Department of Management

To compete in the global economy, leaders, managers and knowledge workers must understand the organization and the dynamic environment in which it functions. To that end, the Department of Management at the GW School of Business (GWSB) supports research and teaching related to understanding the drivers of personal and organizational success. Topics of interest include organizational behavior and development, leadership, management of human resources, management consulting, teams, entrepreneurship, customer experience management, and executive behavior. We embrace the view that management research is best conducted in an inter-disciplinary context.




Our faculty publish research in top journals, focus on teaching as a core competency, serve as editors and editorial board members for a variety of journals, engage in executive education, and actively consult with multiple organizations. They are active in their professional organizations as officers, members of editorial boards, manuscript reviewers for journals, session chairs, and discussants at professional meetings.

As professional educators they are committed to having a significant impact on theory and practice through research and teaching.

The Management Department of the George Washington University School of Business recently introduced two graduate programs, five graduate certificates, and a university-wide interdisciplinary minor. The department relaunched the doctoral program and placed five doctoral students in academic jobs.

The department also increased faculty diversity while moving from unranked in research to #44 in research productivity among business school management departments. Faculty have received multiple teaching awards, including Best Undergraduate Faculty, Best Full-time (Global) MBA Faculty, Best Part-time MBA Faculty, Best Online MBA Faculty, Best Healthcare MBA Faculty, Best Executive MBA Faculty, Best Master's of Tourism Faculty, and the Peter Vaill Award for outstanding faculty in support of doctoral program.

Faculty have led study programs in China, Australia, Cuba, Indonesia, and South Africa. Including programs at the Olympics in London, Rio de Janeiro, Sochi and PyeongChang. The department received over $800,000 in grants, sponsored research and direct funding.

GWSB’s Department of Management has been ranked #18 regarding per capita research productivity among all private universities in the country for the 2015-2019 period. This is a research productivity ranking created jointly by Texas A&M and the University of Georgia.

photo - Dr. George Solomon accepts the Ray Smilor Award

Dr. George Solomon was awarded the 2019 United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship's Ray Smilor Award for his leadership and contribution to the field. Dr. Tarabishy accepted the Award on behalf of Dr. Solomon and presented it to him in the GWSB Department of Management.

Congratulations Dr. Solomon!

Dr. Herman Aguinis is the recipient of the 2017 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award. The award is given for lifetime achievement in human resource research and recognizes an individual for significant past and ongoing research contributions that impact the HR management field.

Congratulations Dr. Aguinis!

Dr. Aguinis accepts the 2017 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award (Part 1)

Dr. Aguinis accepts the 2017 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award (Part 2)

International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS) News

Stuart Umpleby

Dr. Stuart Umpleby, Professor Emeritus, was chosen as president of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences. IASCYS is an honor society for people who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of systems and cybernetics. In 2018, the society met in Brussels with the European Union for Systemics. In 2019, the society met in Beijing with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The society will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2020.

The objective of the Management and Strategy Doctoral Program (MSDP) is to prepare students for research-oriented academic positions. The MSDP program is built on a strong foundation that consists of a critical mass of research-oriented faculty and a strong research climate. The program is cross-disciplinary by building on the faculty and research in both Management and Strategy. Students receive a foundation in both Management and Strategy with the ability to focus on developing a research competence in a chosen field of study.

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  • Ranked #2 in management education research1
  • Ranked #3 in 2017, Sports Business International, Postgraduate Sports Business Courses2
  • Ranked #24 in 2018 in Princeton Review Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Graduate Studies3
  • Ranked #44 (tied) in 2017/Ranked #64 over 5 years in the Texas A&M/University of Georgia Rankings of Management Department Research Productivity4
  • Ranked #69 in Business Management Education Research (university-wide ranking)5
Five Graduate Certificates
  • Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Capital
  • Sport Management
Three Graduate Degrees
  • Human Resource Management
  • Sport Management
  • Tourism Administration
Two Undergraduate Concentrations
One University-wide Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Minor*
  • Entrpreneurship

*only two interdisciplinary minors are offered at the university

Joint Doctoral Program with Strategic Management and Public Policy
External Funding and Institutes/Centers
  • International Institute for Tourism Studies, various funding sources, $250,000
  • Korean Management Institute, $100,000
  • International Center for Small Business, $150,000
  • NSF Grants, over $420,000
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Pitch George Competition, $30,000


Latest News

Coming Spring 2022 - Hacking for Defense (MGT 6290)


promo image for Hacking for Defense course at GWSB

A course designed for all graduate students in all schools and programs, the new Hacking for Defense™ (H4D) course at the GW School of Business takes an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary approach to solve America’s hardest national security challenges. H4D is a modern Renaissance class — it covers policy, economics, technology, great power competition, national security, and other topics you need to learn to solve your problem sponsor’s pain points. You will be at the forefront of changing the paradigm of solution development for the U.S. Government and the private sector.

Learn more about the course

Register for an upcoming Hacking for Defense Info Session

Prof. Herman Aguinis Named Highly Cited Researcher by Web of Science

Professor Herman Aguinis 2021 research award promo

GW Entrepreneurship Week

GW Entrepreneurship Week header

GW's annual Entrepreneurship Week featured a virtual conference on "Building a Resilient Future Through Creativity and Entrepreneurship" chaired by the Dept. of Management's Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy. The conference featured a variety of distinguished speakers and panelists, and a number of videos are available from sessions on topics such as connecting creatively in a virtual world, the future of business, sustainable entrepreneurship, and much more.

Explore the Conference


GW Business Magazine

Read the 2020 issue of GWBusiness magazine, including informative features on new GWSB faculty and programs, alumni profiles and more. Page through the 2020 issue right here or view an accessible version of the magazine.

Leading in a Healthcare Crisis report cover

Leading in a Healthcare Crisis

Healthcare crises pose unique challenges, and the toolkit developed in this July 2020 conference provides leaders from the front lines to the meeting rooms with the essential knowledge required to lead soundly through any crisis that may arise.


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