Johnson Appoints First Academic Director of Executive MBA Programs

Elizabeth Mannix to focus on developing and maintaining innovative rigorous curriculum for two executive MBA programs

Johnson Appoints First Academic Director of Executive MBA Programs

Elizabeth (Beta) Mannix, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University has been appointed as the first academic director for Executive MBA Programs, starting September 1, 2012. Mannix, who also is a professor of management and organizations, will be responsible for the overall academic excellence of Johnson’s two Executive MBA programs—the Cornell Executive MBA Program, and the Cornell-Queens Executive MBA Program.

In this new role, Mannix will focus on creating and maintaining a rigorous, innovative, and relevant academic curriculum for Johnson’s executive MBA programs. She will work closely with the associate dean for executive education to determine programming needs and possible program expansion, and with the associate dean for academic affairs to determine best possible faculty staffing.

Mannix brings a great deal of experience to the role of academic director, having served as chair of the Executive MBA Committee at Johnson for several years, and teaching extensively in both executive MBA programs. She joined the Johnson faculty in 1999, after teaching at the business schools at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. During 2005-08, Mannix directed the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell, established to promote interdisciplinary research and to increase the university's prominence in the social sciences. In 2008-09, she served as Cornell’s Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion.

Mannix’s research and teaching interests include effective performance in managerial teams, diversity, power and alliances, negotiation and conflict, organizational change and renewal, and the effects of power in diverse teams. She received Johnson’s Faculty Research Award in 2008 and the inaugural Globe Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Cornell Executive MBA Program in 2001.

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