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Apple hires Yale dean to start Apple University

updated 11:35 pm EDT, Wed October 22, 2008

Apple University dean

Apple recently hired Joel Podolny, the dean of the Yale School of Management, to join the computer maker as the vice president and dean of Apple University, according to the Wall Street Journal. Podolny has worked with Yale since 2005 with a particular focus on organizational-behavior research, with recent studies of how leaders infuse meaning into their organizations. He also taught at Stanford and served as the Director of Research at the Harvard Business School.

The president of Yale, Richard Levin, noted in a farewell announcement that Podolny "leaves the Yale School of Management in the strongest position it has enjoyed in its 30-year history." He also credited the dean with leading the school's efforts to raise more than $170 million for the Yale Tomorrow fund.

In Levin's initial introduction of Podolny in 2005, he highlighted the professor's studies that applied the sociological concept of status to the study of market competition. Other work delved into the relationship between technological evolution and social network perspectives.

No details have yet been released about what the Apple University is going to be, although the expertise of the upcoming dean suggests that it will serve as an educational facility for the company's employees. Apple CEO Steve Jobs previously lead the animation company Pixar, which also has its own university to train and educate staff. The hiring of Podolny could be a signal that Apple is heading in the same direction.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple keeps getting better. The other companies just don't seem to have any ideas at all! They sell computers, make money, have debt because the low ball, and in the end, produce mediocrity and have no real cash to show for it during tough times. Hiring a strategist to head up a school and a manager as well is only ONE thing Jobs has under his belt now. I can't wait to see the others.
    Remember how people didn't take him seriously when he began putting up the Apple Stores?

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    About time

    About fuqen time! I've been looking for affordable, accredited, convenient Apple courses for years. Something similar to the MS ones.
    I hope they improve on their IT stuff though, OS X Server has awesome features but they're unstable to the point where they can't be taken seriously.

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'll won't get excited...

    ...until they hire a football coach and build a stadium for AU. I just hope they don't call the team the "Granny Smiths".

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