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Arch GA 86

Thomas, David A., 1956-. David A. Thomas Papers, 1981-2008: 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 86
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Creator: David A. Thomas
Title: David A. Thomas papers
Date(s): 1981-2008
Quantity: 58 linear feet (118 boxes, 7 cartons)
Quantity: 251 Megabytes (content from 182 disks)
Quantity: 1 website
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection includes papers of Harvard Business School professor David A. Thomas documenting his research, teaching, administrative, and professional activities.


The David A. Thomas Papers (Accession numbers A-12-05 and A-15-002) were received by Baker Library Special Collections from David A. Thomas in 2011 with additions received in 2014.

Processing Information:

Processed: October 2016
By: Liam Sullivan
Digital content on physical media has been extracted when possible. Files were surveyed, screened for privacy and confidentiality concerns, and transferred to secure storage. Content open for research is described at the series and folder levels below.
Audiovisual content on physical media has not been reformatted.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.
Materials stored onsite. Please contact specialcollectionsref@hbs.edu for more information.
Restricted material has been identified and separated. Note that box and folder lists of restricted material have been redacted.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: David A. Thomas Papers. HBS Archives. Baker Library. Harvard Business School.

Biographical Note:

David A. Thomas is a recognized thought leader in the discipline of strategic human resource management. His research addresses issues related to executive development, cultural diversity in organizations, leadership, and organizational change. Thomas was born September 26, 1956 in Kansas City, MO. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1978, and Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University in 1981. Thomas then returned to Yale where he received a Master of Philosophy in 1984 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1986, upon completion of his dissertation: An Intra-Organizational Analysis of Differences in Black and White Patterns of Sponsorship and the Dynamics of Cross-Racial Mentoring. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania hired Thomas as Assistant Professor of Management in 1986. Thomas joined the faculty at Harvard Business School in 1990 as an Assistant Professor. He received tenure in 1998 and was awarded the position of H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration in 2000. From 2005 to 2008 he served as Senior Associate Dean and Director of Faculty Recruitment, and additionally took on the position of Unit Head for the Organizational Behavior Unit from 2006 to 2011. In the Organizational Behavior Unit, Thomas taught required curriculum courses on Leadership and Organizational Behavior and an elective course entitled Power and Influence; he also developed and taught the elective course Self-Assessment and Career Development. In the Executive Education program, Thomas served as faculty chair for Strategic Human Resource Management and led the Public Education Leadership Project. During his tenure at HBS, Thomas researched and wrote over 60 articles and case studies, and co-authored two books: Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America, with John J. Gabarro (1999); and Leading for Equity: The Pursuit of Excellence in Montgomery County Public Schools, with Stacey M. Childress and Dennis P. Doyle (2009). In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Thomas served as a consultant to corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, and sat on the boards of several organizations, including Cambridge Trust Company, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners Healthcare, Center for Creative Leadership, and the Posse Foundation.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

This collection reflects the work of David A. Thomas as a teacher, researcher, writer, and administrative leader at Harvard Business School. Materials include correspondence, teaching notes, classroom materials, overhead slides, instructional videos, offprints, articles, case studies, drafts of writings, interview recordings on audiocassette and in written transcripts, interview and coding guides, datasets, meeting and committee files, speeches, consulting agreements, student assignments, and Thomas's personal, student, tenure, and office files. The collection is divided into seven series: I. Correspondence and Subject Files; II. HBS Teaching Files; III. Research and Project Files; IV. Outside Activities; V. HBS Administrative Files; VI. HBS Student Files; and VII. Biographical Files.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Business education
Business history
Audio tapes
Electronic documents
Floppy disks
Video tapes