Barry Gerhart was named interim Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business in February 2018.

Throughout his academic career, Gerhart has proven himself as an innovative leader, effective administrator, and forward-thinking educator.

With the support of Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf, we are all committed to the continued excellence of our MBA program, as well as to exploring opportunities to expand current programs and develop new ones.
—Dean Barry Gerhart

Incoming Dean

Vallabh Sambamurthy has been named the next Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business and will begin his role in August.

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Strong Leadership

Gerhart brings considerable leadership experience to his role as interim dean, having previously served as acting dean. He also has served as senior associate dean of faculty and research at the Wisconsin School of Business, and was the founding director of the Wisconsin MBA Program in Strategic Human Resource Management.

He currently is a professor of management and human resources and the Bruce R. Ellig Distinguished Chair in Pay and Organizational Effectiveness at the School.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2000, he served as chair of the Department of Human Resource Studies at Cornell University, and as area coordinator for Organization Studies at Vanderbilt University, further reinforcing his reputation as a strategic academic leader.

Forward-Thinking Research

Gerhart is widely recognized for his thought-leading research, which encompasses compensation, motivation, human resource strategy, international human resources, and employee retention.

In 2013, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Management (AOM), an honor received by roughly one percent of current AOM members. In 2012, he received the Herbert Heneman Jr. Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Management, Human Resources (HR) Division. He has also received the Scholarly Achievement Award (best article), International Scholarly Achievement Award (twice for best international article) and Outstanding Paper Award (best convention paper) from the HR Division. Additionally, Gerhart is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Gerhart’s research has been published in a variety of outlets, including the Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Annual Review of Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology. He has also co-authored several books in the areas of compensation and human resources, including one in its 10th edition and another in its 12th edition.

Gerhart earned his PhD in industrial relations from UW–Madison and his B.S. in psychology from Bowling Green State University.

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