Ed Morrison is a member of the staff of the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University. For the past five or six years, he has been developing new, network-based models for economic and workforce development.
These approaches emphasize the strategic value of focused regional collaborations and open innovation in today’s global economy. As a part of this work, he has developed new disciplines in regional strategy, called strategic doing. He currently teaches these new methods and tools in the advanced strategy lab at the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
For over twenty years, he conducted strategy projects with economic and workforce developers in the U.S. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council.
Prior to starting his economic development work, Ed worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In this position, he served on consulting teams for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo, and General Electric. He conducted manufacturing cost studies in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and France.
Ed started his professional career in Washington, D.C., where he has served as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission, and staff counsel in the US Senate. He holds a BA degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia.