Edward D. Hess

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Edward D. Hess
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Born (1947-10-28) October 28, 1947 (age 71)
EducationUniversity of Florida, B.S.

University of Virginia, J.D.

New York University, L.L.M.
  • Author
  • professor
Years active2002 - present
Notable work
Smart Growth, Learn or Die
TitleProfessor of Business Administration, Batten Executive-in-Residence

Edward D. Hess (born October 28, 1947) is an American author and professor.[1]


Hess began his business career over 20 years ago as a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, and served as a senior executive at Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen.[2]

Hess entered academia in 2002 as an Adjunct Professor of Organization and Management at the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University, where he was the founder and executive director of The Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Growth and The Values-Based Leadership Institute. Hess then created the Goizueta Leadership Academy, which was named the #1 MBA Leadership Program by Business Week in 2004.[3]

In 2007, Hess joined the faculty of the Darden Business School as Professor of Business Administration and the first Batten Executive-in-Residence.[4] He currently teaches in the Darden Business School MBA Programs, and in Executive Education programs, and has taught at IESE (Barcelona) and the Indian School of Business.[5] He has consulted with major public and private companies. Hess’ free online two-course MOOCS Grow to Greatness - the challenges of growing a private business - has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.[6]

Hess is the author of 12 books, as well as over 100 articles and over 60 Darden cases dealing with growth, innovation and learning cultures, systems and processes.[7][8]


Hess’ research has focused on organizational and human high performance. Specific research projects have included: The Organic Growth Index; The Characteristics of Consistent High Organic Growth Public Companies; The Risks of Growth; The Empirical Basis for U.S Growth Beliefs; The Challenges of Scaling a Private Business; Growth and Innovation Systems - Culture and Processes; Learning Systems; and The Organization of the Future in the Smart Machine Age.[9]

Published works[edit]

  • Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence In the Smart Machine Age (with Ludwig) (2017)
  • Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization (2014)
  • The Physics of Business Growth: Mindsets, System and Processes (with Liedtka) (2012)
  • Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Entrepreneurial Businesses (2012)
  • Growing an Entrepreneurial Business: Concepts & Cases (2011)
  • Smart Growth: Building Enduring Businesses by Managing the Risks of Growth (2010)
  • So You Want to Start A Business (with Goetz) (2008)
  • The Road To Organic Growth (2007)
  • Leading with Values: Virtue, Positivity & High Performance (with Cameron) (2006)
  • The Search for Organic Growth (with Kazanjian) (2006)


Smart Growth was named a Top 25 business book in 2010 for business owners by Inc. Magazine,[10] a Top 10 Business Book for 2010 by the Toronto Globe,[11] and was awarded the Wachovia Award for Research Excellence. Learn or Die was an Amazon best seller and was awarded the Wells Fargo Award for Research Excellence.[12]

Hess's work has been featured in Fortune magazine,[13] European Business Review,[14] HBR,[15] SHRM,[16] Fast Company,[17] WIRED,[18] JiJi Press, Forbes,[19] INC.,[20] Huffington Post,[21] Washington Post,[22] Business Week,[23] the Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily,[24] CFO Review,[25] Money Magazine and in more than 400 other global media publications.[26] Additionally, his works have been featured on CNBC Squawk Box,[27] Fox Business News with Maria Bartiroma,[28] Big Think,[29] WSJ Radio,[30] Bloomberg Radio with Kathleen Hayes, Dow Jones Radio, MSNBC Radio, Business Insider,[31] CBS Radio,[32] and Wharton Radio.[33]


  1. ^ Hess, Edward D. "Edward D. Hess | HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Huffington Post.
  2. ^ Hess, Edward D. "Darden School of Business Faculty". Darden.
  3. ^ "Darden bio".
  4. ^ Newswire, PR. "Corporate Growth Expert Ed Hess Joins Darden School Of Business Faculty As Executive-In-Residence Of Batten Institute" (PDF). Seatle Pi. Seattle Post Intelligencer.
  5. ^ "The systems thinker". The Systems Thinker.
  6. ^ Byrne, John A. (5 October 2012). "A Staggering 50,000 Students Will Sign Up For This B-School Course". Poets&Quants. POETS&QUANTS, INC.
  7. ^ Scheer, Jess. "One on One with Ed Hess". Consultingmag.com. Consulting Mag.
  8. ^ "Amazon.com: Edward D. Hess: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  9. ^ "Darden bio". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Edward Hess". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  11. ^ SCHACHTER, HARVEY (2010-12-10). "The top 10 business reads of 2010". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  12. ^ Zunz, Sophie. "UVA Darden Professors Recognized With Awards". Darden News.
  13. ^ "Why Being a CEO Today Means Something Different Than It Once Did". fortune.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  14. ^ "Learn or Die: Every Business Will Be In The Business of Learning | The European Business Review". www.europeanbusinessreview.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  15. ^ "How to Keep Learning and Still Have a Life". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  16. ^ "Maybe HR's Focus Should Be Less Human". SHRM. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  17. ^ "Edward Hess". Fast Company. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  18. ^ Hess, Edward D. "When Robots Come for Our Jobs, Will We Be Ready to Outsmart Them?". WIRED. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  19. ^ "Forbes Magazine: Humility: The No. 1 Job Skill Needed For The Smart Machine Age". www.forbes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  20. ^ "Inc". www.inc.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  21. ^ "Edward D. Hess | HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  22. ^ Hess, Ed; Hess, Ed (2017-02-08). "Coming technology will likely destroy millions of jobs. Is Trump ready?". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  23. ^ Klein, Karen (10 February 2009). "Cutting Startup Costs". Bloomberg.com.
  24. ^ Daily, Investor's Business (2014-10-03). "Rising Executives Flex Learning Muscles; Be A Scholar". Investor's Business Daily. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  25. ^ Segarra, Marielle (2013-09-18). "Innovation: a Make-or-Buy Decision". CFO. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  26. ^ Hess, Ed (8 February 2017). "Coming technology will likely destroy millions of jobs. Is Trump ready?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  27. ^ "The importance of making mistakes". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  28. ^ "The importance of making mistakes". Fox Business. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  29. ^ "Edward Hess". Big Think. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  30. ^ A New Approach to Business: 'Learn or Die', retrieved 2017-06-06
  31. ^ "Edward Hess: Growth Is NOT Linear Or Predictable, And Few Companies Are Doing It Right". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  32. ^ "Will Your Company Grow Itself to Death?". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  33. ^ "Wharton Radio". Retrieved 6 June 2017.