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Peter Boumgarden

Professor of Practice, Strategy and Organizations
Business / Communication
Class of 2005
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Peter Boumgarden is a Professor of Practice of Strategy and Organizations at Washington University in St. Louis (Olin Business School). Outside of his formal role in the university, Dr. Boumgarden researches, consults, and facilitates executive education in the private and nonprofit sectors on topics tied to innovation, strategic design, organizational change, and executive team development. Past clients include Herman Miller, Edward Jones, Charles Schwab, Oracle, Bunge Global, CCA Global, Shape Corporation, Monsanto, BBVA, UniCredit, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, & Methodist Health Care System, amongst others. Dr. Boumgarden’s work centers on helping organizations develop processes for innovation, assisting leaders in defining and implementing sustainably differentiating strategies, and the role of leadership and organizational values in shaping such decisions.

At Washington University, Peter teaches within Olin’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA programs and supports several strategic initiatives at the intersection of business, healthcare, technology, and design. Previously to his role at Olin, Peter was an Associate Professor of Management at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. In the winter of 2018, Dr. Boumgarden was a Lecturer in Strategy at Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. At Olin, Peter is the faculty director of the Center for Experiential Learning and has led project-based courses with clients in technology, healthcare, retail, and design. In his teaching with executives outside of Olin, Peter is an Associated Faculty at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, a Faculty Affiliate at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan— a center on business in emerging markets— and involved in the delivery of the Executive Education Program at the University of Notre Dame. In 2015, the National Science Foundation selected Dr. Boumgarden as an entrepreneurial mentor in its I-Corp program, a model for bringing high-impact technology from university to market. Continuing his work in the entrepreneurial space, Peter acts as an advisor to both an early-stage healthcare finance company and a mining/trade finance company based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. Specific to service, Peter has served on the board of several non-profits within the West Michigan area.

Dr. Boumgarden received his bachelor's degree in business and communication from Calvin College. He then completed his Ph.D. in strategy and organizations at Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School in 2010 where he won the Hubert C. Moog Scholarship for excellence in doctoral research. At Olin, Peter researched the link between structural change and long-term organizational performance (USA Today and Hewlett-Packard), the biases of investment in corporate innovation (Bunge Global), and the relationship between team structure and innovation (Intel). He is currently engaged in a project on analyzing early stage investment strategies in the venture capital industry, and assessing the historical design of the modern business school and its implications for the transfer of social science technologies to market. His academic work appears in Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Judgement and Decision Making. His practitioner work appears in the online publications of Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review, amongst others.

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