Yair Aharoni

Affiliation: University of Tel Aviv

Bio: Yair Aharoni received his doctorate from Harvard Business School in 1961. His Masters thesis from Tel Aviv University, “Industrial Democracy over the Past Half Century”, received the Payis Prize for best thesis.

During his long and distinguished academic career, Aharoni served as the first Dean of the faculty of management at Tel Aviv University, was instrumental in establishing the Israel Institute of Business Research and the faculty’s Top Executive Program – of which he was the first director. He was also Chief Executive Officer of the Jerusalem Institute of Management and served for five years as the Rector of the College of Management in Rishon LeZion, Israel.

Aharoni was the Daniel and Grace Ross Professor of International Business and later the Issachar Haimovic Professor of Business Policy – both at Tel Aviv University. He was the Thomas Henry Caroll Ford Foundation Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration (1978-79). He was also the J. Paul Stitch Visiting Professor of International Business (1987 – 1995) and the Director of CIBER (Center of International Business Education and Research) at Duke University from 1989 to 1995. In addition, Professor Aharoni has held visiting appointments at Boston University, the City University of New York, Columbia University, Copenhagen Business School, Helsinki Business School, New York University, Stanford University, Odense University, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Aharoni was also a director of Israel Aircraft Industries and later served for the maximum two terms as director and member of the Rating Committee of Ma’alot . Aharoni was also a consultant to several Israeli firms and a frequent lecturer in executive development seminar for medium and top management in Israel, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Aharoni’s publications include several books in Hebrew. Among them The Functions and Role of DirectorsAccounting for ManagementStructure and Conduct in Israeli IndustryBusiness Strategy, State Owned Enterprises in Israel and Abroad and The Political Economy of Israel. His doctoral dissertation, The Foreign Investment Decision Process, was published in 1966 and has been translated into both Japanese and Spanish. His subsequent books in English include Business in the International EnvironmentMarkets, Planning and DevelopmentThe No-Risk SocietyThe Management and Evolution of State-Owned EnterprisesIsrael’s Political Economy: the Dreams and the Realities. Aharoni was the editor of several books: The Emerging International Monetary Order and the Banking SystemState Owned Enterprises in the Western WorldCoalitions and Competition: The Globalization of Professional Business ServicesChanging Roles of State Intervention in Services in an Era of Open International MarketsGlobalization of Services: Some Implications for Theory and Practice. He also authored for the United Nations Management Consulting: A Survey of the Industry and Its Largest Firms. In addition to more than thirty books and monograph he authored or edited, he published more than hundred papers in various journals and chapters in books and wrote more than 150 cases.

Professor Aharoni is a fellow of the Academy of International Business and of the International Academy of Management. During his career, he served on the editorial board of several journals including International Studies in Management and Journal of International Business Studies and associate editor of Management Science.

Last Updated: December 2003