John C. Camillus

Donald R Beall Professor of Strategic Management
Organizations and Entrepreneurship
338 Mervis Hall

Business of Humanity ®


Doctor of Business Administration, Harvard University
Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Bachelor of Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

Courses Recently Taught

Strategic Planning Systems (PhD)
Strategic Management (EMBA and MBA)
Strategic Planning and Control (MBA)
Chindia (EMBA)
Strategic Visioning for a Global Future (EMBA)
Business of Humanity: Strategic Planning in the Era of Globalization, Innovation and Shared Value (EMBA)



John C. Camillus has been on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business since 1977. He has held the Donald R. Beall Endowed Chair in Strategic Management since 1991. In addition to teaching in the MBA and doctoral programs, Camillus has been extensively involved in designing and offering executive education programs for practicing managers in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, he was Professor of Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Camillus served as Associate Dean - the chief operating officer and chief academic officer of the Katz School-from 1982 to 1990. He also served as Executive Associate Dean in 2007 and 2008.

His research on strategic planning and management control has been funded by diverse organizations including the National Science Foundation, the Touche-Ross Foundation, the Copeland Fund, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, the American Productivity and Quality Center, the University Research Council and the National Energy Technology Laboratory. He has published extensively in professional journals (including Harvard Business ReviewSloan Management Review, Long Range Planning, Management Science, European Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, and Academy of Management Review). He has also served on editorial boards, authored three books, and coauthored a fourth.

Camillus has served as a consultant to over 80 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, chemical and energy industries, professional service firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations in the arts, museum, education, professional membership, economic development, foundation, religion, and health arenas.

Camillus has been elected to the Sigma Xi scientific research society and the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, and has been cited three times by the Foundation for Administrative Research for "contributions to corporate and organizational planning."

He is a Trustee of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and serves on the boards of several other organizations including the Andy Warhol Museum and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. His public service has been recognized by the Senate of Pennsylvania and he received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award in 2006. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India's premier business school in 2011.

Camillus has received numerous awards in recognition of teaching excellence, including the Best Teacher Award at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the University-wide Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh.

Research Interest Areas

Strategic Planning and Management Control - Processes and Systems

Selected Publications

"Organizational Identity and the Business Environment: The Strategic Connection,"International Journal of Business Environment, Vol. IV, No. 4, (2011), pp. 306-314.

"Strategy as a Wicked Problem," Harvard Business Review, (May 2008), pp. 98-106.

"Continual Corporate Entrepreneurial Search for Long-Term Growth," (with Gaurab Bhardwaj and David A. Hounshell), Management Science, Vol. LII, No. 2, (February, 2006), pp. 248-261.

"The Search Process and Dimensions of Long-term Growth" (with Gaurab Bhardwaj and David Hounshell) in Steve W. Floyd, Johan Roos, Claus D. Jacobs, and Franz Kellermanns (eds.), Innovating Strategy Process (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005), pp. 213-226.

"The Essence of Process: Effective Strategic Planning in Practice," in Bala Chakravarthy, Guenter Mueller-Stevens, Peter Lorange, and Christopher Lechner (eds.), Strategy Process: Shaping the Contours of the Field, (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2003), pp. 97-109.

"Managing the Future: Planning Paradigms and Scenario Development," General Management Review (with Dong-Gil Ko), (April-June, 2001), pp. 21-31.

Strategic Planning and Management Control: Systems for Survival and Success. (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1986).

Budgeting for Profit. (Revised edition, paperback and hardbound), (Radnor, PA: Chilton Publishing Company, 1984).

"Visionary Action: Strategic Processes in Fast-Cycle Environments," Strategy & Leadership, (with Richard T. Sessions and Ron Webb), Vol. XXVI, (January, 1998), pp. 20-24

"Shifting the Strategic Management Paradigm," European Management Journal, Vol. XV, No. 1, (February, 1997), pp. 1-7.

"Do Your Planning Processes Meet the Reality Test?" Long Range Planning, Vol. XXIX, No. 6 (with William S. Gilmore), (December, 1996), pp. 869-879.

"Reinventing Strategic Planning," Strategy and Leadership, Vol. XXIV, No. 3, (May-June, 1996), pp. 6-12.

