Bradley Staats' Sessions
Never Stop Learning
Day 2: 11:30 am - 12:15 pm.
Brad Staats examines how individuals and organizations learn and improve in order to stay relevant, innovate and succeed on an ongoing basis. His teaching focuses on learning and analytics. In addition to teaching on these topics at UNC Kenan-Flagler, he works with many companies around the world on their learning and analytics strategies. In 2014, he was named one of “The World’s 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40” by the graduate business school social network Poets & Quants.
Staats integrates work in operations management and human behavior to understand how and under what conditions individuals, teams and organizations can perform their best. His field-based research in such settings as health care and software services, consulting, call centers and retail, uses archival data and field experiments to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to improve both operations’ theory and practice. In 2016, his article “Why Organizations Don’t Learn” was awarded the Warren Bennis Prizefor best article in Harvard Business Review on leadership. His book, “Never Stop Learning,” was published by Harvard Business Review Press in June 2018 and has been recognized by Axiom Business Book Award, and received a bronze medal in Career Next Big Idea Book Club (Summer 2018 selection).
Staats leads the Business of Health Care Initiative (BOHC), a cross-disciplinary initiative targeting some of the biggest health-care challenges of our time, at UNC Kenan-Flagler. Although the business school leads efforts to establish and grow the BOHC Initiative, it is a pan-university effort that draws upon the wide health sciences strengths across UNC including top-ranked schools of pharmacy, public health, nursing, dentistry, medicine and business. By building on this collaborative powerhouse of resources and talent through the BOHC Initiative, UNC Kenan-Flagler seeks to distinguish both itself and the University as one of the leading national voices in education, research, and thought leadership in the business of health care.
He received his DBA in technology and operations management and MBA from Harvard Business School. He received his BS with honors in electrical engineering and his BA with high honors in Plan II and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Staats worked at a leading venture capital firm in the southeastern United States. He also worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and strategic planning at Dell Corporation.
He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife and three sons.