Dr Darl G. Kolb is the first of the University of Auckland Business School's Foundation Professors in the new Taught Masters Program. He will join Professor Robert MacCulloch ( Macro Economics) and Associate Professor Daniel Vidal (Strategy) as part of the growing permanent GSM faculty team.
Darl’s strong record of research, teaching and leadership within the School makes him an excellent choice for this role. With a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from Cornell University, Darl joined the School in 1992 to teach in MBA programmes. He has received two MBA Teacher of the Year awards, as well as a University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Award in 1994 for his Stage One teaching.
Darl’s Master’s degree in experiential education (University of Colorado) has served him well in designing innovative and invigorating learning experiences, including the renowned Management 301 Mike’s Bikes simulation and a postgraduate concentration in Organisational Change and Innovation, whose alumni continue to make their mark around the world.
Darl has also received two Dean’s Excellence Awards for his Editorship of the University of Auckland Business Review and his work with the ICEHOUSE. He also served as the Founding Chair of the Business School Staff Council.
Darl has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, including A* journal articles, 6 books and has supervised 7 PhD students to completion. He has held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Sydney and the University of Cambridge.
Darl’s title will be Professor of Connectivity, recognising his pioneering role in the emerging field of socio-technical connectivity. For over a decade Darl and his colleagues have been exploring how individuals, teams and organisations succeed in a world of increasingly ubiquitous social and technical connectivity. Leading virtual teams of researchers based in Australia, New Zealand and the US, he has conducted a large-scale survey of 400+ distributed team members from 29 countries to discover how ‘requisite connectivity’ contributes to performance and wellbeing, as well as the relationship between communication choice (agency) and hyper-connectivity (overload).
As far as we know, Darl will be the first Professor of Connectivity in the world, signalling the School’s and the University’s support for new fields of inquiry.
Darl will take up his role with from June 1. We congratulate Darl on his appointment.
Darl is a facilitator on The ICEHOUSE Owner Manager Programme. To find out more about the programme, click here.