Mendoza announces two new departments
Observer Staff Report | Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In an effort to restructure the current management department in the Mendoza College of Business, the University announced the addition of two new departments, according to a Notre Dame press release Wednesday.
The new departments are the department of management and organization and the department of information technology, analytics and operations, according to the release.
Roger Huang, the Martin J. Gillen Dean of the Mendoza College, said in the release that the change is the result of an effort to try and more accurately represent the nine disciplines that fall under the management department.
“At present, the department is comprised of a broad array of disciplines under the single ‘management’ nomenclature, which paints very distinct areas of teaching and research with too broad of a brush,” Huang said in the release. “It’s critical that our organizational structure appropriately recognizes the emergence of information technology and business analytics as distinct and substantive areas of knowledge and associated skill sets.”
Robert Easley, current chair of the management department, will chair the new department of information technology, analytics and operations, according to the release.
“We have had an unusually large number of disciplines combined in one department for some time,” Easley said in the release. “We’ve all gotten along well despite these differences, but it has been challenging at times to unify around strategic initiatives. The faculty are now energized to find that their research and teaching will play a more prominent role in the new, more focused departments.”
Craig Crossland, assistant professor of management, will take over as the chair of management and organization, according to the release.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be named chair of the management and organization department,” Crossland said in the release. “Although our previous department was both collegial and highly successful, we think the creation of two new departments will help us to better serve students and faculty by focusing on our own respective core strengths.”
Students currently enrolled in management program, including majors, minors and concentrations, will finish their studies as previously planned, according to the release.