David De Cremer appointed dean of D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University

David De Cremer. Courtesy photo

David De Cremer, a behavioral scientist, educator, researcher, keynote speaker and best-selling author, has been appointed as the new Dunton Family Dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He will start on July 1.

De Cremer comes to Northeastern University from the National University of Singapore, where he is the provost chair and professor of management and organization in the Business School. He is also the founder and director of the Center on AI Technology for Humankind.

“I’m honored and excited to be the new Dunton Family Dean at D’Amore-McKim School of Business,” De Cremer said. “Working together with the many talented people at Northeastern University, I look forward to building a school that prioritizes passion for growth, cross-border thinking and creating impact in everything we do.” 

De Cremer’s research and teaching focuses on human behavior in organizations, specifically on the theme of leading organizational change and the use of emerging technologies to drive digital transformation.

He also champions the necessity for interdisciplinary approaches to understand more deeply the drivers of innovation, trust and justice to positively impact industry and society. 

David Madigan, Northeastern provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, expects De Cremer will reimagine ways a D’Amore-McKim education is delivered by building on the university’s focus on experiential learning and humanics—the combination of technological, data and human literacy that students need to be successful in the changing world.

“David’s experience of bringing behavioral sciences together with a focus on the new advanced and emerging technologies will uniquely position him to carry forward the ethos of Northeastern University to prepare graduates for careers of the future,” Madigan said.

De Cremer is a strong advocate for promoting and researching work cultures that respect people as “whole” human beings, with a special focus on well-being, health and motivation.

He will bring that philosophy with him to Northeastern.

“I’m confident that this will inspire our students to reach their full potential as future leaders and global citizens,” De Cremer said.

Previously, he was the KPMG endowed professor of management studies at Cambridge Judge Business School in the United Kingdom and a fellow at St. Edmunds College, University of Cambridge.

In addition to his academic work, De Cremer is a recognized global thought leader in management by Thinkers50, a best-selling author, frequent keynote speaker and experienced business consultant. His work has been published in many leading academic journals.

He has also served as associate editor for top journals such as the Academy of Management Annals and Social Justice Research, and is on the Founding Editor list of the journal AI and Ethics. 

Building on his interdisciplinary and international outlook, De Cremer said he looks forward to serving Northeastern by further promoting and growing D’Amore-McKim as the “global business school for tomorrow.”

In 2012, D’Amore-McKim became the first college or school to be named at Northeastern when alumni Richard D’Amore and Alan McKim joined forces to make a $60 million philanthropic investment, the largest in the university’s history. D’Amore currently serves as chair of the Board of Trustees and McKim as vice chair.

Today, the D’Amore-McKim School includes 4,779 undergraduate students, 1,418 graduate students and 205 faculty members, as well as over 600 co-op partners in nearly 60 countries and 110 cities around the world.

David Nordman is executive editor of Northeastern Global News. Follow him on Twitter @davenordman.