David H. Blake

David H. Blake

Professor Emeritus, Strategic Management  


PhD, Rutgers
MA, Rutgers
MBA, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Dartmouth College

Research Interest

Global business strategy


Leadership strategies

Corporate strategies and governance

Ethical business leadership

David H. Blake is an authority on global business strategy, leadership strategies, management education, and ethical business leadership. For more than two decades he has been a business school dean at four different schools helping to reshape MBA education to meet the demands of a digitally-paced, technology-driven, and rapidly expanding globalized world of business. 

Blake also has served as an advisor on global business strategies and leadership development for a number of major U.S. corporations, including Alcoa, AT&T, Exxon, IBM, Marsh, and Mead Corp. In addition, he has served on 16 corporate boards, including both NYSE and NASDAQ companies, financial institutions, employee-owned firms, and in California smaller technology-based companies. Blake was dean of the UC Irvine Graduate School of Management (now known as The Paul Merage School of Business) from Oct. 1, 1997 to July 2002. The school combines the fundamentals of management with a comprehensive focus on how the interplay of information and technology are changing the way business is done - an approach that prepares students to innovate and lead rapid and continuous change in a technology-driven and global society. 

Prior to joining UC Irvine, David Blake was dean of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and of the business schools at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey and Northeastern University. Early in his career he was a professor and associate dean of the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and an assistant professor of political science at Wayne State University. In 1996, he served as president of AACSB-International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the professional association for leaders in management education. 

In March 2002, he was selected for Fast Company magazine’s first group of “Fast 50” champions of innovation--acknowledged as a leader who creates value through the power of his ideas, the intensity of his commitment and the authenticity of his character. 

Blake has written and spoken extensively on the international political economy and multinational corporations. He is the author or co-author of seven books and monographs, including The Politics of Global Economic Relations, which helped define the field of international political economy, and numerous articles and chapters. 

At the Merage School, Blake has taught in the areas of global business and leadership strategies, the latter being a course that he designed to approach the subject from a more strategic and macro perspective.  He has also led multiple classes of students on their international residentials to such places as China, Hong Kong, Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Argentina, and Brazil.

Blake received a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science and international politics from Rutgers.