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Dean Thomas in the News

As a member of Georgetown McDonough’s distinguished faculty and an expert on organizational leadership, Dean Thomas provides commentary to various media outlets.

  • An Inside Look at What’s Keeping Black Men Out of the C-Suite

    David Thomas, Georgetown’s McDonough School dean, says such arguments reveal a bias called attribution error. “People are more likely to trust performance data—that someone, for example, is an outstanding performer—if they’re white,” he says. If you’re not expecting positive performance from a particular group, such as black men, you may attribute their success to external factors, like affirmative action or luck. Translation: If you hired a black programmer, there’s a good chance you “lowered the bar” to do so.


  • Taking on the World Has Proven Difficult for U.S. Universities

    It was at least 20 years ago that the top US business schools set out on a path to become global players, but two decades later it often seems that very little has been achieved. David Thomas, dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington DC, discusses his view with FT Business Education Editor Della Bradshaw.


  • Beyond Test Scores: Innovative Approaches to Identifying Young Scholars

    Dean David A. Thomas discusses innovative ways to identify students typically overlooked by the current admissions process during an interview on the Kojo Nnamdi show.


  • Analyzing the Business of Business Schools

    David Thomas, dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, discusses the rationale of viewing business education from a global context and outlines how the university benefited from a relaxation in U.S.-China visa rules.


  • So You Think You Can Dance?

    An article by David A. Thomas, Dean of the McDonough School of Business: Business schools looking for the right global partners are doing an elaborate dance, where every move is a possible misstep. But when the right programs match up, schools can choreograph a flawless routine.


  • Silicon Valley is Trying to Diversify, But Strategies Still Lag

    Last week, Intel’s diversity head Rosalind Hudnell admitted it has taken the company a long time to make only a little progress. Its workforce today is 8 percent black and 4 percent Latino, while the total Bay Area workforce in 2013 was 11 percent black and 16 percent Latino. “It has taken them a decade and a half to come up with anything that seems strategic,” said David Thomas, chair of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “That speaks to the timidness of the industry.”


  • How They Made It to the Top

    Mr. Thomas, the Georgetown dean, studied some of those challenges in his book about the career paths of business executives. He and his co-author found that people of color aren’t encouraged to jump on the fast track the way their white colleagues are. In the business world, "whites who make it to executive-level positions move much faster in their earlier careers and are pegged as being people with executive potential faster," he says. "The same is true when it comes to thinking about grooming people for executive leadership jobs in academia."


  • Deans Take Issue With Gallup Survey

    How do business school deans feel about the recent Gallup study that revealed that fewer than four in ten business school graduates are deeply interested in their jobs? Each school has their own way of saying it, but the message remains clear. A business degree is becoming an increasingly rounded degree. Sure, the business emphasis is still there but schools are trying to produce well-rounded adults. Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Dean, David Thomas, says the school provides a liberal arts-based business program. “With the Jesuit context of our education, we emphasize the values of service,” Thomas says. “Our students are prompted to think about meaning and what they want to do and accomplish in their lives.”


  • Georgetown McDonough Earns AACSB Reaccreditation

    Every five years, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business requires its member institutions to undergo a review to maintain their accreditation. This spring, the AACSB Continuous Improvement Review Committee submitted a recommendation to extend the Georgetown University McDonough