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P. Christopher Earley '80

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P. Christopher Earley '80

Dean of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management

2009 Alumni Achievement Award Winner

Major: Psychology

P. Christopher has worked in education -- as both a faculty member and
administrator -- for more than 20 years. He was chair and professor of
organizational behavior at the London Business School in England. He has taught on the faculties of National University of Singapore, London Business School, Indiana University, University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, and University of California, Irvine.

Earley served as dean of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School -- one of the top business schools in Asia. During his tenure at the NUS Business School, he created new strategies that resulted in a rapid rise in rankings and a record growth of both undergraduate and MBA enrollments. He expanded the school's executive education division via a $1.2 million contract with the Nestle Company to train 300 managers, resulting in a four-fold increase of the school's profitability. And he raised approximately $30 million to underwrite the construction of a new business school on the NUS campus.

Earley's academic focus is on the cross-cultural and international aspects of organizations, including the dynamics of multinational teams, negotiation and conflict, and motivation across cultures. "Over my adult life, I've spent nearly half of it in various expatriate rolls," said Earley, "and I've lived in more than a dozen counties throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This cultural focus arose from my experiences and opportunities gained at Knox."

An internationally recognized scholar, he has written 10 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. His experience extends beyond the classroom, having consulted for companies around the world such as Nestle, Cisco Systems, Samsung, General Motors, Unilever, British Aerospace, Mercury Asset Management, and Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals.

Prior to joining Purdue University, Earley was the dean of the University of Connecticut School of Business. Upon his hiring, University Provost Peter Nicholls said that "Dr. Earley has all the leadership attributes necessary to take the School of Business to the next level of excellence in today's competitive global business educational arena. ... His leadership will help us to capitalize on the enormous potential of the School of Business to reach new heights of academic excellence."