Marjorie Lyles has spent her storied global career blazing trails and breaking barriers for women in business.
This year, Lyles celebrates 40 years since beginning her acclaimed teaching and research career. She is the first woman to receive her PhD in business from the University of Pittsburgh and, today, is professor of international strategic management, Chancellor’s Professor and the OneAmerica Chair in Business Administration at the Kelley School.
During her undergraduate years at Carnegie-Mellon, Lyles recalls telling her advisor she wanted to pursue an MBA.
“He said, ‘Well, you’re getting married. Maybe an MBA isn’t right for you. Why don’t you do something like library science?’”
Lyles laughs at this memory, explaining she completed the library science program. But after earning a Master of Library Science degree, she enrolled in that MBA program. Shortly after, she was invited by a faculty member to pursue her doctorate. She graduated in 1977 with her PhD in business, majoring in strategic decision making and planning and minoring in management information systems.
When she was hired by Indiana University that same year, Lyles was the third female faculty member out of 150 Kelley professors on both campuses.