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James W. Dean Jr.


James W. Dean Jr., became the Dean of The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School on Aug. 1, 2008. Before being appointed Dean, Dean was a professor of organizational behavior and strategy and senior associate dean of academic affairs at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Dean’s research, teaching and work with companies focus on leadership, organizational change, strategic decision making, international management and organizational performance improvement. He has participated in research, teaching and/or consulting projects with many companies, including Alcoa Inc., Boeing Co., Corning Inc., DuPont, Exxon Mobil, General Electric Co., Honeywell International Inc. and the U.S. Navy.

Dean, who speaks French and some Spanish, has traveled to 15 countries on behalf of the school. As part of the school’s work with the U.S. Navy, Dean visited the Pentagon and an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic. He is married with two daughters and was one of the first deans of a business school to Tweet. Follow him @deanjimdean.

His research has been published in top academic and business journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Organization Science and Strategic Management Journal.

Dean earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Catholic University.