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Scott DeRue

Edward J. Frey Dean of Business Stephen M. Ross Professor of Business PhD Michigan State University 2007 BBA University of North Carolina 1999

Bio D. Scott DeRue is the Edward J. Frey Dean at the Ross School of Business, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, director of the Emerging Leaders Program, and Professor of Management at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Scott has been reported to be among the 50 most influential business professors in the world, and among the top 40 business professors under the age of 40. He conducts research and teaches in the areas of leadership, team performance, and human resource management. His most recent book, Experience-driven Leader Development, uncovers best practices for developing leadership talent at all levels of organizations. His award-winning research has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Research in Organizational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, and the Human Resource Management Journal. Scott is a frequent speaker for companies and organizations throughout the world, and is often featured in media outlets ranging from BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. He is also the Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, a leading journal for research on psychology and human behavior at work. Drawing upon his thought leadership, Scott is often sought out to advise organizations on issues related to leadership, change management, team development, executive selection and succession, and human resource management. His clients span five continents and include Fortune 100 companies, startup enterprises, championship-winning sports teams, and non-profit organizations. Scott is also a managing partner at ChiBor Angels, an angel investment firm. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, Scott served in leadership positions at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) and Hinckley Yacht Company. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his PhD. in Management at Michigan State University.

Maxim Sytch, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Management and Organizations Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow

Bio Bio Maxim Sytch is an Associate Professor and a Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow in the Department of Management and Organizations, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of Management and Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Selected as one the 40 Best Business Professors under 40 in the World by Poets & Quants in 2014, Maxim Sytch is an expert on leadership and organizational issues within firms. His recent research focuses on how networks of collaboration and conflict within and between firms affect individual and firm outcomes. He examines how firms can effectively manage and leverage connectivity within and across organizational boundaries to enhance performance. This research has been published in leading journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, California Law Review, California Management Review, Managerial and Decision Economics, Organization Science, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. His work has also been covered by, BusinessWeek, The Brunei Times, Harvard Business Review Online,, Reuters, and Yahoo News. In 2010, his study examining dynamics of influence in patent infringement litigation won the Best Paper Award from the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. In 2012, another study, which examined the relationship between network communities and firms’ invention productivity, was a finalist for the Best Paper Award at the Israel Strategy Conference. In 2009–2010, Maxim Sytch moderated an online Leadership Seminar in collaboration with the Washington Post. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, and the Strategic Management Society and serves on the Editorial Boards of Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal. He won the Outstanding Reviewer Awards from the Academy of Management Journal and Organization Science in 2014 and 2015, respectively. In 2014, Maxim Sytch won the Ross Executive Education Teaching Impact Award for open enrollment programs. He also advises and speaks to corporations worldwide. Some of his recent engagements include clients such as Bank of America, Bank Mandiri, Banque Saudi Fransi, Bosch, Chicago Public Schools, Chrysler-Fiat, Grainger, ICBC, Masco, Morgan Stanley, NextGen, Novartis, Oracle, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Schneider Electric, and TRW. Prior to entering academia, Maxim Sytch worked in the financial sector for Merrill Lynch and the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. He holds a Ph.D. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

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