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Dr. Dean McFarlin is Dean and Professor of Management at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business.

His research includes cross-cultural management, organizational justice, leadership and executive influence processes on top-management teams. Listed among the 200 most-cited management scholars in the past 30 years, McFarlin has published more than 50 books, chapters and articles on international management, leadership, organizational behavior and other topics.

A member of many boards and committees, McFarlin brings more than 25 years of academic experience in undergraduate, graduate and executive education.

Arriving at the University of Dayton in 1999, McFarlin served as professor of management as well as NCR Professor of Global Leadership Development.

He helped successfully maintain Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation for the business school there and has been deeply involved with fundraising activities for a variety of initiatives.

Dr. McFarlin also was involved in developing Dayton's strategic plan for its entrepreneurship program, which is considered by the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 25 programs in the nation, and led collaborative partnerships with the Innovation Center in Dayton's School of Engineering and Ohio's largest angel investment organization.

Dr. McFarlin has also held academic positions at Marquette University and SUNY-Albany.


  • P.h.D., Social/Organizational Psychology, SUNY-Buffalo
  • B.A., Psychology, Marquette University 

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Articles in Journals

McFarlin, D.B., Jiao, H., & Zhu, Y. (2014). Deliberation, Intuition, or Both: What Helps Sales Professionals Adapt? Academy of Management Perspective.

McFarlin, D. B., Jiao, H., & Zhu, Y. (2014). Collaboration in Geographically Dispersed Teams: What Kind of "Distance" Matters Most? Academy of Management Perspective.

McFarlin, D. B. & Coget, J.F. (2013). How Does Empowerment Work in High and Low Power-Distance Cultures? Academy of Management Perspective.  

McFarlin, D. B., Enns, H.G., & Sweeney, P.D. (2011). How CIOs Overcome the Competing Values Challenge: Irish CIOs' Perspectives. Communications of the Assoc for Info Systems.  

Books, Monographs, Compilations, Manuals

McFarlin, D. B. & Sweeney, P. D. (2017).  International Organizational Behavior: Transcending Borders and Cultures (2nd Ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Sweeney, P.D. & McFarlin, D. B. (2015). International Management: Strategic Opportunities and Cultural Challenges (5th ed.) Routledge [B].  

McFarlin, D. B. & Sweeney, P.D. (2013). International Organizational Behavior: Transcending Borders and Cultures, Routledge.  

McFarlin, D. B. (2011). International Management: Strategic Opportunities and Cultural Challenges (4th ed.) Routledge.