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John T. Delaney
John T. Delaney was the Dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006 to 2015, where he was a major advocate of experience-based management education. Delaney earned a B.S. degree from LeMoyne College in 1977 and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois in 1980 and 1983, respectively. He held faculty positions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, University of Iowa, and Michigan State University before joining Pitt. Delaney is widely recognized for his scholarship in negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. He has given expert testimony to the National Labor Relations Board and the Subcommittee on Labor of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Society for Human Resource Management – University of Iowa (Hawkeye) Chapter – Outstanding Professor Award (1994-1995), student recognition as one of the University of Iowa’s “Outstanding Faculty Members” (in A Business Week Guide: The Best Business Schools, 1993 and 1995), and the University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations Distinguished Alumni Award (2011).

Entries by John T. Delaney

Four Critical Issues Affecting the Future Success of Business Schools

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 2:13 PM

Nearly 15 years ago, when serving as associate dean, my boss often introduced me to groups with the quip that "an associate dean is just a mouse in training to become a rat." Each time everyone laughed, and I would smile. Now, as I transition from my role as dean...

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Amtrak, Baltimore, Kathmandu and Business Education

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 10:19 AM

Business schools teach students the skills needed to analyze economic and other issues dispassionately. A key ingredient in our ability to perform objective analysis involves the minimization of emotion in the calculation. The idea is to remove our biases so we can look at a decision deliberately and objectively.

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How Baby Boomers Who Don't Retire Are Affecting Education and the Economy

(9) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 12:54 PM

I smiled when I saw a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled "Retire Already!" The article pointed out that many professors are remaining in teaching positions well into their 70s and, in some cases, don't plan on setting a specific retirement date. The topic of...

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The Hidden Value of Serving Salad

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 1:57 PM

Last Christmas, I received one of the best gifts in years, one that I never could have anticipated, when my family and I participated in a University of Pittsburgh event that provided a hearty holiday meal to people in need. My job was to serve salad -- clearly not the...

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2014: A Contradiction of Devices and Desires

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 2:26 PM

Technology dictated many major events in 2014. It was a year bookended by airline disasters, with three planes linked to Malaysian Airlines involved in catastrophes. It was a year of unrest -- abroad and within the U.S. The actions and atrocities of the Islamic State drew near universal condemnation globally....

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The Hidden Student Loan Debt Problem

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Much outrage has been expressed over the difficulty U.S. college students and recent graduates are facing because of their student loan debt. Since the recession began in 2008, the amount of student loan debt has spiked by 84 percent, with borrowers owing a record $1.2 trillion. Nearly 40...

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B-Schools and Learnings From the Great War

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:35 PM

Throughout 2014, the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. This anniversary will generate much thought about the war itself, as well as its causes, effects and implications for humanity. Just as there was much tumult among world powers in 1914, today's higher education...

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How the Social Media Disconnect Will Affect Business Schools

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:55 PM

The ubiquity of social media reveals an interesting irony: Though we are more connected than ever before, loneliness is on the rise and more people report they have no one to talk to, according to a number of research studies. Apparently, having a few real world friends is...

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A Salute to America's Working People

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 6:11 PM

Labor Day, the second bookend of the traditional summer season, is a national holiday that celebrates America's workforce, the people whose blood and sweat have helped to build our country into a great nation. Holiday parades will feature members of organized labor marching down city streets to be recognized and...

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Will the Echo Boomer Generation Save Graduate Business Education?

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 9:26 PM

In recent years, graduate business programs have received little good news and even less praise. Fewer American students are taking the GMAT test, competition for MBA students is increasing, people are questioning the value of business education, entrepreneurs are aggressively promoting their online solutions to the problems and educational costs...

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Now Is the Time to Thank Your Teachers and Mentors

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 1:48 AM

Commencements have come and gone and the class of 2014 has emerged into the working world. Many new graduates are reflecting on the professors (and the teachers before them) who have shaped their careers, studies and personalities. Accordingly, I would like to acknowledge some of the people who helped me...

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Unions and College Football: Show Me the Money or Take a Strike?

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 4:45 PM

The world of college sports was surprised on March 26 when Peter Sung Ohr, regional director of the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), issued a decision concluding that Northwestern University football players were employees and eligible to vote for union representation. Though the vote has taken...

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The Power of Water: A Key Resource of the 21st Century

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 4:02 PM

In light of my upcoming trip to Asia in April, I read much of David McCullough's book on the Johnstown Flood. For those unfamiliar with the flood, some history: During a very wet period in 1889, a private dam burst on a reservoir high above Johnstown, Pa. and the resulting...

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An Education in Ethics

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Awards season is in full swing and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street is a serious contender. The film earned a Golden Globe (Best Performance by an Actor) for Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as numerous nominations, including five Academy Awards. The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of...

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Faculty, Unions and the Future of American Higher Education

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Recently, much attention has been paid to technology's effect on higher education. Many observers have commented on the increasing popularity of online classes, as well as the ability of MOOCs, flipped classrooms, and other technology-intensive approaches to revolutionize higher education. However, little has been said about how professors feel about...

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Global Experience Isn't Just for Students: Why Professors Must Spend Time Overseas

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:36 PM

The number of college students who participate in study abroad programs has nearly doubled in the past decade, according to Best Colleges Online. These students participate for a variety of personal and academic reasons, but nearly all (90 percent) credit their experience abroad for their subsequent academic choices...

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Much aMOOC About Nothing?

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 10:29 AM

I am fascinated by predictions on the way that technology, lately in the form of massive open online courses (MOOCs), will change higher education. Many observers, investors, and critical thinkers -- including McKinsey and Company -- have suggested a dramatic shift in the delivery of higher education as a result...

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The Most In-Demand 21st Century Business Skill: Learning Agility

(3) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 6:56 PM

Having a diverse skill set is vital in today's interconnected workforce environment, in which no one is working in a silo. Many people find themselves unexpectedly thrown into cross-functional positions because of a variety of elements, namely technology and globalization. These situations can be incredibly challenging for anyone, but they...

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Technology Increasingly Equalizes Education and Career Prospects

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Competition used to be about who had the most of something -- the most money, the biggest army, the most academic degrees. But, as technology has become a bigger part of our world and everything we do, it's more about not what we have -- or how much we have...

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Ask the Neglected Questions to Find the Best B-School Fit

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 2:40 PM

Students choose to get an MBA for a variety of reasons, mostly to optimize their job opportunities and career paths. Media and accreditors alike continually offer rankings and tips to help these students make the right admissions decisions, but despite the saturation of resources, it isn't easy to identify or...

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