"Crafting the Competitive Corporation: Management Systems for Future Organizations," in Lorange, et. al., Implementing Strategic Processes: Change, Learning and Cooperation, (Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 1993), pp. 313-328.

"Managing Strategic Issues in a Turbulent Environment," (with Deepak Datta), Long Range Planning, (April, 1991), pp. 67-74.

"Objective-Based Evaluation of Strategic Planning Systems," (with V. Ramanujam and N. Venkatraman), Omega, Vol. XIV, No. 4, (1986), pp. 299-306.

"Multi-objective Assessment of Strategic Planning Effectiveness: A Discriminant Analysis Approach," (with V. Ramanujam and N. Venkatraman), Academy of Management Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 2, (June, 1986), pp. 347-372.

"Corporate Strategy and the Design of Computerized Information Systems," (with Albert L. Lederer), Sloan Management Review, Vol. XXVI, No. 3, (Spring, 1985), pp. 35-42.

"Technology and Market-Driven Life Cycles: Implications for Multinational Corporate Strategy," The Columbia Journal of World Business, Vol. XIX, No. 2, (Summer, 1984), pp. 56-60.

"Exploring the Concept of 'Fit' in Strategic Management," (With N. Venkatraman),Academy of Management Review, Vol. IX, No. 3, (July, 1984), pp. 513-525.

"Designing a Capital Budgeting System That Works," Long Range Planning, Vol. XVII, No. 2, (April, 1984), pp. 103-110.

"Reconciling Synoptic Formalism and Logical Incrementalism: An Integrated Approach to Designing Strategic Planning Process," Strategic Management Journal, Vol. III, No. 3, (1982), pp. 277-283.

"Corporate Strategy and Executive Action: Transition Stages and Linkage Dimensions,"Academy of Management Review, Vol. VI, No. 2, (April, 1981), pp. 253-259.

"Six Approaches to Preventive Management Control," Financial Executive, Vol. XLVIII, No. 12, (December, 1980), pp. 28-31.

"Operational Planning: the Integration of Programming and Budgeting," (with John H. Grant), Academy of Management Review, Vol. V, No. 3, (July, 1980), pp. 369-379.

"Plotting the Planner's Place," Planning Review, Vol. VII. No. 4, (July, 1979), pp. 13-16.

"Evaluating the Benefits of Formal Planning Systems," Long Range Planning, Vol. VIII, No. 3, (June, 1975), pp. 33-40.

Awards and Honors (Selected)

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 2011

Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2006.

Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1988.

Best Teacher Award, Indian Institute of Management, 1976.

Gold Medal for Scholastic Merit, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1968.

Distinguished Professor Award for Teaching Excellence, Executive MBA class of 1986, 1996, and 2011.

Distinguished Professor Award for Teaching Excellence, FLEX MBA class of 1998.

Outstanding Teacher Award, International Management Center, Budapest, 1990.

Excellence in Teaching Award, MBA Programs, 2002, 2010, 2011.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Executive MBA, 2004, 2011.

Excellence in Teaching Award, International Executive MBA, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011.

Devidayal Cable Industries Scholarship for standing first in the first year of the Two-Year Post-Graduate Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1966-1968).

Government of India Merit Scholarship (1961-1966).

IIMA /Ford Foundation Fellowship (1968-1972).

Best Paper on Corporate and Organizational Planning, 1983 (jointly with N. Venkatraman), awarded by the Foundation for Administrative Research and The Planning Review.

External Service and Assignments

Trustee, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Board Member, Andy Warhol Museum

Executive Vice Chair, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council

Editorial Boards of Strategy and Leadership, Vikalpa, Vilakshan, and Long Range Planning. Associate Editor of International Journal of Business Environment.

Chair, President and Vice President, Planning Forum, Pittsburgh Chapter

Consulting Activities

Served as a consultant (in strategic planning and control and organizational design) to over 80 organizations, including Fortune 500 companies in manufacturing, chemical and energy industries, and also to professional service firms, government agencies and nonprofit organizations in the arts, museum, education, professional membership, economic development, foundation, religion, and health areas.

Personal Interests

High output IC engines in mobility applications.