Warner P. Woodworth

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Warner P. Woodworth is a professor in the Department of Organizations Leadership and Strategy in the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU). He is a leading advocate of development of micro-credit and has been involved in researching as well as developing such programs.

Woodworth graduated from South High School (Salt Lake City) in 1960. Woodworth holds BS and MS degrees from BYU and an MA and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has also held various visiting scholar appointments including as the first Peter Drucker Centennial Scholar at the Drucker School of Management of Claremont Graduate University.

Among other positions, Woodworth has served as co-editor of the Journal of Microfinance.

Among the organizations Woodworth has helped to found have been Enterprise Mentors International, Unitas Microcredit and HELP-International. Woodworth currently serves as chairman of the board of HELP International. HELP International was an outgrowth of HELP Honduras, which was an organization formed to provide aid in Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch.

He is also the founder of MicroBusiness Mentors.[1]

Among the books Woodworth has co-authored are Small Really is Beautiful (1997), United For Zion: Principles for Uniting the Saints to Eliminate Poverty and Working Toward Zion co-authored with James W. Lucas (1999).

In the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Woodworth was involved in forming the group Sustain Haiti.[2]

Woodworth has been a consistent and vocal critic of the growing trend of for-profit organizations entering into operations that they have claimed constitute micro-financing.


  • "Where to Microfinance" with Christopher Dunford and Gary M. Woller.
  • "Microfinance as Grass-Roots Policy for International Development" in Policy Studies Journal Vol. 29, Issue 2 (May 2001), p. 267-282.
  • Managing by the Numbers: Absentee Ownership and the Decline of American Industry with Christopher Meek and W. Gibb Dyer. ISBN 0-201-16129-X
  • "Third World Economic Empowerment in the New Millennium: Microenterprise, Microentrepreneurship, and Microfinance" in S.A.M. Advanced Management Journal Vol. 65 (2000) no. 4.
  • Creating Labor-Management Partnerships also with Christopher Meek. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1995.