William H. Glick

H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management - Organizational Behavior

William (Bill) H. Glick, Ph.D., H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management, served as dean of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business from 2005 to 2016. While dean at Rice University, Dr. Glick supported significant curriculum revisions in existing programs and launched five new programs following a successful growth for excellence strategy. He also led increases in the school’s engagement with the corporate and business community and promoted the value to society of faculty research through Rice Business Wisdom. Broad community support helped the school develop and complete a $65,000,000 capital campaign focused on scholarships, faculty and programs.

Total enrollments doubled, admission standards are at (or near) record levels, and all three Rice MBA programs are leaders in terms of percentages of women and underrepresented minorities. Improvements in all programs have been widely recognized in major publications.

The Rice MBA is the only full-time program to ever rise from below top 40 to top 25 in the U.S. across all three of the most important global rankings – including top 10 in BusinessWeek. And Rice accomplished this climb to excellence in just a decade — from 2006 to 2016: Bloomberg Businessweek, from unranked to No. 8; U.S. News, from No. 44 to No. 25; Financial Times, from No. 41 to No. 24 (in the U.S.). Rice is also the only school to ever reach top 20 in Businessweek without being ranked by either Businessweek or U.S. News prior to 1999. Rice gained more in the sum of those publications’ rankings than any other school from 2006 to 2016.

As a prolific scholar in top management journals, Dr. Glick was inducted as one of 33 charter members of the Academy of Management's Journals Hall of Fame. He was also named as one of the top 100 authors in management based on the numbers of citations to their research. His primary teaching and research are in the areas of organizational behavior and strategy.

Dr. Glick received his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California-Berkeley in 1981 and his A.B. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1975. His first faculty appointment was at the University of Texas at Austin where he became Director of the Business Honors Program. He also served as the chair of the Department of Management at Arizona State University and a visiting professor at INSEAD and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

He is the former Chair of the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), the global association of top business schools and currently serves as a Founding Member of the Community for Responsible Research in Business and Management and on the board of directors of Peak AI Solutions, providing data science solutions for the energy industry.

Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article

Glick, W.H., Tsui, A., and Davis, G.F. The moral dilemma of business research. BizEd, 17(3), 32-37.

Journal Article

McKiernan, P. and Glick, W.H. 2017. Why care about impact? EFMD Global Focus, 11 (1), 18-21.

Journal Article

Glick, W.H. 2015. Gazing forward, looking back. AACSB BizEd, September/October, 14(5), 52-56.

Journal Article

Miller, C.C., Washburn, N.T., and Glick, W.H. 2013. The myth of firm performance. Organization Science, 24, 948-964.

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Glick, W.H. 2008. Rain man or pied piper? Moving business schools beyond media rankings with mass customization and stakeholder education. Academy of Management Perspectives, 22, 18-23.

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Glick, W.H., Miller, C.C., and Cardinal, L.B. 2007. Making a life in the field of organization science. Journal of Organizational Behavior. 817-835.

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Anand, V., Glick, W.H., and Manz, C.C.. 2002. Thriving on the knowledge of outsiders: Tapping organizational social capital. Academy of Management Executive, 16, 87-101.

Book Chapter

Doty, D.H., and Glick, W.H. 1998. Common methods bias: Does common methods variance really bias results? Organizational Research Methods, 374-406.

Journal Article

Doty, D.H., and Glick, W.H. 1994. Typologies as a unique form of theory building: Towards improved understanding and modeling. Academy of Management Review, 19, 230-251.

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Doty, D.H., Glick, W.H., and Huber, G.P. 1993. Fit equifinality, and organizational effectiveness: A test of two configurational theories. Academy of Management Journal, 36: 1196-1251.