About the Author

Barry Barnes

Barry Barnes, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Management at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where he taught graduate-level courses in leadership, strategic decision-making, and organizational behavior. Barry has taught in Germany, China, Brazil, The Bahamas and Jamaica. He spent 20 years in industry with IBM, John Deere, and other companies, and he has owned four small businesses.

Barry has worked with many executive education clients from around the US including DHL, Exxon, TracFone Wireless, Inc., Burger King, Buffalo Wild Wings, Two Men and a Truck, Centex Construction, SBA Communications, McCallister’s Deli, Miami-Dade Schools, Chubb & Sons Insurance, BankAtlantic, and Visa International. He is also a speaker who has addressed the Materials Handling Industry Association of America, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Florida, GEICO Insurance, and OmniComm Systems, Inc.

Barry’s research into the innovative and improvisational business practices of The Grateful Dead have brought him national media attention including articles in The Atlantic, Business Week, the New York Times, the Financial Times — German edition, and the Sunday Times of London Magazine. He has also been interviewed on the CBS Evening News, the Fox Business Channel, Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio, The World Today on the BBC World Service, The Strand on the BBC, and The Conversation on Seattle Public Radio.

He has published articles on strategy, leadership and change in the International Journal of Organizational Analysis, The International Journal of Business Research, Review of Business Research, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, and several other journals. Some of his work on the Grateful Dead has been published in Superior Customer Value in the New Economy: Concepts, Cases and Applications, The Grateful Dead in Concert: Essays on Live Improvisation, and Dead Letters: Essays on the Grateful Dead Phenomenon, Volume IV.

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