JOHN S. BUTLER

INVESTOR | AUTHOR | DIRECTOR

ABOUT ME

Who I am

John Sibley Butler was born on July 19, 1947, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Thojest and Johnnie Mae Butler. While attending the Washington Parish schools, Butler was in the honor society and played the trombone in the school band; he also was active in Little League baseball and the Boy Scouts.

Butler served in Vietnam in the 1960s. In 1969, he earned his B.A. degree from Louisiana State University. Continuing his education at Northwestern University as a Fellow of Social Change, Butler received his Ph.D. in sociology in 1974. After receiving his degrees, Butler taught M.B.A. programs in Mexico and Japan. Butler was the founding editor of the National Journal of Sociology, which he edited for 15 years. In 1988, the University of California at Berkeley sought Butler for a think tank on Testing and American Organizations.

Butler authored several books, published numerous journal articles, and was recognized with several awards. Butler was also one of the distinguished professors selected for the election committee advisory board for then Texas governor George W. Bush in 2000.

Butler became the J. Marion West Chair for Constructive Capitalism of the Department of Management in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin in 1999.  In 2002, he became the Director of the IC2 Institute, an organization dedicated to the creation of new ventures throughout the world, where he also held the Herb Kelleher Chair for Entrepreneurship and Business and was the Sam Barshop Research Fellow. He also holds a joint appointment in Organizational Behavior in the College of Liberal Arts, where he holds the Darrell K. Royal Regents Professorship in Ethics and American Society (Sociology). His research is in the areas of Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship/New Ventures.

Butler served on the board of directors for Morehouse Research Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Langston University National Institute for the Study of Minority Enterprise. In 2006, Butler was appointed by President Bush to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board; he was reappointed in 2007.

His research appears in professional journals and books. For the last seven years, Professor Butler has occupied the Distinguished Visiting Professor position at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, where he lectured on new venture start-ups and general entrepreneurship. This past year, he was named as a distinguished Libra Professorship at The University of Southern Maine. Professor Butler has served as a consultant for many firms and the U.S. Military. At this time, he is Management Consultant for State Farm Insurance Companies, with Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. In this connection, he has given lectures on general management issues of corporate America.

He is also one of the distinguished professors who composed the Economic Advisory Team of Governor George Bush’s 2000 Presidential Campaign. Professor Butler has appeared on over 30 radio and television programs, including Eye On America (CBS Nightly News), The Jim Leher News Hour, CBS Radio Talk Show, The Osgood Report, and Public Radio. In addition, Professor Butler’s research has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and other newspapers and magazines across America.

His books include Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black America: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics; All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way (with Charles C. Moskos – Winner of the Washington Monthly Best Book Award); Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship: The Continuous Rebirth of American Communities (with George Kozmetsky, forthcoming); and, Forgotten Citations: Studies in Community, Entrepreneurship, and Self-Help Among Black-Americans (with Patricia Gene Greene and Margaret Johnson, forthcoming). Professor Butler received his undergraduate education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Professor John Sibley Butler holds the Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Graduate School of Business (Department of Management). He is the Director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship and from 2002 to 2013 was Director of the IC² Institute, where he continues to serve as Research Fellow. His research is in the areas of organizational behavior and new venture development.

Professor Butler has served as a consultant for many firms and the U.S. military. At this time he is Management Consultant for State Farm Insurance Companies, with corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. He is also one of the distinguished professors who compose the Advisory Team of Governor George Bush’s 2000 Presidential Campaign. His books and monographs include Framework for Research on Leadership, Cohesion, and Values; Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black Americans: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics; All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way (with Charles C. Moskos – winner of the Washington Monthly Best Book Award); and Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship: The Continuous Rebirth of American Communities (with George Kozmetsky, forthcoming).

Professor Butler received his undergraduate education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a decorated Vietnam Veteran.

John Sibley Butler’s research is in the areas of organizational behavior and new venture development. For the last eight summers Professor Butler has occupied the Distinguished Visiting Professor position at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo Japan, and this year holds the same status at Peking University in China.

Professor Butler has served as a consultant for many firms and the U.S. Military. At this time he is Management Consultant for State Farm Insurance Companies, with corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois. He was also one of the distinguished professors selected for the Advisory Team of Governor George Bush’s 2000 Presidential Campaign. His books and monographs include Framework for Research on Leadership, Cohesion, and Values; Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black Americans: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics; All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way (with Charles C. Moskos – winner of the Washington Monthly Best Book Award); and Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship: The Continuous Rebirth of American Communities (with George Kozmetsky, forthcoming).

Professor Butler received his undergraduate education from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and the Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He is a decorated Vietnam Veteran.

John Sibley Butler is a professor of management and a research expert in the worlds of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, the impact of technological innovation on growth and prosperity, black leadership and racial integration, minority entrepreneurship and organizational behavior.

For the last seven years, Professor Butler has occupied the Distinguished Visiting Professor position at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. He was recently named as a distinguished Libra Professorship at The University of Southern Maine. Professor Butler has served as a consultant for many firms and the U.S. Military.

He is a management consultant for State Farm Insurance Companies, and has given lectures on general management issues of corporate America. In 2006, Butler was appointed by President Bush to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board; he was reappointed in 2007.

Professor Butler has appeared on over 30 radio and television programs, including Eye On America (CBS Nightly News), The Jim Leher News Hour, CBS Radio Talk Show, The Osgood Report, and Public Radio. In addition, Professor Butler’s research has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and other newspapers and magazines across America.

His books include Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black America: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics; All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way; Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship: The Continuous Rebirth of American Communities; and, Forgotten Citations: Studies in Community, Entrepreneurship, and Self-Help Among Black-Americans.

RECENT WORKS

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AWARDS & HONORS

Awards received
  • Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Pi Phi, Omigron Nu, Phi Delta Kappa
  • Fellow for Social Change, Northwestern University, 1971-1974
  • Summer Fellow, Center for Urban Affairs, Northwestern University, 1972
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Human Sciences Research, McClean, Virginia, 1974
  • Presidential “Think Tank” on The All-Volunteer Military, Washington, D.C., 1975
  • Alpha Kappa Delta Teaching Excellence Award, 1978
  • International “Think Tank” on Military Institutions around the World, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1986
  • Visiting Lecture Quantitative Research Skills Institute, the American Sociological Association’s UCLA, 1980
  • “Think Tank” on Testing and American Organizations, The University of California at Berkeley, 1988
  • Selected as chief scientist by DoD study of Leadership, Cohesion and Values in the Military
  • The Eyes of Texas Award, 1985 (For Service to Students and the Community)
  • President, American Association of Black Sociologists, 1980-1981 (Elected)
  • Executive Board, The Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, 1989-present (Elected)
  • Selected to Lecture in the Ph.D. Program in Entrepreneurship, Mexico, City, Mexico, 1992-1993 (Cooperative Program, Graduate School of Business and ITESM-CCM)
  • Selected to appear before the President’s Commission on The Assignment of Women in The Armed Forces Dallas, Texas, 1992
  • Awarded the “Distinguished Scholar Award” by The American Association of Black Sociologists, 1992
  • W.E.B. Dubois Excellence in Research Award: Austin Independent School District. 1995.
    The Booker T. Washington Legacy Award, 2006

EDUCATION

Degrees received
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge), Bachelor of Liberal Arts (1969)
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, Ph.D. in Sociology, 1974 (Organizational Behavior/Methods and Statistics)