Olin Business School honors distinguished alumni

Olin Business School feted four of its top alumni during the 2014 Olin Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner, held March 4 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

The school presented four Distinguished Alumni Awards, the Dean’s Medal and the Olin Award, which recognizes the important impact scholarly research can have on business results.

Distinguished Alumni Awards went to:


Eric G. Flamholtz
, PhD (MBA ’66), professor emeritus at University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson School of Business

An organizational and individual effectiveness guru, and a pioneer in human resource accounting, Flamholtz preaches three keys to success: “focus, focus, focus.”

“Lots of companies think they do strategic planning, but they don’t,” Flamholtz said. “You can’t play chess without a plan. In business, you need to plan strategically and tactically at all levels.”

His Management Systems Consulting Corp., which he founded in 1978, has helped numerous iconic American companies grow and succeed — among them Starbucks Corp., Simon Properties, PIMCO, Baskin-Robbins, Tommy Bahama, Wolfgang Puck Food Co., American Century Investors, Guggenheim Partners and scores of other entrepreneurial clients.