Victoria Business School Dean inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame

Professor Ian Williamson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Victoria Business School, has been announced as one of the 2019 inductees into The PhD Project Hall of Fame.

Professor Ian Williamson and his award from The PhD Project

The PhD Project is an American organisation that aims to create a more diverse corporate environment in the United States by diversifying academic staff in business schools. The PhD Project established the Hall of Fame in 2011 to recognise academics whose positive leadership has had an impact on the project’s minority business doctoral students and academics.

Professor Williamson has been recognised for his wide variety of career achievements and the example they set. As well as becoming Dean of Victoria Business School, he has served at Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia).

Professor Williamson has also been the recipient of a number of awards including the Academy of Management (AOM) Education Division best paper award for his research on high performing teams, the AOM Human Resource Division best paper award for his research on the effect of employee mobility on firm performance, and the AOM Best Practices Mentoring Award for his role as the founding President of the Management Faculty of Color Association (MFCA).

“I am very humbled to be recognized by The PhD Project in this way,” says Professor Williamson. “The PhD Project is one of the most successful doctoral education innovations in the world. The organisation has more than quadrupled the number of minority business professors in the USA and its alumni have taken on senior leadership roles across the business discipline. The success of the organisation has led to its model also being adopted by education sectors in other countries. It has been and continues to be a great privilege for me to provide support to the organisation.”

Professor Williamson has been inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Dr Jorge Pérez from the University of Tennessee and Dr Craig A. Sisneros from Oklahoma State University.

“Since our inception, these individuals have served The Project as presenters, mentors and advisors” says Bernard J. Milano, President of The PhD Project and the KPMG Foundation. “They have put forth great effort to create diversity in academia and ultimately, the business world.”