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Arch GA 92.2

Walton, Richard E. Richard E. Walton Papers, 1968-1995: 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 92.2
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: Richard E. Walton papers
Date(s): 1968-1995
Quantity: 5.75 linear feet (14 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The papers of Harvard Business School professor Richard E. Walton include teaching material, research and writings.


Gift of M. Dole, May 1997

Processing Information:

Processed: August 1997
By: Jeffrey Mifflin

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research. Materials stored offsite; access requires advance notice. HBS Archives collections require a secondary registration form, please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: Richard E. Walton Papers. HBS Archives. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

Richard E. Walton was originally from Elkhart, Indiana. He studied political science at Purdue University and received his B.A. in 1953. As a Fulbright Scholar, he went toVictoria University in Wellington, New Zealand for a year in 1953. He then returned toPurdue University to complete his master's degree in economics in 1954. He earned his DBA from the Harvard Business School in 1959.
He began his teaching career at the University of Maryland as an instructor in 1955.After receiving his DBA, Walton joined the Purdue faculty as a visiting associate professor in 1959, and he advanced to professor in 1965. He joined the Harvard BusinessSchool faculty as Professor of Business Administration in 1968. He was director of the Division of Research from 1969 to 1976, and he received the Jesse Isidor Straus Professorship in 1983.
Walton specialized in organizational change, conflict resolution, and behavioral science.His research focused on creating a more participative and "democratic" system ofworkforce management and decision making. He has authored or co-authored thirty-twobooks and written more than three dozen articles.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists teaching records, research material and writings of Harvard Business School professor Richard E. Walton. Included in the teaching material are notes, plans and information collected for case studies. Much of Walton's research material focuses on innovation of labor-management practices of the steel industry in the United States. The material includes correspondence with union executives and members, field notes and interview transcriptions. Also included are reprints of publications and copies of papers presented by Walton at conferences.

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