Michigan Ross Dean Scott DeRue Becomes First Sitting Dean To Win Prestigious Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award


Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean at the Ross School of Business, is the first sitting dean to earn the prestigious Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award from the Academy of Management.

As the 2019 recipient, Dean DeRue becomes the second Michigan Ross faculty member to receive the honor, which for the past 22 years, has recognized the achievement of early- to mid-career scholars for their high-quality and prolific research. Michigan Ross professor David Mayer earned the recognition in 2016.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Academy of Management with the Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award. Prior winners of this award include many of my academic heroes, and to be mentioned along with them is one of the most humbling experiences of my career,” DeRue said. “My research is driven by a curiosity to understand what makes extraordinary leaders tick. How do leaders learn and grow? How do leaders build high-performing organizations? How do leaders adapt in dynamic environments? And how can leaders use their talents to make the world around them a better place? To have an esteemed organization like the Academy of Management recognize this work is truly inspiring.”

In the selection announcement, the award committee highlighted the magnitude of DeRue’s work, which includes a wide range of articles, books, and chapters. The committee also noted the significant impact of DeRue’s research on the field of organizational behavior, in particular his contributions to the study of leadership and team performance. Finally, the committee emphasized how DeRue has put his research on leadership and teamwork into practice as leader of Michigan Ross.

“Scott is a prolific scholar with a strong reputation, and exceptionally well deserving of the OB Divisions' Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award 2019,” the committee wrote.

Congratulations, Dean DeRue!