Dr. Derek F. (Francis) Abell is Professor Emeritus and co-founder of the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), which is established in Berlin, Germany. Abell is also famous for his (further) developed business definition model, the ‘Abell model’.The model provides a good overview of the various consumers, theirs needs and which Technologies could be best deployed to serve these consumers.
In 1960 Derek Abell obtained his Bachelor’s degree (BSc.) in aeronautical engineering from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Shortly after, Derek Abell moved to the United States to do a Master’s degree programme in Industrial Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge. He obtained his Master’s degree (MSc.) in 1966. Derek Abell had not finished yet and so he went on to do a Doctorate Business Administration study (DBA) at the Harvard Business School in Boston. In 1970 he obtained his doctorate with the doctoral thesis ‘Pricing in oligopoly: an empirical analysis of competition in the utility market for power capacitors’.
Derek Abell started his academic career as an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School in Boston in 1970. In addition he was also a visiting professor at the INSEAD institute in Fontainebleau in France. From 1974, Abell became a partner and professor at the Harvard Business School in Boston. He worked there until 1979 and extended his work into a representation of Europe. In 1981, Derek Abell moved to Switzerland to take up the position of Dean and Professor at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne. At that time Abell also served as a consultant of the United Nations in Eastern Europe. In 1994, Derek Abell became Professor of two Universities namely: Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPF) in Lausanne. He worked there until 2002. In the last years of his career (from 2002) Derek Abell contributed to helping establish the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin. This institute still exists and is one of the best fulltime MBA programmes and Executive MBA programmes. He worked at the institute until he retired in 2006.
Publications by Derek Abell et al.
- 2006. The Future of Strategy is Leadership. Journal of Business Research 59(3): 310–314.
- 2005. Leadership Education as a Moving Target. The International Journal of Leadership Education 1(1): 9–22.
- 2003. Putting Shareholder Value in the Right Perspective. In Organization 21C: Someday All Organizations will Lead this Way, ed. S. Chowdhury, chapter 9. New Jersey: Financial Times, Prentice Hall.
- 1999. Competing Today While Preparing for Tomorrow. Sloan Management Review 40(3-Spring): 73–81.
- 1993. Managing With Dual Strategies: Mastering the Present – Preempting the Future. New York, NY: Free Press.
- 1993. Dynamic Entrepreneurship in Central and Eastern Europe. The Hague: DELWEL Publishers.
- 1980. Defining the Business: The Starting Point of Strategic Planning. Englewood Cliffs, London: Prentice-Hall.
- 1979. Strategic Market Planning: Problems and Analytical Approaches. Englewood Cliffs, London: Prentice-Hall.
- 1978. Strategic Windows. Journal of Marketing 42(3-July): 21–26.
- 1975. Competitive Market Strategies: Some Generalizations and Hypotheses. Marketing Science Institute.
European School of Management and Technology, Derek F. Abell, website: http://www.esmt.org/
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