Robert K. Kazanjian is currently Vice Dean for Programs at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, responsible for the undergraduate BBA program as well as the fulltime, evening and executive MBA programs. He is also Professor of Organization and Management. From 2002-2004, he served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education with responsibility for all non-degree programs at Goizueta. Prior to his appointment at Emory, Rob was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan. More recently, he was a Visiting Professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Rob received his Ph.D. in Organization and Strategy as well as an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has an AB in economics (with honors) from Hamilton College.
Rob has authored a number of articles in such journals as Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, and the Columbia Journal of World Business. He is the co-author or co-editor of two books: Strategy Implementation: Structure, Systems and Process with Jay R. Galbraith (West Publishing, 1986); and The Search for Organic Growth with Ed Hess (Cambridge University Press, 2006). Since 1999, he has received 11 Teaching Excellence awards from MBA and Executive MBA students at Goizueta. Rob is a member of the editorial board of the Strategic Management Journal and previously was on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing. He is also a member of the Strategic Management Society and of the Academy of Management.
His current research work falls into two areas. First, he is initiating several projects pertaining to the formulation and implementation of strategy, and the management of change in large, diversified firms. Particular interests here center on issues of capability creation and exploitation, innovation processes, and broad-scale organizational transformations. Second, he has a continuing research interest in the organizational issues associated with growth in firms at various stages of development.
Rob has consulted and done executive education work in the areas of strategy, strategic change, organization design and innovation with firms such as General Electric, General Motors, The Home Depot, Boston Scientific Corporation, Goldman Sachs, Honeywell, Singapore Airlines, IBM, Acer, Westinghouse, Abbott Labs, Exxon, SunTrust, Lockheed Martin, Tyco, and Siemens North America. He has regularly taught in senior executive programs across the US, as well as in Asia.
Robert K. (Rob) Kazanjian is Vice Dean for Programs and Professor of Organization & Management. As Vice Dean for Programs, Kazanjian has oversight for the School's undergraduate BBA program, all MBA program formats, admissions and the MBA Career Management Center.
Prior to his appointment at Emory, Kazanjian was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, University of Michigan. More recently he was a Visiting Professor at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Over the years, Kazanjian has held a number of leadership positions at the School, including Area Faculty Coordinator for Organization & Management, Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education, and serving as Director of our Full-Time MBA Program. He is one of the School's most popular, yet effective teachers, and alums often cite his strategy course as one that affects how they approach business problems throughout their careers. Kazanjian is widely published in the areas of management and organizational change, and in organizational issues associated with firm growth.
To learn more about Rob Kazanjian's research and publications, view his faculty biography.
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