John S. Butler
Professor of Management | The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX, US
Entrepreneurship, wealth creation, venture capital, minority entrepreneurship, race and economics
Areas of Expertise (10)
Industry Expertise (5)
- Business Services
- Corporate Leadership
- VC and Private Equity
- Capital Markets
John Sibley Butler is a professor of management and a research expert in the worlds of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, the impact of technological innovation on growth and prosperity, black leadership and racial integration, minority entrepreneurship and organizational behavior.
Butler holds the J. Marion West Chair for Constructive Capitalism in the Graduate School of Business at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a joint appointment in Organizational Behavior in the College of Liberal Arts, where he holds the Darrell K. Royal Regents Professorship in Ethics and American Society (Sociology).
His research is in the areas of organizational behavior, entrepreneurship and new ventures. He is the Sam Barshop Centennial Fellow at The IC2 Institute, an organization dedicated to the creation of new ventures throughout the world. He holds the Herb Kelleher Chair in Entrepreneurship at McCombs.
For the last seven years, Professor Butler has occupied the Distinguished Visiting Professor position at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan. He was recently named as a distinguished Libra Professorship at The University of Southern Maine. Professor Butler has served as a consultant for many firms and the U.S. Military.
He is a management consultant for State Farm Insurance Companies, and has given lectures on general management issues of corporate America. In 2006, Butler was appointed by President Bush to the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board; he was reappointed in 2007.
Professor Butler has appeared on over 30 radio and television programs, including Eye On America (CBS Nightly News), The Jim Leher News Hour, CBS Radio Talk Show, The Osgood Report, and Public Radio. In addition, Professor Butler’s research has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, and other newspapers and magazines across America.
His books include Entrepreneurship and Self-Help Among Black America: A Reconsideration of Race and Economics; All That We Can Be: Black Leadership and Racial Integration the Army Way; Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship: The Continuous Rebirth of American Communities; and, Forgotten Citations: Studies in Community, Entrepreneurship, and Self-Help Among Black-Americans.
David Wenger, Director of Communications | McCombs School of Business
John Butler is an enthusiastic advocate for the free market and the opportunities for entrepreneurial effort to lift individuals, institutions and economies. He embodies the "Austin Model" for technology innovation, and is always ready to share his insights in the most quotable language possible.
Northwestern University: Ph.D., Sociology (Organizational Behavior, Methods and Statistics) 1974
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge: B.A., Organizational Behaviour
Media Appearances (11)
Manufacturing Diversity Institute Targets Underserved Communities
The University of Wisconsin-Extension's Manufacturing Diversity Institute hosted a presentation on “Accelerating American Diversity Manufacturing” by John Sibley Butler
Report Outlines Top Challenges for Black Entrepreneurs
Texas Enterprise | Big Ideas in Business online
Butler, director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at McCombs and a coauthor of the report, says the survey results reflect his own experiences as an entrepreneur.
Black Entrepreneurs See Big Hurdles to Success
The Dallas Morning News online
Developing entrepreneurial firms, and the perceptions of their owners, aren’t always in sync with the larger economic picture.
Despite Obstacles, Black-Owned Businesses Are on the Rise in Texas
Researchers Bruce Kellison, John Sibley Butler, and Matt Kerwick surveyed nearly 1,000 black business owners across the state.
Time for Black Parents to Update "The Talk"
Pittsburgh Courier online
Dr. Butler stands upon an elite landscape of leadership helping to build the regional innovation ecosystems of the 21st century.
Celebrating the Black Bourgeoisie
Austin American-Statesman print
Op-ed by John S. Butler. Celebrating lessons of the black bourgeoisie who created communities, business institutions, organizations and private educational institutions that continue to enrich generations.
20 Austinites You Simply Must Know
Austin Business Journal online
John S. Butler on list of 20 Austinites to know if your intentions are to become embedded in, and influential to, Austin's business scene.
Creating an 'Ecosystem' for Minority Entrepreneurs
Butler says struggling cities like Detroit and Newark, N.J., could do more to emulate startup hotbeds such as Silicon Valley, Boston and Austin, Texas.
Why Do Blacks Receive Fewer Valor Medals?
Stars and Stripes online
“So, while Vietnam was fought disproportionately by blacks,” Butler said, today’s wars “are being fought disproportionately by whites.”
Rick Perry: Miracle Faker
Seattle Weekly News online
Even some who are friendly to Perry otherwise, are horrified by Perry's "seven points." "To me, it's a disgrace to the tradition of scholarship and discovery," says Butler.
Diversity's 'Uncomfortable Truth'
Houston Chronicle print
Authors Charles Moskos and John Sibley Butler explain how after years of trying to ignore racial differences, the Pentagon did an about-face.
Event Appearances (1)
Accelerating American Diversity Manufacturing
University of Wisconsin-Extension Manufacturing Diversity Institute Milwaukee, WI
Listing of top scholarly works by John Sibley Butler.
Research looks at both metro level characteristics such as funding rounds per year, and personal indicators such as regional social network density to create a model that explains the development of high tech regions around the globe.
Armed Forces & Society: SAGE Journals
This article highlights the role of the Israeli military as a socialization institution and a driver of the hi-tech industry.
Bureau of Business Research at The University of Texas at Austin
Report on the state of black-owned businesses in Texas, based on 2010 Census data and a statewide survey of black business owners conducted in 2013.
IC2 Institute Working Papers
Update and elaboration of the 1988 Journal of Business Venturing article "Creating the Technopolis: High-Technology Development in Austin, Texas."
The Review of Black Political Economy
Perspective on Michael E. Porter's management theories and the problem of" inner-city" economics.
Journal of Business Research
This study examines two methods of business implementation, the formal business incubator and a minority business community.
This paper investigates the degree to which being self-employed is more prevalent within certain racial and ethnic groups than others.
Social Science Quarterly
Re-examines the classic hypothesis that a relationship exists between racial contact and racial attitudes in the context of recent racial separatism in the military.