In 1978, aged 65, Edith took up the position of professor of political economy at the Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires or European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) in France, and became the first associate dean of research and development (1982–4). She advanced the growth and professionalism of INSEAD research. Uwe Kitzinger, then dean, regarded her appointment as a significant step towards his vision of INSEAD as a European centre of knowledge generation. She took up the position there at a time when the ideas of resource-based, competence-based, dynamic capabilities-based, knowledge-based approaches to business strategy, strategic management, and organization science—all derived from her thinking—were emerging. At INSEAD, as elsewhere, she is remembered for the quality of her mentoring. As her husband’s health declined she became a devoted carer but continued to travel, write, and lecture extensively.
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