Professor of Management
|Department:||Office of Dean
Darla Moore School of Business
Darla Moore School of Business, Room 354
|Resources:||Curriculum Vitae [pdf]|
Peter J. Brews is Dean of the Darla Moore School of Business. His professional career started in investment banking/corporate finance and then moved into higher education where, after earning graduate degrees in both law and business and two Ph.D.s, he taught business law, economics, finance, corporate strategy/strategic management and international business while conducting research at three leading universities (the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, Duke University and UNC – Chapel Hill). His accomplishments range from world-class researcher/teacher as individual contributor (he holds multiple awards for both), to academic entrepreneur in the proposal and leadership of innovative high-value academic programs, to transformational leader of DMSB of the 6,150 student strong premier academic brand of the University of South Carolina. By transforming its 5,400 student undergraduate program and restructuring its No. 1-ranked IMBA program, Brews has better positioned DMSB to compete. Equipping students to disrupt through data and now achieving stellar student outcomes, DMSB may be the first business school in the United States to ensure every undergraduate leaves data proficient, analytically capable and functionally based, ready for high-value, complex, 21st-century work. Further, with five of seven departments in the top 25 worldwide for research productivity, DMSB also leads in research. World-class research, teaching and student services, core to leading academic institutions, are present in abundance at DMSB.
Brews has published in Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive, Business Strategy Review, Long Range Planning, The South African Journal of Business Management, The South African Company Law Journal, The Investment Analysts' Journal, The Financial Times and other journals and publications. His early research centered on corporate growth through M&As and on strategy formation and how environmental volatility moderates strategic planning and its effect on economic performance. He then pioneered research into Internet Generation Companies and was possibly first in the world to show how the internet enabling of business operations and supply chains affected firm strategy, structure, scope and performance. Brews has also written or supervised 23 cases on strategy and strategy formation, corporate finance and, most recently, on international and post-industrial business. Prior to becoming dean companies often invited him to share his views on the structure and evolution of the global economy, on the struggle for productivity worldwide, focusing on how nations, firms and individuals cope with the fast-changing, complex, global economy of the early 21st century, and on how the internet/IT are altering business practice and competitiveness. He also taught and consulted internationally in these fields. Firms he worked with include Ford Motor Company, Eastman Chemical Company, Merrill Lynch, Progress Energy, The Boeing Company, Barclays Bank PLC and the Rank Organization in Great Britain, Siemens AG in Germany, Lucent Technologies Asia/Pacific (H.K.) Ltd., The Mandarin Hotel Group of Hong Kong, LG of South Korea and Standard Bank and Telkom in South Africa.