Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education
Associate Professor of Management and Psychology – Organizational Behavior
Dr. Brent Smith is an award-winning organizational psychologist and has educated, coached, and consulted for over twenty years. Dr. Smith currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education. He previously was a faculty member at London Business School and Cornell University and taught at UC Berkley, Oxford University, INSEAD, Columbia, DTU, and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.
Dr. Smith has taught over 200 executive programs around the globe for companies including Shell, ExxonMobil, IBM, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Saudi Aramco, Goldman Sachs, Genentech, DeBeers, Microsoft, Citibank, RedBull, Royal Bank of Scotland, among many others. He served as leadership faculty for the corporate universities of TOTALEnergies, Lufthansa, Tenaris, NOV, and Eaton Corporation and is a founding board member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Leadership Institute.
Dr. Smith co-developed the coaching programs for the MBA programs at Cornell University and London Business School, and used them as models for the Rice Business Executive MBA. He helped develop internal coaching programs for a large investment bank, an international energy company, and a major hospital system. In 2003, he developed the “Leader as Coach” Executive Education program, which he taught until 2016. Dr. Smith has been an active coach since 1997. His practice focuses primarily on the development of executive teams.
- Goal setting
- Human resource management
- Motivating employees
- Organizational behavior
- Performance evaluations
- Personal selection
- Change management
- Influencing people