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James P. Baughman papers

1962-1994
 Collection
Accession: 2483

Abstract

James Porter Baughman (1936-) was a professor of business history at the Harvard Business School and later served as director of Crotonville, The General Electric Company's management development institute in Ossining, New York. This collection of Baughman's personal and professional papers documents some of his teaching career at Harvard Business School. However, the bulk of the collection is papers generated during his consulting and teaching work at General Electric.

Dates

  • 1962-1994

Creator

Extent

2 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

James Porter Baughman (1936-) was a professor of business history at the Harvard Business School and later served as director of Crotonville, The General Electric Company's management development institute in Ossining, New York. Baughman was born August 8, 1936 in Houston, Texas, and earned his undergraduate degree at Rice University in 1957. After graduating from Rice, Baughman attended Tulane University in New Orleans, where he earned his Master of Arts and PhD in history and economics. He became an instructor at Tulane University from 1958 to 1961, and briefly taught at the University of Houston before receiving a teaching position at Harvard University in 1962, where he remained until 1980. During his tenure there, Baughman worked as a consultant for a vast array of public and private firms, including IBM, AT+T, and J. P. Morgan. Baughman was invited to become President of the Iranian Center for Management Studies and lectured at major universities throughout the United States. He also authored several books and articles on the subject of current and future business management.

Following his tenure at Harvard, Baughman was named director of Crotonville, General Electric’s management development institute in Ossining, New York. According to GE CEO John Welch, Crotonville was the “most successful educational management program ever seen.” "The Pit" at Crotonville, an amphitheater seating one hundred business managers, became a highly praised program in which future leaders of major companies participated. Crotonville was one of the most successful inventions produced by General Electric. Accordingly, Baughman traveled worldwide to lecture and teach business management. Following his years at General Electric, Baughman was named Corporate Head of Leadership and Organizational Development at J. P. Morgan + Co.

Arrangement

Each series is predominantly in chronological order and kept to Baughman’s original organizational scheme as much as possible.

Scope and Content

This collection of James P. Baughman's personal and professional papers documents some of his teaching career at Harvard Business School. However, the bulk of the collection is papers generated during his consulting and teaching work at General Electric. In addition, the collection contains records from his work at J.P. Morgan & Co., reviews of his books and his reviews of others, and personal letters that Baughman wrote to senators such as Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and former President Richard Nixon expressing his distaste for the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Related Material

James P. Baughman Notes on General Electric Company (Accession 1888), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

James P. Baughman papers (Accession 2708), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

Gift of James P. Baughman

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
James P. Baughman papers
Status:
Author:
Samantha Smith
Date:
2012.
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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