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08 March 2012


It is fairly reasonable for deans to have a background in the Behavioral Science/Organizational Background, Management and Strategic Management. Maybe because finance and economics don’t really cover the management part of being a dean. Having the knowledge in dealing with your subordinates is essential in being a dean, so management covers this aspect.

If there is a new kind of Dean, then Business Schools are in trouble. One of the most popular forum topics on the Chronicle of Higher Education Forum is a topic discussing how to be the worst Dean -- and there is input from dozens of professors regarding the horrific traits of some Deans. In addition, one of the primary and most disturbing comments are the ones indicating that Business School Deans seem incapable of managing their way out of a paper bag. See http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,89214.0.html.

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