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Erich C. Dierdorff

  • Professor and William E. Hay Leadership Fellow
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  • Department of Management & Entrepreneurship
  • Doctorate in Business Administration
  • (312) 362-8495
  • 1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    DePaul Center 7034
    Chicago, IL 60604

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Industrial Organizational Psychology, North Carolina State University
  • MS, Industrial Organizational Psychology, North Carolina State University
  • BS, Psychology (Minor: Sociology), University of Florida


Erich Dierdorff is an award-winning instructor at the executive, gradu​ate, and undergraduate levels of business education specializing in the areas of organizational behavior, human resource management and data science. He is also the William E. Hay Leadership Fellow.

Dierdorff’s research aims to understand the factors that drive the effectiveness of individual- and team-level learning, as well as determining the most effective practices for work analysis, work design, performance management and leadership effectiveness. His work has appeared in leading journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, and The Leadership Quarterly, among others. He is an editorial board member for several journals and has been an associate editor at Personnel Psychology.

Outside the university, Dierdorff has helped a wide variety of organizations to more effectively leverage their human capital through overall process redesigns, individual development and coaching, and evidence-based interventions using data science and analytics. Examples of organizations with whom he has worked include General Electric, A​mazon Web Services, Siemens Systems, Cisco Systems, KPMG, TrueValue, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, National Football League, U.S. Special Operation Forces, and the U.S. Department of Labor. This work has focused on a variety of problems such as such as leadership and executive development, team learning, workforce strategy, competency modeling, work design, training effectiveness and selection system design. Dierdorff has also contributed to industry and press outlets such as Harvard Business Review, BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post