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Professor of Strategic Management

Local Address: Tampa, Florida, United States
University of South Florida
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • doctorate , business administration
    George Washington University
  • bachelor's degree
    Boston College
  • master , business administration
    Babson College
  • master's degree , industrial engineering
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Web References
Session 5
www.nacra.net, 8 Sept 2007 [cached]
Thomas Wheelen, University of Southern Florida
The European Airline Industry Faces the Year 2000
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Thomas L. Wheelen, University of South Florida
Text and Academic Author Association
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, March 20, 2000 -- Two widely recognized authors, Bill Pasewark Sr. and Tom Wheelen, will be inducted into Text and Academic Authors' prestigious Council of Fellows, the association announced.
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Tom Wheelen is a professor of strategic management at the University of South Florida. He won a TAA McGuffey Award for Excellence and Longevity in 1999 for Strategic Management and Business Policy, now in its seventh edition.
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www.textbookprofessionals.com, 1 Feb 2008 [cached]
Tom Wheelen:His McGuffey-winning work defined the new field of strategic marketing
Tom Wheelen:Business author
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Any author who doesn't do this, Wheelen says, will not have a book that survives.He should know.Wheelen's Strategic Management and Business Policy, written with co-author David Hunger, was in its eighth edition in 2000.
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"It is a great honor to be recognized by my peers," Wheelen said in an interview."It is one of the nicest things to be awarded."
What made the book such a success?"Professors want a book that contains current literature and has up-to-date footnotes," Wheelen said in an interview. . "Students want readability."Readability, he said, is what he and Hunger strive for in each edition."It's what makes our book the best."
Wheelen and Hunger wrote the first edition of Strategic Management and Business Policy in the early 1980s as the field of strategic management was just developing.
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To make sure that all of the chapters are connected, Wheelen and Hunger included a model of the process of strategic decision-making.
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The audit provides the student with a complete package of text and illustrations, said Wheelen, so that he or she can do a strategic audit of an assigned case.The audit is revised each edition to reflect changes in the text.
The sixth edition of Strategic Management and Business Policy, which won TAA's McGuffey, was praised by judges as "a solid book that is well-organized and up-to-date with numerous references from business that will appeal to students."Wheelen ranks receiving the McGuffey Award as a highlight of his career -- right up there with his being named to the Ralph E. Beeten Endowed Chair at the University of Virginia.Also, the McGuffey came a surprise."I didn't even know David (Hunger) filled out the application," said Wheelen.
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Wheelen was skeptical about the Essentials book, but Hunger was insistent and eventually talked Wheelen and the publisher into doing the fourth book.
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Wheelen was skeptical about the Essentials book, but Hunger was insistent and eventually talked Wheelen and the publisher into doing the fourth book.
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In addition to his textbooks, Wheelen has also co-developed four software programs: Strategic and Financial Analyzer (ST.FAN), Versions 1.0 and 2.0; and Financial Analyzer (FAN), Versions 1.0 and 1.1, published by Addison Wesley.
Wheelen was graduated from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in 1957.He earned his master's in business administration from Babson College in 1961 and his doctorate in business administration from George Washington University in 1969.In college, he worked for General Electric as a systems programmer.He also took three years of night courses in a manufacturing training program between 1961 and 1964, the equivalent of an master's degree in industrial engineering.
Wheelen was the Ralph Beeton Professor of Free Enterprise at the University of Virginia from 1981 to 1985, but wanted to move south, so he gave it up to become professor of strategic management at the University of South Florida.He won a teaching award at USF in 1997."I like to see students grow," said Wheelen of his love for teaching."I will keep teaching until I lose that."In 2000 he was one of only two authors inducted into Text and Academic Authors' Council of Fellows, a recognition afforded few authors and only after a rigorous nomination and review process.
Wheelen has this advice for new authors:
Know your target market.
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Wheelen has three children: Katharyn, born in 1967; Tom, born in 1968; and Richard, born in 1970.
TAA * Text and Academic Authors Association
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Wheelen teaches in the College of Business at the University of South Florida.
The sixth edition of Strategic Management and Business Policy won a 1999 Text and Academic Authors McGuffey Award for longevity. The judges called it "a solid book that is well-organized and up-to-date with numerous references from business that will appeal to students. Hunger and Wheelen are now working on the seventh edition.
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The first was passed down to Wheelen by another successful author while he was on sabbatical at the University of Arizona.
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Since the field of strategic management was just developing, Hunger and Wheelen had to do a lot of research.
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While Wheelen was the innovator who came up with great ideas and new ways of looking at things, Hunger was the writer and researcher who had to find the facts to back up Wheelen's ideas and make the book fit together.
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"Wheelen is often brilliant, coming up with brand new innovative ways of looking at something without research to say it's true," Hunger said.
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Once the book came out, some people said they really liked the text, but didn't need the cases, so Hunger and Wheelen came out with a 400-page softbound copy that included just the text portion and called it Strategic Management.
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Hunger then talked Wheelen and his publisher into doing a fourth book, Essentials of Strategic Management, that took the 400 pages of text from the original book and boiled them down to 200 pages.
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He and Wheelen developed a model for their book that they use as the "puzzle border. "I find myself taking out old pieces and putting in new ones," he said.
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Wheelen received his doctorate at George Washington University. He worked in management positions for General Electric and the U.S. Navy. He is currently professor of management at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Text and Academic Author Association
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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, June 24, 2000 -- Two senior authors, Bill Pasewark and Tom Wheelen, were inducted into the Council of Fellows of the Text and Academic Authors Association, beribboned medals placed over their shoulders, in a ceremony at the TAA national convention.
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Wheelen, of the University of South Florida, holds a McGuffey as a co-author of the long-time leading textbook Strategic Management and Business Policy. Members of the TAA Council are recognized for contributions of enduring significance.
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