Professor Emeritus William John Bruns Jr., the Henry R. Byers Professor of Enterprise Administration, handed away on September 1, 2022, at his residence in Plymouth, MA. Bruns was extremely acknowledged as a distinguished scholar and instructor within the discipline of accounting.
Bruns first visited Harvard Enterprise Faculty as an affiliate professor in 1969 following appointments at Yale College and the College of Washington. After becoming a member of the HBS school, he was named the Henry R. Byers Professor of Enterprise Administration in 1993. A member of the Accounting and Administration Unit (identified on the time as Management after which as Accounting and Management), he was the creator of nicely over 100 instances, notes, workouts, and instructing notes, various which stay bestsellers at this time. He additionally authored Accounting for Managers and a companion teacher’s handbook, reprinted into its third version, amongst different books.
In a message to the HBS neighborhood, Dean Srikant Datar famous, “In every little thing he did, Invoice introduced equal measures empathy and rigor, holding himself and others to excessive requirements with kindness and compassion. He was beloved by his college students and acknowledged as a beneficiant and caring colleague.”
Bruns taught the required Monetary Reporting and Management course within the MBA Program, within the Proprietor/President Administration Program, and in a bunch of targeted applications, together with Strategic Finance for Smaller Companies. He was identified for his skillful case technique instructing and infrequently shared these abilities with different school by means of quite a few instructing seminars. He served as unit head for Management, course head, and chair of the Educational Efficiency Committee; moreover, he was among the many pioneering group of college engaged within the Faculty’s Worldwide Senior Managers Program in Vevey, Switzerland, serving as its director for various years within the Nineteen Eighties.
“Invoice was the consummate HBS instructor who set the usual for the remainder of us,” stated Robert Simons, Charles M. Williams Professor of Enterprise Administration, Emeritus. “He had an uncanny capability to face within the sneakers of scholars as he crafted lesson plans to make advanced matters each attention-grabbing and comprehensible. Not surprisingly, his instances had been favorites amongst school and college students. Invoice was additionally a beneficiant mentor to youthful school (together with me), serving to us develop our case writing abilities and offering suggestions and strategies to enhance our classroom instructing.”
Krishna Palepu, the Ross Graham Walker Professor of Enterprise Administration, stated, “Invoice was a form mentor and colleague for me after I joined HBS as a junior school member. He was an achieved scholar who cared deeply about impacting the world by means of his analysis and instructing. He introduced a whole lot of heat and dedication to the classroom. He was additionally a really artistic case author—I nonetheless use a few of his instances in instructing. I’ll miss him significantly.”
Following his retirement from HBS in 2001, Bruns joined the Northeastern College school on the D’Amore-McKim Faculty of Enterprise, instructing undergraduates monetary and managerial accounting. Invoice earned his levels in enterprise administration on the College of Redlands and the Harvard Enterprise Faculty. He attained his PhD from the College of California at Berkeley.
Invoice is survived by his first spouse, Barbara Dodge; his second spouse, Sharon (Shay) McKinnon; his kids, Robert, John, David, Michael, and Anastasia Catherine; 5 of their spouses; and 4 grandchildren.