John Delaney

Professor of Business Administration


Organizations and Entrepreneurship
2112 Sennott Square

From August 2006 - July 2015, John T. Delaney served as dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business & College of Business Administration. He was the sixth person to serve as dean since the establishment of the Graduate School of Business in 1960. During his tenure as dean, Delaney successfully encouraged greater collaboration among faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends to create and deliver an outstanding education in business. 

Delaney was born in Rochester, N.Y. He earned a B.S. degree in industrial relations from LeMoyne College in 1977 and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois in 1980 and 1983, respectively. After receiving his doctoral degree, he accepted a position at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he served as an assistant and associate professor. In 1989, he joined the management faculty at the University of Iowa. In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of professor of management and served in that capacity until 2000. At Iowa, he also served as director of the Industrial Relations Center, university ombudsperson, and chair of the Department of Marketing. In 2000, Delaney joined the faculty of the Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University (MSU), where he served as professor of management and associate dean for MBA Programs until moving to Pitt.

He is widely recognized for his scholarship in negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. In addition to publishing numerous books, reports, and articles since 1980, Delaney has provided expert testimony in Washington, D.C. to the National Labor Relations Board and the Subcommittee on Labor of the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has also been interviewed and quoted by reporters from many news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, CBS News, and National Public Radio.

Delaney has won a variety of teaching honors, including the Society for Human Resource Management-University of Iowa (Hawkeye) Chapter-Outstanding Professor Award (1994-1995) and recognition as one of the University of Iowa's "Outstanding Faculty Members" in A Business Week Guide: The Best Business Schools, 3rd and 4th editions, 1993 and 1995. His administrative efforts at MSU have been credited with stimulating curricular innovations and enhancing student satisfaction, which generated positive assessments of the Broad MBA Program. 

View past posts from John Delaney's blog, Notes from the Dean.