Dr. Bradley R. Staats is a professor at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He works with individuals and organizations to learn and improve in order to stay relevant, innovate and succeed on an ongoing basis. He is the author of Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive. His teaching and research focus on how to help individuals to learn and to design organizations to learn as well as how to incorporate analytics in this process so that data can drive decision-making. In addition to teaching about these topics at UNC Kenan-Flagler, he works with companies around the world on their learning and analytics’ strategies. Brad leads UNC’s Business of Health Care Initiative, a cross-campus, interdisciplinary effort to tackle the most pressing challenges in health care.
Brad investigates the understudied role of human behavior in learning and operational improvement. He integrates work in operations management and behavioral science to understand how and under what conditions individuals, teams and organizations can perform their best. He conducts field-based research in such settings as health care and software services, consulting, call centers and retail. He also uses archival data and field experiments to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to improve both theory and practice.
Brad publishes frequently in and serves on the editorial boards of numerous leading academic journals. His work has been featured in a variety of media outlets. He has won numerous teaching and research awards, including the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award from the Production and Operations Management Society, the Poets & Quants award as one of the 40 most outstanding business-school professors under 40 in the world, and the Warren Bennis Prize for best article in Harvard Business Review on leadership.
He received his Doctorate of Business Administration in technology and operations management and Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He received his Bachelor of Science with honors in electrical engineering and his Bachelor of Arts with high honors in Plan II and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin where he was named the Most Outstanding Male Graduate of his graduating class.
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Prior to his academic career, he worked as a venture capitalist at a leading firm in the southeastern United States. He also worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and strategic planning at Dell Corporation.
Brad lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and three sons. There he can frequently be found on baseball fields helping coach each of his kids’ teams.