Richard M. Burton is Professor of Management at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.

Research Interests

Organization Theory that focuses on the choice of organizational design and strategy: the development and study of organizational structures and processes to achieve efficient coordinated planning and control; and implementation of organizational strategy for performance. In this context, an organization is viewed as a large number of interdependent subunits and individuals each of whom has its own goals, structures, processes, information, and measures of performance.

Academic Degrees

  • D.B.A. Managerial Economics and Production, 1967University of Illinois, Urbana
  • M.B.A. Finance, 1963University of Illinois, Urbana
  • B.S. Engineering Mechanics, 1961University of Illinois, Urbana

Academic Positions

  • Professor and Associate Professor of Business Administration, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1970 –
  • Director of Hartman Fund, The Fuqua School of Business, 2005-
  • Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Duke University, courtesy appointment, 2004- 2007
  • Professor of Management, European Institute of Advanced Study in Management, EIASM, Brussels, Belgium, 1999 –
  • Honorary Professor of Management, University of Southern Denmark, 2002 – 2012
  • Adjunct Professor of Management, University of Aarhus, 2007 – 2012
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, 2005
  • Visiting Professor, Institute d’Administration des Entreprises, Universite de Droit, d’Economie et des Science d’Aix-Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Spring 1975, Academic year 1976 – 1977.
  • Assistant Professor of Operations Research and Economics, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California, 1967 – 1970.
  • Instructor in Industrial Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1965 – 1967.

Academic service

  • University Ombudsman, 2006 –
  • Master of Engineering Management Advisory Board, 2003 –
  • Chair, Duke University President’s Advisory Committee on Resource (university planning and budget), 1996 – 1997.
  • Chair, Duke University Academic Council (faculty senate), 1992-1994.
  • Health Services Management Program Director, The Fuqua School of Business, 1991 – 1997.
  • Academic Program Director, LEAD Program, The Fuqua School of Business,1985 – 1992.
  • Academic Program Director, Strategic Human Resources Management Program,1981 – 1985.
  • Area Coordinator, Management and Organization Behavior, The Fuqua School of Business, 1980 – 1984.
  • Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, The Fuqua School of Business, 1972 – 1974.

Professional organizations and activities

  • Member of NRC study group on Computational Methods in Organizational Science, 2005 – .
  • INFORMS Committee on Publications, 1996- 2000.
  • INFORMS College on Artificial Intelligence, Advisory Committee, 1995 – .
  • The Institute of Management Science (TIMS). Chairman, TIMS College on
  • Organization, 1975 – 1977, 1991 – 1993, Secretary and Program Coordinator,
  • 1977 – 1985. Nominating committee for TIMS officers, 1986.
  • The Operations Research Society of America (ORSA). CHAIRMAN, ORSA
  • Education Committee, 1974 – 1977. Visiting Lecturer 1970 – 1980.
  • Educational Representative to International Federation of Operations Research Societies (IFORS), 1978.
  • Academy of Management.
  • North American Society of Corporate Planners (NASCP).
  • Sigma Xi (National Honorary Society), Secretary, Duke Chapter, 1994 – 1996.
  • European International Business Association.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Consulting

  • Kodak, Public Service and Gas, 1996.
  • Board of Advisors, The Tiber Group, 1993 – 1996.
  • Radian, Austin, TX, Strategic Planning, 1993.
  • Bell Canada, Ottawa, consultant on economic planning, 1981 – 1991.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Company, Research Triangle Park, NC, consultant on the development and implementation of a strategic planning process, 1986 – 1988.
  • SEICOR, Hickory, NC, action education and consultant, 1981 – 1986.

Editorial boards

  • Senior Editor, Organization Science, 2004-
  • Editorial Board, Strategic Management Journal, 2007
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 2007
  • Co-editor for Kluwer Academic Publishers of series on Information and Organization, 2000-
  • Associate Editor, Management Science for Organization Analysis, Performance and Design, 1974 – 1985, 1998- 2006
  • Departmental Editor, Management Science for Organization Analysis, Performance and Design, 1985 – 1995
  • Associate editor for Management Science: Entrepreneurship, 2002- 2004
  • Editorial board: International Journal of Organizational Analysis 2007 –
  • Editorial board: Information Systems and e-Business Management, 2002-
  • Editorial board: Journal of Organizational Behavior Education, 2002- .
  • Editorial board: Carolina Health Services Review, 1994 – 2000.
  • Associate editor, Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory Journal, 1995 – 2004
  • Editorial board: IEEE Transactions On Engineering Management, 1985 – 99
  • Editorial board: Planning Review for the Area of Planning Organization, 1979 – 1991
  • Editorial board: Advances in Management Studies, 1982 – 1990
  • Editorial board: Journal of Cost Analysis, 1990 – 1992.

