Robert M. McCann

Associate Dean of Global Initiatives

Phone: (310) 794-5461



Dr. Robert M. (Bob) McCann is the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives and the Associate Faculty Director of the Center for Global Management at UCLA Anderson, where he is also on the School’s Management & Organization faculty.

Prior to his return to the USA, Bob lived in Asia for nearly 20 years.  Most of these years were spent in Thailand, where he worked both in academia (at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University) and in the private sector (in the spirits’ industry). 

In addition to his role in Anderson's global initiatives, Dr. McCann created, directs, and teaches the core management communication class in Anderson’s full time MBA and EMBA/NUS programs.  Bob also created the FEMBA multi-section first year persuasive communication program, as well as electives in communication at the EMBA level. 

Aside from communication, Bob teaches courses including Global Leadership, Persuasion & Leadership, Leading & Doing Business in Thailand, and Doing Business in Southeast Asia in Anderson’s FEMBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs.

Dr. McCann's areas of research interest include intergroup communication, intercultural communication, and workplace ageism. He is the Principal Investigator on UCLA’s CIBER grant.  Dr. McCann has been published in several major refereed communication journals and has won numerous research awards. Bob also serves on the executive editorial board of the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication.

Bob's latest (2012) book, entitled Ageism at Work: The Role of Communication in a Changing Workplace is now out in Spanish, Catalan, and English.

Bob is a frequent media consultant in the areas of management communication, leadership, workplace ageism, and age diversified workplaces, most recently appearing on National Public Radio and in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, US News and World Report, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Capital Times, and the International Herald Tribune.

Prior to joining UCLA, Dr. McCann taught at the USC Marshall School of Business. At USC, Bob was the recipient of the "Golden Apple" Teaching Award, an honor bestowed by Marshall's full time, first year MBA class on its favorite professors.  Bob has received numerous Dean’s commendations for exemplary teaching.


Ph.D. Communications, UC Santa Barbara
M.A. Applied Linguistics, UCLA
B.A. International Studies, Emory University


Ageism, Organizational Communication, Social Psychology in Thailand and South East Asia, Persuasion, Personal Development, Communication In and Between Firms, Communications, Cross-Cultural Issues, Culture, Leadership, Human Resources, Asia


  • Golden Apple Graduate Teaching Award
  • National Communication Association Outstanding Dissertation Award in Communication and Aging
  • Western States Communication Association Milton Dickens Award for Exemplary Empirical Research
  • Brython Davis Research Fellowship
  • James J. Bradac Award for Excellence in Research
  • George D. McCune Research Fellowship