Jack Meredith received his undergraduate degrees in engineering and mathematics from Oregon State University and his PhD and MBA from University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his teaching career he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, Ampex Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, Douglas Aircraft Company, and TRW Systems Group. He has also consulted for the National Research Council (Washington), the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (Cincinnati), Illinois Institute of Technology, Digital Equipment Corp., Aluminum Co. of America, Warner-Amex, Spectrum Publishing, Educational Testing Service (of Princeton), Industrial Technology Institute, Cincinnati Milacron, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, and John Wiley & Sons. He was Director of Operations and Industrial Management at the University of Cincinnati from 1976-1995 before moving to Wake Forest University. He has co-authored five textbooks for college classes: Operations Management for MBAs (Wiley), Quantitative Business Modeling (South-Western), Project Management: A Managerial Approach (Wiley), Operations Management: A Process Approach with Spreadsheets (Wiley), and Project Management in Practice (Wiley). He was the founding and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Operations Management Research, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Operations Management from 1994-2002, and was the production/operations management series editor for John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Dr. West joined the Wake Forest University faculty in 1995. He has taught undergraduate and graduate Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, International Entrepreneurship, Capitalism and Free Markets, and Shakespeare on Management. His experience includes teaching internationally in London (UK), Venice (IT) and Vienna (Austria), and he had held a visiting position at École de Management in Bordeaux (FR). He has won awards for innovative teaching three times, and has twice won an award for the most influential undergraduate business professor as determined by alumni.
His research focuses on strategy in new ventures and on business conduct in free markets. He has published articles in Academy of Management Learning and Education, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Technology Transfer, Management Research Review, Simulation and Gaming, and Strategic Direction. He has also co-edited books on the 2008 financial crisis, and on entrepreneurship education. The 6th edition of his textbook Strategic Management (Riderwood Publishing, 2020) has just been introduced. Since 2019 his text has been the leading digital strategy textbook on the world’s leading digital textbook hosting platform.
In addition to his teaching and research Dr. West started up the Wake Forest university-wide entrepreneurship program, which is now the largest minor in the college. He also founded the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism. In support of these efforts he raised over $4 million for Wake Forest University.
He earned his B. A. in Economics at Hamilton College, MBA at The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and Ph.D. in Strategic Management at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to earning his Ph.D. he held positions in marketing and new business development for 17 years at consumer packaged goods companies including General Mills and Celestial Seasonings, and consulted with Westinghouse and other technology companies. He also started up his own food manufacturing company, raised venture capital, and expanded the business to a national level.