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​Olin Business School Leadership

Kurt T. Dirks will serve as interim dean from July 1, 2016, until November 30, 2016, when Mark P. Taylor takes office.

Kurt T. Dirks, interim deanDirks is the Bank of America Professor of Managerial Leadership. He served as senior associate dean for programs from 2012 to 2016. In that role, he worked to significantly grow and strengthen Olin’s degree programs, including the development and launch of the first Executive MBA degree program offered in India by a US university. Along with Professor Stuart Bunderson, he recently founded the Bauer Leadership Center to advance the science and practice of developing value-centered leaders who have impact with integrity.

Dirks’s research in organizational behavior focuses on trust in workplace relationships, leadership, and teams. As a pioneer in the research of trust in the workplace, Dirks has been widely published in premier academic journals as well as in the mainstream media. He was named a Top Thought Leader in Trust in 2015 by Trust Across America.

Dirks joined the Olin faculty in 2001. He has taught across every program offered by Olin, and he has won the Reid Teaching Award four times. Prior to Olin, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Simon Fraser University.

Dirks received his PhD in organizational behavior from the University of Minnesota in 1997. He earned a BBA in finance and a master’s degree in management from Iowa State University in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. Read more in his bio.

Dean Designate: Mark P. Taylor

Mark P. Taylor, dean designateMark P. Taylor currently serves as dean of Warwick Business School and professor of international finance at the University of Warwick, UK. He will assume the deanship at Olin December 1, 2016. He is a graduate of Oxford University, from which he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy, politics, and economics. He also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in economics and finance from Birkbeck College at the University of London, an MBA in higher education management from University College London, and a master’s degree in English literature from Liverpool University. Taylor is one of the most-often-cited economists in the world, and his research has been published widely in leading international journals. In 2012, the University of Warwick recognized him with an honorary doctorate for his lifetime contributions to the field of finance.

Taylor comes to Washington University after serving for six years as dean at Warwick. As dean he oversaw a dramatic rise in the school’s rankings and research performance and the opening in 2014 of the school’s new London base in The Shard—the city’s tallest and most iconic building—as well as a multimillion-dollar extension of the main campus building the following year. Taylor is also credited with building strong international partnerships with leading schools, including the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University; the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia; and the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. He previously had served as managing director at the global investment management corporation BlackRock, where he led the European arm of a multibillion-dollar fund.