Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty

Ross A. Webber, Emeritus Professor of Management

Ross A. Webber is Emeritus Professor at the Wharton School and President of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty. He was formerly Faculty Assistant to the President, Chairman of Wharton's Management Department and Penn's Vice President of Development and University Relations. During his time as Vice President, Penn was awarded the Council of Advancement and Support of Education's award for the best annual giving and communications programs among U.S. universities. At Wharton he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior, leadership and human resource management as well as serving as first Academic Director of the Wharton Executive Development Program at Wharton's Aresty Institute. In 2002 he was awarded Wharton's Director's Award for outstanding teaching.

Until 2006 Webber served as a Director, Audit Committee member, and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ARCADIS, NV, a multinational engineering firm headquartered in The Netherlands. From 1986 to 2003, he served as a Director, member of the Executive and Audit Committees, and Chairman of the Compensation Committee for American Water Works Company, Inc, the largest water utility holding company in the United States. Webber formerly served on the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees, Cooper Hospital Health System, and as a Director of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Webber earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and his B.S.E. at Princeton University. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He started his career as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy serving as Operations Officer on a destroyer. Following the Navy, he was an industrial engineer at Eastman Kodak Company.

Webber has published numerous books:

  • Culture and Management: Text and Readings Comparative Management (1969)
  • Time and Management (1972)
  • Management Pragmatics: Cases and Readings on Basic Elements of Managing Organizations (1979)
  • Time is Money: Tested Tactics that Conserve Time for Top Executives (1980)
  • To Be a Manager: Essentials of Management (1981)
  • Organizational Behavior and the Practice of Management (1982)
  • Management: Basic Elements of Managing Organizations (1984)
  • Becoming a Courageous Manager: Overcoming Career Problems of New Managers (1991)
  • Breaking Your Time Barriers: Becoming a Strategic Time Manager (1991)

His most recent books are:

  • The Dog Ate My Budget: Tales about Teaching and Managing in the Ivy Tower (2008)
  • Into the Red Sea: Tales from a Cold War Sailor (2011)
  • Time Fighters/Time Lovers (2012)

Various of these books have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish and Polish. He has been a guest of ABC's "Good Morning America," CNN's "Business in Review," A&E's "Biography," and National Public Radio's "Fresh Air."


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