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24th March, 2022

Professor Andre Spicer appointed Dean of Bayes Business School

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Professor Andre Spicer has been appointed as Bayes Business School’s new Dean.

Professor Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and a previous Head of the School’s Faculty of Management, had served as Interim Dean since December 2021 and was appointed following an extensive search and a rigorous evaluation process.

Professor Spicer replaces outgoing Dean Professor Paolo Volpin.

Professor Spicer joined the Business School in 2011 as Professor of Organisational Behaviour, has held the role of Head of the Faculty of Management and is the founding director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise. Prior to joining Bayes, he held posts at the University of Warwick, London Business School, the Kellogg School at North Western, McGill University, Lund University, University of St Gallen, and the University of Sydney.

Professor Spicer is well known for his research on organisational culture, employee identity, wellbeing, workspaces, and leadership, and for its application in a wide range of business settings. His work is published extensively in top journals and he has authored books including The Stupidity ParadoxThe Wellness SyndromeBusiness Bullsh*tand Desperately Seeking Self Improvement. A committed teacher, working with students at all levels from first-year undergraduates to top-level executives in large organisations, Professor Spicer recently co-developed an award-winning course on critical thinking for business students.

Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein, President of City, University of London, said: 

“Andre brings strong commitment and abundant energy to the role of Dean. He will be an inspiring and creative leader of the School. Through his interim period as Dean, he and his leadership team have already initiated many important changes at Bayes and can now continue their work with renewed legitimacy. Andre has also made valuable contributions as a member of City’s Senior Leadership Team, his openness and the Bayes team engagement with the collective challenges are vastly important. I look forward to continuing working with him.”

Following his appointment, Professor Spicer said: 

“It is a great honour to accept the role as the permanent Dean. I look forward to leading one of the leading business schools in Europe and know from my short time as an interim Dean the job will be both challenging, as well as fun. 

“This School has many strengths – fantastic faculty and professional service staff, excellent programmes, an enviable reputation for both research excellence and practical relevance, amazing alumni who are now top business leaders, a great position in the City, and a positive culture. We also have a rare opportunity: we have a new name, a new building, a new university president and a largely new leadership team. I am sure we can take advantage of this opportunity and ensure Bayes continues to thrive.”

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