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Brush, Tom
Senior Associate Dean, Head of the Department of Management, Professor of Management;
Brush, Tom
Office: KRAN 418
Phone: (765) 49-44441
E-mail: brusht@purdue.edu
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Professional Bio:

Thomas H. Brush (brusht@purdue.edu) is a Professor of Management in the Strategic Management Area at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. He is Senior Associate Dean, and Head of the Management Department.  He received his Ph.d in Economics and Business Administration at the University of Michigan where his doctoral dissertation received the 1991 Free Press Award for Outstanding Dissertation Research in Business Policy and Strategy.  Before coming to Purdue University, Dr. Brush spent two years on the faculty at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and he spent a sabbatical year in 2001 as a Visiting Research Scholar at the Watson Research Center of the IBM Corporation.

His research focuses on corporate strategy and manufacturing strategy topics such as acquisitions, diversification, manufacturing capability exploitation within companies, supplier relationships and alliances.  Connections between these streams include the disintermediation of existing business models with IT initiatives and the rise of new outsourcing opportunities in both primary activities and business processes.  Some specific applications include HR outsourcing, knowledge management in outsourcing, e-commerce marketplaces, and the effect of customer capabilities on performance in online banking. Current research focuses on technology diffusion and the competitive choices of standards selection by incumbents and potential disruptors as well as corporate governance in acquisitions. 

He has published in Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Managerial and Decision Economics and Explorations in Economic History.

He is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.  He has done consulting and teaching for such firms as IBM, Dow Corning, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Navistar International, the American Animal Hospital Association and American Axle Manufacturing. He is also on the Board of Directors of Mackey Bancorp.

He enjoys sailing, tennis, gardening and playing with his six year old daughter.