J. Sterling Livingston

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J. Sterling Livingston in 2009

J. Sterling Livingston (June 7, 1916 – February 14, 2010) was an American entrepreneur, management consultant, and professor at the Harvard Business School for 25 years.

Early life[edit]

Sterling was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 7, 1916, and grew up in and near Chino, Glendale and Pomona, California.[1] He worked as a wiper on board a cargo ship, then attended Glendale Junior College, the University of Southern California and the Harvard Business School, where he received his Master of Business Administration in 1940.[1] During the Second World War he taught the Navy Supply Corps.[1]


Following the war Sterling received his PhD in Business Administration from Harvard, where he became a professor and taught for 25 years.[1] His articles "Myth of the Well-Educated Manager" and "Pygmalion in Management" were published in the Harvard Business Review.[1] He founded or co-founded several consulting companies including the Logistics Management Institute.[1]


Sterling died on February 14, 2010, and was buried at the Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "J. Sterling Livingston". Legacy.com. February 28, 2010. Retrieved June 18, 2010.

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