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Erich C. Dierdorff

Academic Degrees

PhD North Carolina State University, Industrial Organizational Psychology, 2002
MS North Carolina State University, Industrial Organizational Psychology, 2001
BS University of Florida, Psychology (Minor: Sociology), 1997

Research Areas

Business school curricular challenges, improving the effectiveness of individual- and team-level learning, organizational citizenship, contextual factors that affect work analysis, work design and performance effectiveness.​


Erich C. Dierdorff is a management professor, consultant and nationally published researcher/commentator. His research interests focus on curricular challenges facing contemporary schools of business; improving the effectiveness of individual- and team-level learning; examining the predictors and consequences of organizational citizenship; and contextual factors that affect work analysis, work design and performance effectiveness.

Supported by grants from the GMAC Management Education Research Institute, much of Dierdorff’s research has centered on issues of “real-world” relevancy in business education. He is a co-editor of the GMAC-commissioned book, “Disrupt or Be Disrupted: A Blueprint for Change in Management Education.” He also is the co-director of the Business Education Insider, a national online resource for research, insights and news on management education issues, especially those affecting graduate business programs for working professionals.

Dierdorff’s published works have appeared in leading management journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and The Leadership Quarterly.  He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Performance, and Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies. He also has contributed articles and commentary to numerous industry and news media outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Washington Post.

Dierdorff earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in sociology, from the University of Florida. He has both a master’s and a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from North Carolina State University.

Outside the university, Dierdorff has worked with dozens of organizations in areas of human capital consulting. This work has spanned both the private and public sectors for organizations such as Nortel Networks, Siemens Systems, Law School Admission Council, U.S. Department of Labor, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. His work has focused on a variety of issues, including strategic workforce development, selection system design, training effectiveness and leadership development.