Corporate Leadership Study : James Goodnight, Sas Institute

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Corporate Leadership Study: James Goodnight, SAS Institute

Melanie Bernal
MGT 5630
Influencing for Organizational Effectiveness

Nova Southeastern University
H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship


Statistical Analysis System or SAS Institute has consistently ranked on Fortune’s list of “Top 100 Companies to Work For” the last 19 years. The company was founded by James Goodnight in 1976 with several of his colleagues from North Carolina State University. Headquartered in North Carolina, SAS Institute has over 6,800 employees in the United States and approximately another 6,700 employees abroad. SAS Institute’s original software was developed to analyze agricultural data and has since then evolved to help approximately 75,000 companies in various industries analyze their data and analytics (Leadership Bio, n.d.) James Goodnight has served as CEO since the company was born with his leadership style being a large contributor to SAS’ billion-dollar success. Harvard Business School named James Goodnight a Great American Business Leader for his role in crafting SAS to be a business that transformed the way Americans lived, worked and interacted over the last couple of decades. He also ranked on America’s 25 Most Fascinating Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine. In 2016, Goodnight’s net worth was approximately $7.2 billion making him the wealthiest man in the state of North Carolina and the 51st…
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