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George David Smith

George David Smith

Joined Stern 1988

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-73
New York, NY 10012

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George David Smith is Clinical Professor of Economics and International Business at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He began teaching at NYU Stern in 1984 and joined its Economics faculty in 1988. He teaches courses in U.S. Economic and Business History, Global Perspectives on Enterprise Systems, Markets, Ethics and Law, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. He has been a faculty member of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and is a research associate of the Center for Japan-U.S. Business and Economic Studies. He has been twice named a Glucksman Faculty Fellow. In 2009 he was voted the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Executive Programs. Professor Smith holds a Ph.D. in from Harvard University, where he taught from 1972-78. He was project manager for telecommunications industry antitrust studies at the Cambridge Research Institute from 1979-1982. In 1982 he co-founded The Winthrop Group, Inc., located today in Cambridge, MA, New York and the UK. He has consulted to such firms as ALCOA, AT&T, Citigroup, Comcast Corp., Cotton Incorporated, Dillon, Read, Inc., Dover Corporation, General Electric Company, Guardian Life Insurance Company, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Procter & Gamble, Shell Oil Company and Skadden Arps.

Research Interests

  • Corporate strategy & structure
  • Regulation
  • Financial market history

Courses Taught

  • Business History of the United States
  • Financial History
  • Global Perspectives on the History of Enterprise
  • Invention, Innovation and Organization: Entrepreneurship
  • Market, Ethics & Law

Academic Background

Ph.D., History
Harvard University

M.A., History
Harvard University

Selected Publications

G. D. Smith (2007)
The Public Corporation and Private Property turns 75
Financial History, Fall

G. D. Smith & R. Wright (2004)
Mutually Beneficial: The Guardian and Life Insurance in America
New York University Press

G. D. Smith & T. Jacobson (2001)
Cotton's Renaissance
Cambridge University Press

G. D. Smith & F. Dalzell (2000)
Wisdom from the Robber Barons
Perseus Books

G. D. Smith & G. Baker (2000)
Leveraged Management Buyouts at KKR
Private Equity (Euromoney/Institutional Investor, 2000)

G. D. Smith & G. Baker (1998)
The New Financial Capitalists: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and the Creation of Corporate Value
Cambridge University Press

G. D. Smith (1996)
The Rise and Transformation of the American Corporation
The Corporation Today, Oxford University Press

G. D. Smith & R. Sylla (1993)
The Transformation of Financial Capitalism

G. D. Smith
The Diamond of Sustainable Growth: A Historical Framework for the Study of Political Economy and Economic Development

G. D. Smith & R. Sylla
A Concise History of Wall Street
Cambridge University Press