Edward Hess teaches business administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Before joining the UVA faculty, he spent more than 30 years in the business world, beginning his career at Atlantic Richfield Corporation. He was also a senior executive at Warburg Paribas Becker, Boettcher & Company, the Robert M. Bass Group and Arthur Andersen. He is the author of nine books, over 40 practitioner articles, and over 48 Darden cases dealing with growth systems, managing growth and growth strategies. His most recent book "Smart Growth" was named a Top 25 business book for business owners in 2010 by Inc. Magazine and was awarded the Wachovia Award for Research Excellence.
The conventional wisdom that all growth is good is not based on real science, empirical data, or business reality.