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1987-88 › John M. Ivancevich
10th Farfel Recipient

Department of Management
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Management
College of Business Administration

Jack Ivancevich recognizes that the computer on his desk, and on everybody’s, can be a blessing or “a monstrosity.” As the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management, he conducts research on computer-based management, the impact of organizational stress on workers’ health and performance, the process of training through the internet and intranet, and computer phobias.

Professor Ivancevich joined the University of Houston in 1974, serving as chair of the management department from 1975-76, and dean of the College of Business Administration from 1988-95. From 1995-1997 he was UH’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. He is especially pleased with the stewardship the University of Houston provided in helping to start up the MBA program at the Madrid Business School, essentially exporting the American MBA degree to Spain. Despite his administrative service, however, he considers himself primarily an academic.

He thinks Aaron Farfel’s view of undergraduate education at the university has influenced him. “Whenever I met with Mr. Farfel, I was the one who benefited the most. If he wanted a bit of information, I came away from that meeting learning more about how to support an institution of higher education.” Today he insists on teaching undergraduate courses as much as possible. Professor Ivancevich considers teaching undergraduates absolutely essential for faculty members, because “only by teaching at this level can we understand the core of what our institution is and where it is going.”

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