August 25, 2003

LOS ANGELES — Professor David Lewin, Neil Jacoby Chair in Management, has been named senior associate dean of the MBA Program at The Anderson School at UCLA.

Professor Lewin has been with the Anderson School for more than 13 years and is one of the nation's foremost experts on human resource management. He serves as faculty director of both the Advanced Program in Human Resource Management and the Strategic Leadership Institute at The Anderson School.

Joining Prof. Lewin in overseeing the MBA Program is Professor Charles Corbett, who was recently appointed associate dean. Working closely together, they will be spending time with faculty this year in preparing for and implementing new initiatives designed to enhance the core curriculum as well as elective course offerings.

The Class of 2005 will be offered a two-unit course on leadership foundations as part of their MBA Orientation Program. Prof. Lewin notes, "The course is designed to focus students on their own leadership strengths and weaknesses, and to develop forward-looking plans for enhancing their leadership strengths and overcoming their leadership weaknesses."

Another initiative recently approved by the School's faculty involves expansion of the core curriculum of the MBA Program, effective in 2004-2005. This effort involves adding additional course work in finance and marketing to the core, along with certain constrained electives.

"It's my vision that students will truly master the disciplines, functions and tools represented in the MBA core curriculum and elective courses as well as develop their leadership capability during their time here," said Lewin.

Other changes include enhancement of the Great Ideas in Management course that was inaugurated last year under the leadership of Department Chair Rakesh Sarin by having both leading business practitioners and faculty as key presenters, and developing additional elective courses in the School's Entertainment Management Program.

Professors Lewin and Corbett will also be working with a newly constituted MBA Curriculum Committee, headed by Professor Randy Bucklin, to analyze the School's elective course offerings with a view toward integrating certain electives, modularizing some electives, and offering more sections of especially popular electives.

Dr. Lewin's research and teaching interests include human resources and business performance, compensation and reward systems, and conflict management. He has published 17 books and more than 150 articles in scholarly and professional journals. Among his books are The Modern Grievance Procedure in the United States, Human Resource Management: An Economic Approach, and Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations.

Professor Lewin has held research grants from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Institute for Dispute Resolution, Human Resource Planning Society, Society for Human Resource Management, and U.S. Department of Labor.

He has consulted widely with business, government and voluntary organizations in the United States and abroad, and served as president of the University Council on Industrial Relations and Human Resource Programs. In 1995, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.

Lewin's educational background includes a Ph.D. and an MBA from UCLA. He previously served as Professor, Director of the Ph.D. Program, Director of the Human Resources Research Center, and Director of the Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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