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Arch GA 18.200

Dooley, Arch R. Arch R. Dooley Papers, 1933-1995: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University


Harvard Business School, Boston MA 02163.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Arch GA 18.200
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Arch R. Dooley papers
Date(s): 1933-1995
Quantity: 40.5 linear feet (125 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The papers of Harvard Business School professor Arch R. Dooley contain correspondence and subject files, teaching files, research and writing, consulting, outside HBS work, administrative files, and audiovisual material.


Gift of Mrs. Patricia Dooley, April 1998.

Processing Information:

Processed: March 2000
By: Sean Perrone

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Arch R. Dooley Papers. HBS Archives. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Arch R. Dooley was born in Oklahoma City in 1925. He graduated from Yale University in 1944. He attended Harvard Business School and received his MBA in 1950 and Doctor of Commercial Science (DCS) in 1960.
Before joining the faculty at Harvard Business School, Dooley was an Assistant Professor at Oklahoma City University from 1947-1948. He was an Assistant Professor and then Assistant Dean of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina from 1950-1954. He came to Harvard Business School in 1954 as Assistant Professor of Business Administration. He advanced to Associate Professor in 1960 and to Professor in 1965. He was named the School's first Jesse Philips Professor of Manufacturing in 1969. He retired from the active faculty in 1991. Harvard Business School bestowed the Distinguished Service Award on Dooley in 1993.
Dooley's teaching duties at Harvard Business School included various MBA, doctoral, and executive program courses in the fields of production, manufacturing, entrepreneurial management, and new venture formation. His research interests were in manufacturing and entrepreneurship. He was especially interested in computer-based automation of manufacturing operations. He also played a major role in preserving Harvard Business School's commitment to production and operations management in the 1960s. In 1969, Dooley proposed and began to develop an executive education program for small business owner-managers (the Owner/President Management Program). Dooley served as the faculty chairman from the program's first session in 1972 until 1981. During his last 25 years, Dooley served as a consultant to 26 international business schools and taught in Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East.
He was also a consultant to many corporations, including American Telephone and Telegraph, General Electric, Texas Instruments, and Monsanto Chemical Corporation. He also served on the Board of Directors of Joan Industries, Inc., Joan Fabrics Corporation, Joan Automotive Industries, Inc., and ABDM Associates.
He authored numerous books and articles, including Business management of credit bureaus (1953), Operations planning and control (1964), and Administering industrial relocation (1968).
Arch R. Dooley died on March 31, 1997 in Boston.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The papers of Arch R. Dooley contain speeches, correspondence (letters sent and received), manuscripts, clippings, agendas, bulletins, administrative materials, teaching materials (e.g., case studies, handouts, lecture notes, examinations, etc.), research materials (e.g., questionnaires, notes, and reports), company reports, and so forth. These materials primarily correspond to the years 1949-1995 and relate to Dooley's work at Harvard Business School (HBS). The collection is divided into seven series (Correspondence, Subject Files; HBS Teaching Files; HBS Research and Writing; HBS Outside Activities; HBS Executive Education Programs; HBS Administrative Files; and Audio and Video materials).
The history of Harvard Business School is reflected in these series: papers relating to the POM teaching area (Series II); the Small Company Management Program (now the Owner/President Management Program) that Dooley organized and launched in 1970 (Series VI); and the efforts of Harvard Business School to aid business education in other countries (Series V).

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