Thomas Petzinger, Jr. has spent 22 years at The Wall Street Journal, as a beat reporter, weekly columnist, investigative reporter, bureau chief and Washington economics editor. In mid-1999 he accepted an assignment editing the paper's special edition for Jan. 1, 2000. He is a winner of the Gerald Loeb Prize, the highest award in business and financial journalism.
From 1995 to 1999 Tom wrote "The Front Lines," a weekly exploration of case studies and cutting-edge thinking in management and entrepreneurialism. It was in this assignment that he began exploring and writing about businesses and economies as complex adaptive systems, a theme he further developed in his book The New Pioneers: The Men and Women Who are Transforming the Workplace and Marketplace (Simon & Schuster, 1999). He is the author of two earlier business books, both selected by the New York Times as notable books of the year.
Tom speaks widely on complexity in management and the role of values in business. He also publishes an occasional e-mail newsletter that explores complexity themes, which anyone can subscribe to. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University, where he was a Richter International Scholar.