Edgar M. Barrett, Ph.D.

J. Kenneth & Jeannette Seward Chair in Global Strategy, Emeritus
Areas of Expertise: 

Oil and gas industry, Accounting in international business enterprises, Global business strategy

Professional Bio: 

M. Edgar “Ed” Barrett, Ph.D., is an active consultant and professor emeritus at Thunderbird School of Global Management where he continues to teach in the executive education arena. He is world-renowned for his expertise in the oil and gas industry as well as global strategy and accounting in international business enterprises.

He has been involved in consulting projects and management education seminars with such global giants as Bank of America Corp., Morgan Guaranty Trust, Monsanto, Goodyear, General Electric, ExxonMobil and Moscow-based joint venture TNK-BP.

Barrett formerly held the J. Kenneth and Jeannete Seward Chair in Global Strategy, and served as a senior vice president at Thunderbird with direct responsibilty for all executive MBA and executive education programs.

Dr. Barrett has written for a wide variety of prestigious journals and periodicals, including Financial Analysts Journal, Financial Executive, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of International Business Studies, Petroleum Management, and Case Research Journal. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of International Business and the editorial advisory board of Petroleum Management. 

Cases written or supervised by Dr. Barrett have been printed in several languages and have been included in more than 60 published books. He co-authored a casebook on management accounting, as well as managerial issues in the oil and gas industry.

Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty in 1990 as Vice President and Distinguished Professor of International Policy and Control, Dr. Barrett established a long teaching career in business and accounting coursework. He was a professor of accounting from 1977 to 1990 and the Cary M. Maguire Professor of Oil & Gas Management at Southern Methodist University from 1986 through 1990. For two years, 1988-1990, he was the director of the university’s executive MBA program, and was the director of SMU’s Maguire Oil & Gas Institute from 1978 to 1985. He served as a visiting professor at the European Institute of Business Administration in France in 1984. He was on the faculty at Harvard University from 1970 to 1977, serving at times as an instructor, assistant professor and associate professor in the Harvard Business School.

At Southern Methodist University, Dr. Barrett was the founder of the Seminar for Senior Executives in the Oil and Gas Industry, and also the Financial Planning and Control Seminar for Oil and Gas Company Managers. 

Dr. Barrett earned his Ph.D. and MBA at Stanford University. He received his BS from Portland State University.