Prof. Jennifer Chatman has accepted the role of Berkeley Haas Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA), beginning July 1.
Chatman will serve alongside Prof. Don Moore in a dual-leadership structure designed to ensure continuity and provide extra support to the faculty and dean. Moore, the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication, assumed the ADAA role March 9.
“As a triple bear, Jenny has a lifelong passion for Berkeley and Haas, which she has demonstrated with her outstanding leadership and service on top of her research and teaching,” said Dean Ann Harrison. “I am thrilled to have two faculty members with deep expertise in leadership sharing this critical role.”
Chatman is the Paul J. Cortese Distinguished Professor of Management in the Management of Organizations (MORS) group. Since 2019, she has also served as Associate Dean of Learning Strategies, steering the faculty’s transition to online instruction during the pandemic and developing the school’s digital strategy. She holds a BA in psychology from UC Berkeley and an MA and PhD in business administration from Haas, and teaches courses on executive leadership and organizational culture in Haas MBA programs and Berkeley Executive Education.
A world-renowned researcher and consultant on leveraging organizational culture to improve team and firm performance, Chatman co-developed an industry-leading tool for assessing organizational culture. She later helped drive the effort by former Dean Rich Lyons to codify Berkeley Haas culture in four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. In 2018, she joined with Prof. Sameer Srivastava to launch the Berkeley Culture Initiative, focused on driving the next generation of research in the field and working with industry leaders to apply insights and strategies.
“I very much look forward to supporting Dean Harrison’s strategic priorities, supporting and growing our world-class faculty, as well as keeping Haas closely connected to the rest of the university,” Chatman said.
Moore, also a member of the MORS group, studies confidence and overconfidence, decision making, ethical choice, and negotiation. In his recent book, Perfectly Confident: How to Calibrate Your Decisions Wisely (2020), he brought together studies from psychology and behavioral economics to explain exactly what confidence is, when it can be helpful, and when it can be self-delusional and destructive. He teaches the MBA core course Leading People as well as Executive Decision Making in the Berkeley Executive Education program.
Moore stepped into the ADAA role after Prof. Catherine Wolfram took a leave to serve in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Chatman will take the role held by Prof. Sunil Dutta, who will return to his research and teaching when his current term ends on June 30.