Leadership Expert Jay Conger Joins CMC

Renowned leadership studies scholar Jay Conger will join the faculty this semester as the inaugural Kravis Research Professor in Leadership Studies. The author of 11 books, including Growing Your Company’s Leaders: How Great Organizations Use Succession Management to Sustain Competitive Advantage, and Building Leaders: How Successful Companies Develop the Next Generation and 100 scholarly articles, Business Week named Conger among the top management gurus, and the best business school professor to teach leadership to executives.

Endowed by Trustee Henry R. Kravis ’67, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts founding partner, the new Kravis Chair at CMC provides interaction with students within the classroom experience, as well as research opportunities through the Kravis Leadership Institute.

“Dr. Conger will bring a combination of excellent research, high visibility in the business and leadership communities, and superb teaching to CMC,” says Ron Riggio, the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, and KLI director.

Conger joins CMC from the London Business School, where he was professor of organizational behavior, and also recently served as senior research scientist at USC’s Center for Effective Organizations. He is past chairman and executive director of The Leadership Institute at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and earned a doctorate in business administration from Harvard University. He holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Virginia, and received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, where he was a Rufus Choate Scholar.

A frequent media commentator, Conger serves as associate editor of Leadership Quarterly, and is on the editorial board of the Academy of Management’s Journal of Learning and Education.