Interview with Judy Olian, Dean at UCLA Anderson

Judy Olian - Dean of Ucla Anderson

Judy Olian is the Dean of UCLA Anderson, and is the John E. Anderson Chair in Management. Olian leads an institution that annually provides management education to almost 2,000 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Masters of Financial Engineering and doctoral programs, and to over 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. The school has several widely recognized research centers and a global alumni network of more than 37,000 graduates.

Widely published in journals on human resource management, top management team composition, and the business alignment of management systems, Olian wrote a weekly syndicated newspaper column and hosted a monthly television show on current topics in business. Born and raised in Australia, Olian holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

What do you see in the future for business schools?
Judy Olian sees a number of great developments that are key to both UCLA Anderson and other business schools. As she explains in the video interview below, the school continues to stretch the development of students around global thinking and also entrepreneurial thinking, and is building an accelerator so that students can be in a supportive environment to develop new business ideas. She firmly believes that the power of inter-disciplinarity creates wonderful new opportunities, and business students are able to partner across the university campus to bring students and faculty in from the health sciences, computer sciences, and the humanities to develop new ideas.

Olian also sees the potential that new technology brings to learning delivery, and preparing students for careers of the 21st century. Time is such an expensive commodity for students, whether full-time, professionally employed or globally distributed across the world, and technology can enhance learning by providing virtual delivery of lectures as a compliment to the learning experience. The Anderson dean still believes that the vibrancy of what happens in the classroom through team work and team discussions is unique and a vital component of learning, but delivery of content across the world can be enabled through online delivery.

The Dean concludes by sharing what she has learned from failure, and the importance of being able to pivot.



For the full interview on Forbes, click here.

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