Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus
A graduate of the University of Redlands, William J. "Bill" Bruns also earned degrees at Harvard (M.B.A.) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.). In 1976 the University of Redlands awarded him the degree Doctor of Business Administration (honorary). Previously, Professor Bruns held appointments on the faculties of Yale University and the University of Washington. On retirement he taught eleven years as a Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Northeastern.
Professor Bruns has extensive experience in executive education programs and has taught in the Advanced Management Program, the Owner/President Managers Program, the International Senior Managers Program, and the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He is author of Accounting for Managers: Text and Cases (South-WesternPublishing Co., 1994; Second Edition, 1999; Third Edition, 2005); Performance Measurement, Evaluation, and Incentives (Harvard Business School Press, 1992); co-author (with Sharon M. McKinnon) of The Information Mosaic (Harvard Business School Press, 1992); (with Robert S. Kaplan) of Accounting and Management: Field Study Perspectives (Harvard Business School Press, 1987); (with M. Edgar Barrett) of Case Problems in Management Accounting (R.D. Irwin, 1982 and 1985); and (with Richard F. Vancil) A Primer on Replacement Cost Accounting (Thomas Horton and Daughters, 1976). He is also author of Introduction to Accounting: Economic Measurement for Decisions (Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1971); Accounting for Decisions: A Business Game (Macmillan Co.,1966); and co-editor (with Don T. DeCoster) of Accounting and Its Behavioral Implications (McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1969).
Professor Bruns is married, with four adult sons (two of whom head their own businesses) and a daughter, Stacy (Anastasia), adopted in 1999.