Jim Austin

Consultant, Decision Strategies International

About Jim:

Jim Austin, a former senior executive at Baxter Healthcare, combines business strategy and organizational development theory with extensive industry experience. His expertise is in working with senior management on strategic planning, organizational change, strategy execution and new business growth.  He is skilled in coaching executives, facilitating board meetings, and delivering executive development programs in strategy, marketing and plan execution.

He has tailored and delivered senior-level seminars for Wharton Executive Education on Strategy, Strategic Execution, Scenario Planning and Critical Thinking for a number of leading companies including Boston Scientific, Coca-Cola, Lincoln Financial, GE, and Hitachi. Jim is a Business Management Professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where he received the “Most Distinguished Corporate Education Faculty Member” (2009-10) and the “Learning Excellence” (2012) awards. He is also an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Health Systems Management, College of Health Sciences, Rush University, where he teaches a graduate seminar on Healthcare Ethics.

As a Principal at Decision Strategies International, Inc., he led numerous projects including scenarios of the future for US Medical Devices; R&D priorities for a major consumer products company; a strategic plan for the American College of Radiology; scenarios of the future for the League of Southeastern Credit Unions; and a new vision/priorities at RAND Health.

Jim has a Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and a Bachelors in Economics and Politics from Yale University.