate strategy curriculum at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business which Dr. Courtney designed and taught), Financial Times, 2010
Named one of five “Up and Comers” in the consulting industry, Consulting Magazine, 2001
Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1985-88