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Dean of Opus College of Business Stefanie Lenway speaking at an event.

Meet the Dean of Opus College of Business

Stefanie Lenway, Ph.D.

About the Dean

Stefanie Lenway, Ph.D., joined the Opus College of Business as Dean and Opus Distinguished Chair in 2014.

During her tenure at Opus, Lenway has worked with college leadership to develop a strategic focus on principled leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation in the business of health care. She has worked closely with the faculty to redesign the MBA programs, create new specialized master’s degrees and a fully online MBA. Under her leadership, the college developed a portfolio of graduate programs in health care in partnership with Minnesota health care organizations and a new flexible and shorter undergraduate business core.

Before arriving at Opus, Lenway served as the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University from 2010 to 2014 and the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2005 to 2010.

Lenway previously served as the associate dean for graduate programs at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management from 2002 to 2005.

Prior to that role, she was the chair of the Department of Strategic Management and Organization, and a professor of strategic management. Her academic career started in 1982 at Washington University’s School of Business as an assistant professor.

While at the University of Minnesota, Lenway was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor, received a best teacher award, and with international field work funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, co-wrote her second book, Managing New Industry Creation: the Race to Commercialize Flat Panel Displays.

Lenway’s primary area of research interest is the politics of international trade policy, multinational competitive strategy, and global technology innovation. Her recent research has focused on the impact of U.S. international trade policy on corporate strategy and the importance of learning from the frontier of practice anywhere in the world to develop and commercialize new technology.

In recognition for this scholarship and for her service to the Social Issues in Management Division of the Academy of Management, in 2018 Stefanie was awarded the Sumner Marcus lifetime achievement award by the Social Issues in Management Division.

In addition to serving on the board of the Academy of Management, Lenway has served on the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is an active peer review team member and participant in the current AACSB Business Accreditation Task Force.

Lenway holds a Ph.D in business and public policy and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

“The close sense of community between faculty, staff and students, the close connection with practitioners, who are frequent visitors to the classroom, and a world class faculty of teacher-scholars committed to student success makes the Opus College different from other business schools I know.”  Please come get to know us.

Stefanie Lenway, Ph.D.