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Management Professor is Named Interim Dean

D. Christopher Kayes

D. Christopher Kayes

D. Christopher Kayes, professor and chair of GWSB’s Department of Management, is the School’s new interim dean.

The appointment was announced last week by GW Provost Steven Lerman, who said that he and University President Steven Knapp were pleased that Kayes had agreed to take on the leadership role during a period of transition at the School.

Kayes will serve as dean while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement for Doug Guthrie, professor of international business and management, who served as dean for three years.

“This is a remarkable opportunity to work with our outstanding faculty, students and staff, to continue to build upon what we have already accomplished,” said Kayes.

A senior fellow at GW’s Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, which develops training programs for government managers, Kayes is an expert on management learning and change, and organizational development.  He has twice been named a dean’s research scholar by GW, and has been recognized by the Academy of Management for his contribution to the field.

Kayes has studied leadership and teamwork in a variety of settings, and his research focuses on how leaders learn in the face of complex and new situations. His research has appeared in over 30 academic papers in scholarly journals, and he has appeared on Bloomberg TV and in The Sunday Times of London, among other news outlets.  Kayes is the author or co-author of five books, including Destructive Goal Pursuit:  The Mt. Everest Disaster, in which he coined the term “goalodicy” to describe the destructive pursuit of goals.

A professor with a background at institutions of higher learning around the world, Kayes previously taught at the Singapore Institute of Management; Zagreb School of Economics and Management; Helsinki School of Economics; Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia; the University of Hull in England; and Holy Spirit University in Beirut, Lebanon.

An Indiana native, Kayes received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University.

Posted by gwsb on September 17, 2013 | Filed under: GWSB News.

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