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Joel Cook

Associate Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management & Public Policy

Howard Rubin Professorial Fellow

  • Department: Strategic Management & Public Policy
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  • Office: Funger Hall, 613
  • DBA, Strategic Management, Indiana University, 1981
  • MBA, Tulsa University, 1974
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1971


Dr. Cook holds a DBA in strategic management from Indiana University, an MBA from Tulsa University, and a BS in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University.  His current research interests focus on corporate strategy in the EU and business strategies in renewable energy resources.  In addition, he has done work on the competitive strategy of firms in the inner city and has authored/coauthored a series of cases for the GW International Case Competition including the National Public Radio, METRO, Habitat for Humanity International, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, WETA, Economic Development in D.C., the Kennedy Center, and the National Symphony.  He currently is working on a series of cases in renewable energy resources including wind power and biofuels.

Dr. Cook has performed a variety of administrative tasks in academe and the private sector.  His university experience include dean’s roles (both undergraduate and graduate), director of a summer institute, director of a research center, director of international programs, director of planning, and director of a graduate executive program. He developed the GWSB Paris Study Center and has led nine study abroad groups in Europe. In the private sector, he has been a central office switch engineer, a sales engineer and a product manager.

His executive development work includes strategic planning seminars at GW, Maryland, and Texas A&M, consulting with a variety of energy companies, service companies, and NGOs, as well as 20 years teaching the capstone strategy course with the Executive MBA program at GW.

Dr. Cook has won numerous awards including teaching awards (both undergraduate and graduate), the Board of Advisors Award (highest level award at GW Business School), the George Washington Award (highest level university award at GW), and most recently, the Howard Rubin Professorial Fellowship.

Dr. Cook has two sons, recent graduates from college, and a spouse who also holds a DBA in strategic management from Indiana University and who works at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.