Bruce R. Scott is the Paul W. Cherington Professor of Business Administration. His particular area of interest is the impact of public policy on the business environment. From 1963 to 1968 he lived in Europe and researched the French system of industrial planning. In 1972 he was asked to head the required MBA course which has subsequently been named Business, Government and the International Economy. Since 1979 he has taught in various executive education programs as well as a second year MBA elective in Economic Strategies of Nations.
For several years his research and writing have focused on a book that is titled Capitalism: Its Origins and Evolution as a System of Governance, which was published in 2010.
His outside activities have included participation in the scenario planning activities of Royal Dutch/Shell, a scenario analysis of the Venezuelan economy (1983-85) and similar analyses of the prospects for transition in South Africa (1990-91, and for Luxembourg (1997).
His books are Industrial Planning in France (with John McArthur), U.S. Competitiveness in the World Economy (with George Lodge), South Africa: Prospects for Successful Transition (with Robert S.K. Tucker), and EUROPE 2012 Globalisation et Cohesion Sociale: Les Scenarios Luxembourgeois.
In 1991 Professor Scott was appointed by the U.S. Senate as one of its four representatives on the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council, an advisory board established by the Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988.
Professor Scott holds a B.A. in economics (Swarthmore College, 1954) and M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard Business School (1958, 1963).
Professor Scott is married, with three children and three stepchildren. His extracurricular interests focus on making trails in the woods in New Hampshire.