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July 26, 2017

Two top tier researchers with the W. P. Carey School of Business appointed as department chairs

Leadership roles go to Professor Kevin Corley and Associate Professor Mohan Gopalakrishnan.
July 26, 2017 (Tempe, AZ) — The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is proud to announce the promotion of two long-time faculty members into leadership roles. Professor Kevin Corley has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, and Associate Professor Mohan Gopalakrishnan is the new chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management. Both are dedicated teachers, active researchers in their fields, and well respected by their colleagues.

“Kevin and Mohan have meant so much to the school and our reputation over the years, and I'm excited to welcome them to their new roles. I know we’ll be able to build on the strong foundation of both departments as the school continues to redefine business education,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School. “I also want to thank the previous chairs of those departments — Trevis Certo and Dale Rogers — for all their contributions.”

Meet the new chairs:

Kevin Corley:

Having been with the W. P. Carey School of Business since 2005, Kevin Corley has seen the department flourish into one of the top three most research-productive management departments in the world. Corley hopes to maintain that tradition by continuing to strengthen the culture, while also positioning the department to take advantages of the opportunities that come from being part of the dynamic W. P. Carey School.

To be in a formal leadership role seems natural for Corley. “I’ve been thinking about leadership for so long as part of my research. I’m excited to put into practice what I’ve been studying and teaching — as well as to learn new things about leading — that I can bring back into my research and teaching,” said Corley.

Corley’s research examines the processes by which managers and employees organize around their roles and practices, as well as how they make sense of the changes that occur within their organization. Mainly, why do people in organizations experience change the way they do? “Examining these processes has led me to focus on foundational concepts such as identity, image, identification, culture and learning as I try to gain deeper insights into how organizational change occurs and how people experience that change in their everyday work lives,” said Corley.

Mohan Gopalakrishnan:

Renowned researcher and Fulbright Scholar, Mohan Gopalakrishnan brings real-world value to his teaching. He’s been with the business school since 1998, inspiring both students and his colleagues. As the new chair of the Department of Supply Chain Management that has been consistently ranked among the top five undergraduate and graduate supply chain programs in the United States, Gopalakrishnan’s vision for the department’s growth aligns with its tagline - “being the world’s supply chain university.”

Gopalakrishnan says, “I hope to facilitate that vision using an astute combination of managing program portfolios, faculty research, global research funding, student recruitment and placement and industry partnerships.”

Past industry experience, as well as being the director of both the evening and executive MBA programs, have prepared him to serve as department chair. “These experiences have exposed me to managing stakeholder expectations, time management, budget planning, and people management, all of which I hope come in handy as I navigate this new position,” said Gopalakrishnan.

Gopalakrishnan’s research explores the social and economic issues in global healthcare supply chains. His work also provides insight for international policy on how to improve humanitarian coordination, responsiveness, and food distribution. The tech industry is another interest of his, especially examining how technology supply chains build self-improvements into their networks.


The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top-ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from more than 100 countries and include over 50 National Merit Scholars.

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