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Management Faculty in the News

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business’s distinguished faculty members regularly provide thought leadership through various media outlets. They share research insights and commentary on business news.

  • Houston Pilot Alleges Discrimination at United Airlines

    Brooks Holtom, professor of management at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, didn't want to opine on the merits of the case, but said some groups may be capitalizing on the momentum created by Black Lives Matter and football players protesting during the national anthem. Holtom added, however, that many discrimination claims are valid. Receiving a lynching photo is flat-out wrong, he said, as is systematic discrimination in hiring or promoting, if these things are indeed occurring. "We should not have such discrimination," he said.

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  • The Surprising Thing Millions of Men Do That Can Wreck Their Health

    And it isn’t just older people who think like this: “The majority of American men and women across all ages and races still prefer men to be the primary breadwinner,” says Catherine Tinsley, a professor of management and director of Georgetown’s Women’s Leadership Initiative at its McDonough School of Business.

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  • Favorite Business School Professors Teaching MBAs

    It isn’t easy to master the intricacies of the time value of money or a P&L statement. That’s why the most talented professors are often able to break down complex concepts so they are understandable and memorable —a specialty of two Georgetown professors: Allison Koester and Arthur Dong. According to Georgetown’s Devon Weiss, a classic poet who joined EY’s M&A operations department after graduation, both are able to relate key content to students in different ways. “Professor Arthur Dong has mastered the art of simplifying complex problems and teaching students how to apply MBA fundamentals to generate innovative solutions,” Weiss explains. In contrast, Koester appeals to various learning styles and experience levels. “Professor Allison Koester is able to simultaneously teach accounting courses to students with both CPA and non-business backgrounds,” Weiss explains. “Her ability to explain concepts in a seemingly endless number of ways and from multiple perspectives leaves no student behind.” “Professor Catherine Tinsley’s research enriches her leadership and negotiations courses, leveraging the most recent findings industry-wide. She has helped me learn how I can become a motivating, visionary leader by establishing a leadership style characterized by authenticity and embracing my own unique sources of power.” – Devon Weiss, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

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  • Management Style: When Is It Viewed as Abusive?

    Managers who communicate clear motives, engender trust within their teams, and have a track record of winning tend to be viewed positively even if their style is aggressive or extremely demanding, according to new research by Robert Bies, professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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  • Abusive Leader or Master Motivator?

    A contributed article co-authored by Robert Bies, professor of management and founder of the Executive Master’s in Leadership Program: Over the years and across many industries, society has been exposed more than ever to extremely outspoken leaders seen as abrasive and sometimes cruel in their management tactics…So, why do certain leaders who engage in aggressive behaviors, such as yelling, seem “abusive” by some, yet “motivating” to others? Whether one is viewed as an abusive leader or a master motivator is in “the eye of the beholder.” In other words, perception shapes reality.

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  • Sports Authority Accelerates Store Closings Amid Bankruptcy

    The upset isn't just economic, said Robert Bies, a professor of management at Georgetown University, who studies bad news in the workplace. “They have to tell their families. Losing a job isn't just an economic issue. It’s an identity issue,” Mr. Bies said.

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  • How Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Respond To Dallas Shootings And What It Means

    An op-ed by Robert J. Bies, professor of management: With a presidential election just four months away — and the country in turmoil over the recent tragedies in Dallas, Minnesota and Baton Rouge — I’ve been watching our leaders with interest. My colleagues and I have been looking closely at leadership styles, in particular the abrasive and sometimes cruel techniques of managers like Steve Jobs, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump.

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  • Women & Girls in Sports: When Will We Accept the New Normal?

    An op-ed by Catherine Tinsley, professor of management and director of the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Institute: When the world celebrates the summer Olympics in Rio next month, 4,700 female athletes — or 45 percent of competitors — are expected to participate. The trajectory of female participation is impressive: from 13 percent in 1964 to 23 percent in 1984 to a whopping 44 percent in the last Olympic games.

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  • Principled Leadership and the Metro Turn Around

    A contributed article by Michael McDermott, professor of the practice in management: Combating fatalities, mechanical breakdowns, and electrical fires, as well as a loss in ridership, the new general manager of the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has a daunting task ahead of him. How can he turn around a system in decline?

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