Management and Marketing for Healthcare Transformation

Jim Austin is Principal at Decision Strategies International, and is a former senior executive at Baxter Healthcare, who 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.

As an Adjunct Faculty member of the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton Business School, he tailored and delivered senior-level seminars on Strategic Execution, Scenarios for the Future and Critical Thinking at a number of leading companies including Boston Scientific, Coca-Cola. Lincoln Financial, GE and Hitachi. For Duke CE, Jim has led domestic and international programs for global companies such as Sprint, ANZ and Hess Oil. Jim is a Business Management Professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where he recently received the “Most Distinguished Corporate Education Faculty Member” award. As a subcontractor at Decision Strategies International, Inc., he led projects on: scenarios of the future for US Medical Devices; optimal pharmaceutical sales and marketing functions in 2015; a strategic plan for the American College of Radiology; scenarios of the future for AHIMA (including organizational implications); and a new vision/strategic priorities at RAND Health. In addition, Jim has delivered a number of programs for the American Management Associations (AMA) on strategy, strategic execution and value creation for a range of clients including the Executive Team of LINMedia. In Europe, he has delivered programs for Boston Scientific, Wolters-Kluwer and GE.

Prior to joining Decision Strategies, Jim worked for 12 years at Baxter Healthcare, the last four as Vice President of Strategy Development for the Renal Division. Jim identified new business opportunities, facilitated annual strategy planning processes and worked with senior management on organizational development for this rapidly growing, nearly $2B Division. Before Baxter, Jim was Assistant to the President for ANCHOR HMO, a subsidiary of Rush Medical Center, Chicago. Prior to his move to Chicago, Jim worked as a Consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he led a number of large-scale planning, business development and strategic positioning studies. Between college and graduate school, Jim spent four years as an Economist/Planning Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Botswana.

Jim holds a BA in Economics and Politics from Yale University. He was a Special Student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Urban Studies Department, and received a joint Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Jim was past Chairman of the Strategic Leadership Forum, a recent Board Member of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, a past Member of the Board of Directors for the University Club of Chicago, Treasurer of LaSalle Language Academy, and member of the Admissions Committee for the Latin School of Chicago.


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