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Finding aid for the Warren Bennis papers

2014 March

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Bennis, Warren G.
Title
Warren Bennis papers
Collection no.
5285
Date
1960s-2005
Extent
14.0 Linear feet, 14 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Warren Bennis papers consist of notebooks containing notes, ideas, and addresses, and bound yearbooks contaning clippings and other material documenting important events of Bennis's career. Warren Bennis (born March 8, 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of Leadership studies.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Warren Bennis papers, Collection no. 5285, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Warren Bennis (born March 8, 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of Leadership studies. Bennis is University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of The Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California. Bennis was born in Westwood, New Jersey and enlisted in the United States Army in 1943, eventually becoming one of the Army’s youngest infantry officers in the European theater of operations. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After leaving the military, Bennis attended Antioch College where he earned his BA in 1951. In 1952, Bennis was awarded an Honors Certificate from London School of Economics, andwas named a Hicks Fellow at MIT. Bennis earned his PhD from MIT in 1955, majoring in Social Sciences and Economics. He joined the faculty and eventually held the post of chairman of the Organizational Studies Department. He went on to serve as provost of the State University of New York at Buffalo and in 1971 was appointed president of the University of Cincinnati. During this period he authored two books on leadership, "The Leaning Ivory Tower" (1973) and "The Unconscious Conspiracy: Why Leaders Can’t Lead" (1976). In 1979 he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California. He has published 27 books, inclluding "Leaders" and "On Becoming A Leader", both translated into 21 languages. "An Invented Life" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Bennis has spent time as an adviser to four United States presidents and several other public figures, and has also consulted for numerous FORTUNE 500 companies. He has also spent time on the faculties of Harvard and Boston Universities and taught at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C), INSEAD and IMD. In addition to his current posts at USC, Bennis serves as chairman of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. He is a visiting professor of leadership at the University of Exeter (UK) and a senior fellow at UCLA’s School of Public Policy and Social Research.

--Adapted from Wikipedia

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Scope and Content

The Warren Bennis papers consist of notebooks containing notes, ideas, and addresses, and bound yearbooks contaning clippings and other material documenting important events of Bennis's career.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 March
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of Southern California. -- Faculty

Genre(s)

  • Notebooks
  • Yearbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Bennis, Warren G. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Leadership--Study and teaching--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box

 Notebooks 1960s-1990s 

1
Box Box Box Box Box Box

 Yearbooks 1994-2005 

7-9 2-3 4-6 10-11 12-14 15-16

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