Lynne Persing was born September 25, 1953, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her mother is Bobbye Sorrels and her brother is Ray Persing. Lynne graduated from Edmond High School in 1971 and earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1975. She was a Cortez A. M. Ewing Public Service Fellow in Washington, DC, in 1974. She founded the University of Oklahoma chapter of the National Organization for Women. She served as Program Management Analyst for Northrup Systems Management Group in Washington, DC from 1976 to 1979.
Lynne earned her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Management from the University of Oregon in 1981 and 1991, respectively. In 1992 she founded and headed the Department of Management in Science and Technology of the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (now the OGI School of the Oregon Health and Science University) in Portland, Oregon. This program, still using her design, continues to thrive. She was Associate Research Professor at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Toulouse, in Toulouse, France. She conducted research on the management of innovation, the temporal aspects of research and development, the role of risk in strategic decision making, and the relationship between team effectiveness and organizational effectiveness. She published many scholarly papers. One of her last papers was Persing, D. L. (1999). Managing in polychronic times: Exploring individual creativity and performance in intellectually intensive venues. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 14: 358-373. Her curriculum vitae lists her publications.
From 1993 to her death, she was a member of the Board of Governors of The Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management.
She married David Novick in Eugene, Oregon, on August 18, 1979.
Lynne was an avid outdoorsperson who especially loved whitewater rafting and downhill skiing. She captained rafts on most of Oregon's major whitewater rivers. She strongly supported efforts to help abused women and children. She also loved the arts, both as a spectator and as a performer.
Here are some photos of Lynne in France taken by Jim Hook.
DGN, December 30, 2003