Thomas M. Abbott
Program Chair - Business Administration/ International Business
Office: North Hall Room 203A
Master of Business Administration, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
Bachelor of Arts, College of Arts & Sciences, Boston College
Professor Abbott is responsible for teaching and program management in the area of undergraduate business. Prior to joining the full-time academic staff at Post University he served as an adjunct instructor in business for several years. His corporate and consulting background also includes delivery of executive development and training seminars and development of the curricula, content and teaching methods for those programs.
With over thirty years’ background in the business world, Professor Abbott brings long and deep experience to his teaching of business and management. He remains the Managing Director of the Essex Management Center, a consulting firm which provides management and executive education to governments and industries in developing nations. In this role he has extensive experience in instruction and course development concentrating on thought leadership in business and management. His career in industry spanned over fifteen years in a variety of corporate management positions that range from Fortune 500 companies to small start-up operations in finance and general management positions. This experience includes managing venture capital relationships, negotiation and structuring of international joint ventures and implementation of financial controls. His operational background includes such diverse items as construction project management and industrial market research. He has held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and General Manager, and as such has seen the workings of business from many diverse perspectives. Since his corporate career, he has been a consultant in private practice for over fifteen years specializing in Strategic Thinking and Planning, Management Development, and Change Management and Leadership. His clients have covered a wide range of industries and organizations, ranging from the Fortune 250 to small local manufacturers, service and financial institutions, retailers, labor unions and foreign government agencies.
The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, wrote “Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated.” Professor Abbott incorporates real world examples and experiences wherever possible in the context of the courses that he teaches. He maintains his beliefs that students learn best by doing and that it is extremely important for students to understand why they are learning something and how that will make them more successful. He is known for his use of large scale projects and simulations to bring the concepts learned in the classroom to life and to better prepare students for situations they will encounter in their careers.
Professor Abbott also holds the position of Assistant Coach of the Post University Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams. In this role he is responsible for on and off court duties including coaching, recruiting and coordinating administrative and academic affairs for the tennis program. He continues to be active in a variety of athletic pursuits. When not working or studying, his life generally involves a ball of some sort or at least a pair of athletic shoes. A former college soccer player he is an active supporter of the University’s athletic programs and he and his wife Claude (a member of the adjunct faculty at the University) and their dog Liesel are frequently seen at Post athletic events. As a member of the US Tennis Association, he still engages in local and regional competition. He also has a deep interest in history and particularly enjoys reading military and political history from which a large part of his management and business premises are drawn.
Professor Abbott is an active public speaker having delivered programs and presentations on a local and national level. He has spoken on issues ranging from current management issues to trade groups and professional associations. He has published several short articles/interviews primarily in regional business publications on topics ranging from quality assurance systems to doing business in developing nations. Additionally, he has served as a private sector representative on the US-Nigeria Joint Economic Partnership Commission, an economic and trade development effort of the US and Nigerian governments. Currently he serves on the Income Impact Council of the United Way of Greater Waterbury, a group that addresses the issues of employment and income sufficiency in the Waterbury region.
Professional, Consulting & Business Activities:
Professor Abbott is Managing Director of a consulting group that provides executive development and leadership programs to senior executives from developing nations, particularly in West Africa. Professor Abbott maintains a number of consulting relationships with local/regional companies in industries ranging from transportation to manufacturing to insurance services primarily focusing on strategic management and leadership issues. He has also been actively involved with “Side Street to Main Street” a program sponsored by the Aetna Foundation that aims at the advancement of minority –owned small businesses, and is re-establishing the Post University participation in The Entrepreneurship Foundation. Additionally, he was the originator of the concept for the Post University Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and remains involved in its development and operation.