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 everybodys, 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 UHs 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 Farfels 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.