The University Record, May 21, 2001

Harvard’s Robert J. Dolan named dean of Business School

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

Robert J. Dolan, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, has been recommended as the new dean of the School of Business Administration. The announcement was made May 11 by President Lee C. Bollinger and Provost Nancy Cantor.

His appointment will be effective July 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents. Dolan also will be appointed as professor of marketing, with tenure, and as the Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration.

In recommending the appointment, Cantor said, “We are so fortunate to be able to attract a leader with such outstanding academic credentials and broad-based experience. Bob Dolan’s thoughtfulness, energy and scholarly sensibilities will be a spectacular match for our world-class Business School.”

“Bob Dolan is known for his own personal scholarly achievement and dedication to teaching students, his support of academic values, and his nurturing of young faculty,” Bollinger said. “All these qualities will serve the Business School and the University perfectly.”

Dolan, who has taught at Harvard since 1980, recently was named senior associate dean and director of Harvard Business School’s Division of Research, a position which would have been effective this summer. He previously served as chair of the school’s marketing area (1986–94), taught marketing to senior executives in Harvard’s Advanced Management Program (1990–95) and was the MBA program faculty chair (1996–97).

An expert on product policy and pricing, he has written or co-written eight books, including Power Pricing: How Managing Price Transforms the Bottom Line, Managing the New Product Development Process and the forthcoming The Practice of Marketing.

In addition to his tenure at Harvard, Dolan also has served on the review boards of the Journal of Marketing (1978–84 and 1990–98) and Marketing Science (1982–94). Prior to joining Harvard, he taught at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Administration (1976–80). He received his doctorate in business administration from the University of Rochester in 1977.

“It is an honor to be selected as dean and appointed as a chaired professor at the Business School,” Dolan said. “I am attracted to the University because the Business School faculty is a world-class group committed to researching the most important managerial problems, communicating their findings to academics and managers, and using that knowledge to design and deliver great educational programs.”

Dolan said that this is an exciting time for business schools, as new communication technologies offer unprecedented opportunity for innovations in teaching and research. Many important research problems are global in scope and require the collaboration of scholars from a number of domains, he added.

“Being situated within a great research university, where research and educational programs spanning schools are the norm rather than an elusive goal, is a great asset for the Business School,” he said. “I look forward to working with my faculty and the deans of the other Michigan schools to capitalize on this ability to address problems of great scope and importance.”

Joel B. Slemrod, the Paul W. McCracken Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy and chair of the search advisory committee, said Dolan is “a man of great integrity and outstanding accomplishment. I am thrilled that he will be joining us as our next dean.”

Outgoing Business School Dean B. Joseph White said he, too, is delighted that Dolan has agreed to be his successor. “I am confident he will provide us excellent leadership and take the School to the next level of achievement,” said White, the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Leadership in Management Education. “I look forward to working with Bob to ensure a smooth leadership transition.”