The University of Notre Dame is making some changes within the Mendoza College of Business. The college is adding the Department of Management and Organization and the Department of Information Technology, Analytics and Operations.
It is the first time in more than 60 years that a department has been added to the college. Roger Huang, dean of the Mendoza College of Business, says the restructuring more accurately represents the nine disciplines of management.
"At present, the department is comprised of a broad array of disciplines under the single ‘management’ nomenclature, which paints very distinct areas of teaching and research with too broad of a brush," said Huang. "It’s critical that our organizational structure appropriately recognizes the emergence of information technology and business analytics as distinct and substantive areas of knowledge and associated skill sets."
The university says full-time members of the management faculty will be realigned into the appropriate department. Robert Easley, chair of the college’s current management department, will become chair of the Department of Information Technology, Analytics and Operations. Professor Craig Crossland will become chair of the Department of Management and Organization.
"We have had an unusually large number of disciplines combined in one department for some time," said Easley. "We’ve all gotten along well despite these differences, but it has been challenging at times to unify around strategic initiatives. The faculty are now energized to find that their research and teaching will play a more prominent role in the new, more focused departments."
Notre Dame says students enrolled in the current management programs will complete their work as planned.