Ian O. Williamson is the Dean of the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. He is the past Pro-Vice Chancellor and the Dean of the Wellington School of Business and Government at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Professor Williamson has also served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (USA) and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA).
Ian’s research focuses on the impact the talent pipelines on community and organizational outcomes. He has studied these issues in a wide range of settings ranging from European Fortune 500 firms to Indonesian SMEs to USA ethnic minority communities to Australian Indigenous Businesses. Ian’s research has received several international awards and has been covered by media outlets across the world. Drawing upon this research Ian has helped public sector, private sector and not-for-profit executives in over 20 countries across six continents drive organizational innovation, navigate change, manage diverse workforces and enhance operational and financial performance.