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New PhD Program Director Appointed

May 01, 2008


Debra L. Shapiro, Clarice Smith Professor of Management and Organization, has been appointed director of the Smith School’s doctoral program, replacing Lawrence A. Gordon, Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting, effective July 1, 2008. Gordon has served as director for the past 12 years. Shapiro received her PhD in organization behavior from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1986, and in July of that year joined the management faculty at the Kenan-Flagler Business School (KFBS) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. In December 2000, Shapiro was named the Willard J. Graham Distinguished Professor of Management at KFBS. She served as associate dean for PhD Programs at KFBS from 1998-2001. A recipient of the “Best Empirical Paper” in 1999 from the International Association for Conflict Management and a recipient of “Best Paper” awards in 1991, 1992, 1996, and 2007 from the Academy of Management’s Conflict Management Division, Shapiro’s research has often been recognized as innovative as well as excellent in its execution. An author of “Managing Multinational Teams” (published in 2005 by JAI/Elsevier) and more than 60 journal publications and book chapters, Shapiro’s work has appeared in many premier journals including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, among others. Shapiro is a past chair of the Academy of Management’s (AOM’s) Conflict Management Division (after serving in all executive board positions), a past member of the AOM’s Board of Governors, and outgoing associate editor of The Academy of Management Journal.

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