Ernest received a doctorate in economics from Yale in 1950.
While pursuing post-graduate work, Dale began his teaching career in 1944 at Yale University. From there he moved on to Cornell University and the University of Virginia. During the 1950s and 1960s, he served as the president of Ernest Dale Associates, a management consulting firm. He contributed articles to periodicals such as New Republic and Atlantic Monthly. His major works include Management: Theory and Practice, Organization, The Decision-Making Process in the Commercial Use of High-Speed Computers, The Great Organizers, and Back to Basic: The Memoirs of Ernest Dale. He was on the boards of Olivetti, Upjohn and Renault.
Quotations: I find myself just a little annoyed at the tendency of all of us to adopt certain clichés about decentralization and then glibly announce that we're for it. I have been somewhat amused at some of my colleagues who are most vocal in expounding the virtues of decentralization and yet quite unconsciously are apt to be busily engaged in developing their own personal control over activities for which they are responsible.
Ernest married a woman named Heddy, and they had a son Dorian. Also he had two grandchildren.