Scott Hutcheson is a social scientist who has studied and practiced strategy since 1992. His focus is on designing and guiding strategy in complex systems and he has worked in diverse settings like economic development, innovation, business growth, and social change. 

Scott has been engaged by nearly 400 industry, public sector, and nonprofit clients in 30 U.S. states and internationally and he has worked with the White House, Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies in the design and execution of strategies to support economic development and innovation in the U.S. economy. 

He teaches for Purdue University and is a frequent guest lecturer at other universities both in the U.S. and abroad. He also helps guide the dissertation research of new scholars as chair of their dissertation committees. 

Prior to his career in academia, Scott worked in both corporate and social change strategy with American Airlines and United Way. He has a Ph.D. in public policy, a masters in public administration, and an undergraduate degree in theatre. His doctoral research was on effective strategy in economic development.

During high school and college Scott worked in restaurant kitchens. He still loves to cook and in his spare time he writes about food for newspapers, magazines, books. and television. His food writing has garnered several awards and recognitions including two Emmy nominations for his work on WFYI Public Television in Indianapolis. 

Scott and his wife Lisa, who works in public health policy, and their sons Henry and Oliver, live near Indianapolis, Indiana where they are slowly restoring a 1932 Tudor Revival home in the historic Town of Ulen (pop. 117).