Journal referee for

  • Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory
  • Management Science
  • Academy of Management
  • Organization Science
  • Information Systems Research
  • IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Management Science
  • Omega, The International Journal of Management Science
  • The Engineering Economist
  • Operations Research
  • Decision Sciences
  • Naval Research Logistics Quarterly
  • European Journal of Operational Research
  • Planning Review
  • AIIE Transactions
  • Human Systems Management
  • Long Range Planning

NFS reviewer

  • Danish Social Science Research Council
  • Research Council of Canada Reviewer
  • Hong Kong Research Council Reviewer
  • Harkness Fellows Mentor, 1994 – 1996.

Academic committee activities

  • Academic Council Chair, 1992-1994.
  • Executive Committee of the Academic Council, 1980-1981, 1991-1992.
  • Duke University Faculty Compensation Committee, 2000 – 2001, Chair
  • Duke University Search Committee for Vice President for Physical Resources, 2000
  • Duke University Presidential Search Committee, 1992.
  • Duke University Provost Search Committee, 1993-1994.
  • Duke University Search Committee for Executive Vice President, 1993-1995.
  • Duke University Search Committee for Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 1995.
  • Duke University Search Committee for Academic Vice Chancellor of Medical Center and Dean of the Medical School, 1998.
  • Duke University Research Policy Committee, 1996 – 2004
  • Duke University Board of Trustees Screening Committee, 1992 – 1994.
  • Business and Finance Committee, Duke University Board of Trustees, 1991 – 1994, 1996- 1997.
  • President’s Advisory Committee on Resources (PACOR), 1991 – 1992, ex officio, 1992 – 1994, Chair 1996- 1997.
  • Provost’s Academic Priorities Committee, ex officio, 1992
  • Provost’s Committee on Internationalization, 1991 – 1992.
  • Academic Council, Duke University, 1975-1976, 1977-1978, 1979-1981, 1982 -1984, 1986-1988, 1990-1992, 1995 – 1997, 1999 – 2004
  • Duke University Committee on Academic Priorities, 1989 – 1991.
  • Duke University Trustee – Faculty Committee on Honorary Degrees, 1989 – 1992.
  • Duke University Governance Committee, 1988 – 1989.
  • Duke University Administration Oversight Committee, 1982 – 1989.
  • President’s Search Committee for University Officers, 1981 – 1982.
  • Duke University School of Forestry Review Committee of the Long Range
  • Planning Committee, 1979 – 1980. Dean Search Committee, 1985 – 1986.
  • Dean’s Advisory Committee, The Fuqua School of Business, 1993 -1995.
  • Admissions Committee, The Fuqua School of Business, 1971-1974, 1978-1980.
  • Curriculum Committee, The Fuqua School of Business, 1970-1974, 1975-1976, 1978-1979, 1984-1988.
  • International Business Committees, The Fuqua School of Business, 1984 – 1986.
  • Numerous ad hoc committees.

Community activities

  • Board of Directors, Durham Health Partners, 2003- 2006.
  • Advisory Committee: Get on Board: Leadership for Educational Excellence, 1996 – 1997.
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Durham County Hospital Corporation, 1987 – 1989.Executive Committee, Finance Committee, 1984 – 1990.Planning Committee, 1984 – 1991,

    Board member, 1984-1990.

  • Board of Directors, Family Medicine, 1987 – 1989.
  • Advisory Board, Long Term Care Resource Program, Duke University, 1988 – .
  • Advisory Board, Oakleigh at Durham, 1987 – 1989.
  • Advisory Board, Home TLC, 1987 – 1989.
  • Chairman, Durham City School System Wide Advisory Board, 1982 – 1984.
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield Hospital Review Board, 1984 – 1989.
  • Executive Director of North Carolina LEAD Advisory Council, 1985 – 1992.
  • Junior Achievement Lecturer, 1986 – 1990.
  • Taskforce on Sanitary Landfill, Durham City, 1990.