Thomas Stephen Wurster

Thomas  Stephen  Wurster
Lecturer, Organizational Behavior
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Organizational Behavior

Additional Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program


Tom Wurster is a former Senior Partner and Managing Director with The Boston Consulting Group, where he has most recently led the West Coast. He joined BCG in 1978 and was elected Vice President and Director in 1985. Mr. Wurster has extensive experience consulting leading companies, with a particular focus on media and technology.

In addition, Mr. Wurster is an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has also taught at the Yale School of Management as an Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Organization.

Mr. Wurster is co-author of two articles published in the Harvard Business Review, including “Strategy and the New Economics of Information,” and is the co-author of the book Blown to Bits: How the New Economics of Information Transforms Strategy (The Harvard Business School Press, 2000), on how digital technologies change business strategy.

Mr. Wurster is a member of the Board of Directors of Synnex Corporation, where he serves on the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee.

He teaches “Insight to Outcome,” which introduces students to an approach for getting from “strategic insight” to “desired outcome” and develops its practical application to a number of important business processes.

He is a graduate of Cornell University, where he earned an AB in economics and mathematics with distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his MBA with honors from the University of Chicago and his PhD in economics from Yale University.


Degree Courses


Getting from "strategic insight" to "desired outcome" (achieving the right result) continues to be a core challenge for many organizations and leaders. In this course, we develop a framework and approach for the "insight to outcome" sequence,...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

Insight to Outcome: A Note on Strategy Development and Implementation | SM238
Thomas S. Wurster, Derek Kennedy, Jason Zajac2015

School News

August 22, 2017
Silicon Valley Business Journal visits Stanford GSB as participants examine how professional leadership and personal identity intersect.
January 7, 2016
The only program of its kind to be offered by a leading business school, Stanford LGBT Executive Leadership Program addresses the gap in LGBT leadership in the C-Suite.