Carol Elliott | October 30, 2019
John “Jack” Gorman Keane, Martin J. Gillen Dean Emeritus and Korth Professor of Strategic Management Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, died Thursday (Oct. 24). He was 89.
Keane served as the Gillen Dean in the College of Business Administration from 1989 to 1997 and as Korth Professor of Strategic Management from 1989 to 2010. As dean, his vision focused on strengthening the college’s academic reputation, particularly in business ethics and international business, as well as a need for greater diversity among the faculty and student body.
“Jack Keane was a devoted Notre Dame dean and a consummate professional who always emphasized the moral dimension of business and the need for creative and effective leadership,” said Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University. “He sought to integrate the theoretical and practical as manifest in government service and the world of business.”
James S. O’Rourke IV, teaching professor of management, added: “Jack’s accomplishments were considerable. He increased the size of the faculty, nearly doubled research funding and got us a new building. The Mendoza College of Business we know today was largely his vision.”
Keane’s areas of research expertise included corporate strategy, strategic management, family enterprise, business history and international management.
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