Robert M. Price is President and CEO of PSV, Inc. PSV offers services in technology commercialization, corporate strategy, human resource management and general management practice. PSV provides services to small business, including board memberships and investment and financial counseling. Participation has included companies engaged in computer software, environmental and recycled products, computer data storage integration services, human resource services, specialty health food products, and specialized services to the banking industry.
Price is retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Control Data Corporation (now Ceridian Corporation). He succeeded the Company's founder, William C. Norris. Price joined Control Data in 1961 as a Mathematician Staff Specialist, became Director, International Operations in 1963, Group Vice President, Services in 1972, and President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 1980.
Price was instrumental in leading Control Data's early strategic expansion into international, in both operations and marketing. He led Control Data's strategic move from hardware into information and systems integration services, principally through the start-up and growth of small subsidiary companies. He retired in May 1990 after 29 years with Control Data.
In May of 1996, Price was elected Chairman and CEO of International Multifoods Corporation by its Board of Directors, following the resignation of its then Chief Executive Officer. Price helped guide the strategic repositioning of the company while successfully concluding the search for a new chief executive officer in January of 1997.
In 1985 Price led a consortium of corporations and individuals in the founding of the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs (NCSE). The Center's mission is to encourage entrepreneurship throughout the non-profit sector, and to help individual not profits create or expand social purpose business ventures. His early experience at Control Data in the formation and successful start-up of small information services companies, and later in directing the company's corporate mission of fulfilling unmet societal needs as profitable business opportunities, provided the background and experience for this undertaking. He currently serves as Chairman of NCSE. In addition to NCSE, Price has had extensive involvement as a volunteer and served for many years on the Board of the United Way of the Greater Minneapolis Area.
Price has had a long-standing involvement in education as an educator himself, as a businessman and as a consultant to education at the elementary, secondary, under-graduate and graduate levels. He has taught in the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University for 15 years, and currently is an Adjunct Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke. He has published in the California Management Review and various business publications. He has been a guest lecturer of numerous colleges and universities, including Johnson School of Business, Cornell University; Carlson School of Business, the University of Minnesota; the Kellogg School, Northwestern University. His book, The Eye for Innovation, Yale Press, November 2005, presents seven basic principles for the strategic management of technology and innovation.
In addition to teaching and writing, his activities have included strategic planning for better utilization of computer and communication based education technology, implementation of Total Quality Management in both public K-12 systems and institutions of higher education, the development of for-profit education businesses, chairing business, education, government policy groups to develop strategies for improved professional development of pre-service and in-service K-12 teachers and curriculum development for graduate business education. He has served on the advisory board of Courant Institute, New York University; and currently the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology. As a member of the Education Committee of the Business Roundtable, he served as an advisor to New Mexico's State Department of Education and helped to found the New Mexico Governor's Business Executives for Education (GBEE) group.