Laura Black is associate professor of management at Montana State University and a principal of Greer Black Company, a research and consulting firm based in Bozeman. She recently co-founded Human Scale Business, a Benefit Corporation providing online micro-education especially for early-stage women-owned manufacturing businesses. She has taught entrepreneurship, survey of business, and professional communications courses, and she has taught strategy courses for more than 12 years.
Professor Black’s research and work experiences use qualitative and simulation-based research methods to increase productivity through better collaborations and increased shared understanding. She received her Ph.D. in Management (organizational studies and system dynamics) from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From the University of Texas at Austin she earned an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s in Business Administration. Before returning to school for an MBA, she worked as a writer and associate editor of a travel magazine about Texas. In between the graduate degrees, she worked for FedEx, first coordinating tracking-and-tracing information systems support for new services under development, and then as part of an internal process-improvement consulting group reporting to the CEO’s office. She has conducted research with start-up companies as well as large logistics, pharmaceutical, and federal research and development organizations, and most recently focuses on women entrepreneurs. She has been a principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant to study communications in virtually organized work.
Laura Black teaches Strategic Planning at MASHLM.