September 30, 2013
Scholarly Groups Chip Away at Taboo of Nonacademic Careers
Photo by Marc Monaghan
James W. Cortada, a historian who spent nearly four decades in sales at IBM, sees a stigma fading away.
When, in the late 1970s, Mr. Cortada and fellow scholars working outside higher education told their stories to Ph.D. students and professors, they seemed uninterested. "Arms forward, leaning back," he says, "you'd get the sense that they were ordered into the conference room."
Now rooms sometimes overflow for talks by Mr. Cortada, who earned his Ph.D. from Florida State