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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.

  • Teams Who Share Personal Stories Are More Effective

    One remedy is for team members to devote some time to highlighting their different ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives. Robin Ely of Harvard Business School and David Thomas, the current dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, found in a qualitative study of diverse teams that openly discussing the unique qualities of different team members and integrating diverse perspectives allowed individuals to feel valued and respected. The team members were able to apply their unique knowledge, perspectives, and identities to the task at hand, which enhanced their cross-cultural learning and performance.


  • The World Is Not U.S.-Centric Anymore

    In an increasingly global, innovation-led entrepreneurial environment, business schools have had to transform their educational programmes to keep up with the times. David A Thomas, dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, discusses this transformation and the challenges it poses for Indian corporations.


  • Washington D.C. Business School a Class Act in the UAE

    Making his second visit to Dubai in two years, David Thomas, the dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, was on the lookout for something more. Aside from connecting with the alumni in the UAE, he met with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) to scout for opportunities to launch an MBA program in the UAE.


  • Georgetown University on “The Business Breakfast"

    Dean David A. Thomas appeared on Dubai Eye’s “The Business Breakfast” show to discuss global business education.


  • 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.