Davis Dyer

Davis Dyer

Founding Director


Winthrop Highlights

  • Founding Director, 1982-Present


  • Harvard University, Ph.D. History
  • Harvard University, A.B. History

Notable Clients

  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Corning
  • Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Emerson
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

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About Dave

Dave is a co-founder and director of The Winthrop Group and senior partner and Director of Research at Rosc Global, a merchant banking and advisory services firm.  Previously he was a partner and group leader with Monitor, the global professional services firm. He is an expert on the evolution of organizations, and the author or co-author of books, articles, and management case studies, including After the Harkness Gift: A History of Phillips Exeter Academy (with Julia Heskel); Performance without Compromise: How Emerson Consistently Achieves Winning Results (with legendary Emerson CEO Charles F. Knight); Rising Tide: Lessons from 165 Years of Brand Building at Procter & Gamble (with Frederick Dalzell and Rowena Olegario); TRW 1901-2001: A Tradition of Innovation; The Generations of Corning: The Life and Times of a Global Corporation (with Daniel Gross); and Changing Fortunes: Remaking the Industrial Corporation (with Nitin Nohria and Frederick Dalzell). Dyer writes, teaches, and consults widely on strategic management.  A former associate editor of Harvard Business Review, he also advises individuals and organizations on communications and publications strategies.

Related Work

Charles F. Knight

Charles F. Knight

Winthrop helped legendary CEO Chuck Knight explain how he balanced impressive consistency and fundamental change
Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic

Compelling, authentic, and emotionally engaging history in a video documentary format
Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble

A business history bestseller marked the beginning of a client relationship lasting more than a decade.


October 2013

David S. Landes: An Appreciation

With the recent passing of economic historian David Landes at age 89, the curtain has fallen on an academic career of extraordinary historical significance. One of the all-time greats, Landes produced several masterworks, including:

March 2013

Why Good Leaders Don’t Need Charisma

When you read the business press, it’s easy to get the impression that all you need to do to make your company great is add a charismatic CEO. Find the next Steve Jobs, Jack Welch or Phil Knight and you’re halfway home.