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David Upton

It is with great sadness that we’ve learned of the passing of one of our esteemed colleagues and members of our community, Professor David Upton.

David joined Saïd Business School in 2010, having previously been Albert J Weatherhead III Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he was on the faculty from 1989-2009.

During his time with us, he received several prestigious awards for his work. His joint work on improving competitiveness in knowledge-based industries (such as software and banking) won the prestigious 2012 Shingo Prize for research in Operational Excellence. This work had broad application for a range of organisations, such as law firms, architectural practices and medical operations. Other research has focused on the implementation of large IT systems and the integration of IT and Operations.

David taught on the core Operations Management programme for MBA and EMBA students as well as a number of Executive Education programmes. Recent research projects include an Oxford-led multi-university collaboration, funded by the Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure. This work looked at the risks of insider cyber-attack, focussing on prevention, detection and education concerning this growing hazard for companies and their boards. In addition to his responsibilities at our School and at Christ Church, as Member of Governing Body, David had been undertaking valuable work in the Cyber Security arena with the Oxford Martin School in recent years.

David leaves a wife, Nancy, and family.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at 2.30pm at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford for David's friends, family and colleagues. The burial will be on 14 September 2017 for close family. 

The family requests that no flowers are offered, although donations can be made to the John Radcliffe Hospital Charitable Fund. Please send any letters or cards of condolence to the office of the Dean, Professor Peter Tufano, c/o Kate Nilsson (