Alumni Stories

Robert J. Bies, MBA, Ph.D.

Professor of Management and
Founder, Executive Master’s in Leadership Program
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Robert J. Bies

Professor Bies speaks eloquently on Georgetown’s values, history and traditions. Cura personalis, a Jesuit precept that means “care for the whole person,” is a central theme for him as a teacher. Here he reflects on Rev. Leo O’Donovan, S.J., community-based learning, his academic research and the books he has authored. With a boundless energy, Bies covers a wide variety of topics ranging from President Lincoln’s leadership lessons to personal teachable moments and learning resilience. Bies embraces the Georgetown ideal of “making a difference in the world” through the courses he teaches and the students he inspires. He appreciates that stories have the power to move people to action—“speak to the heart and the mind will follow.”

Bies is professor of management and founder of the Executive Master’s in Leadership program at the McDonough School of Business. He co-authored Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge—And How to Stop It and is a frequent media commentator. Bies’ current research focuses on leadership, the delivery of bad news, organizational justice and revenge and forgiveness in the workplace. At Georgetown, he has received numerous awards and accolades for outstanding teaching.

Additional Resources

University News
“Social Entrepreneurs Combine Coursework, Community”
http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=49338

University Webcasts
“Revenge in the Workplace”
Expert commentary by Robert Bies
March 30, 2010
http://explore.georgetown.edu/news/?ID=50519

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