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John Burrows

John Burrows

Director, Texas Executive MBA Program
Faculty, Department of Management

  • Ph.D, Tulane University
  • BA, Vanderbilt University

Dr. John Burrows is a faculty member in the department of management and the director of the Texas Executive MBA program at The University of Texas at Austin. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt in 1988. Following graduation, he moved to Germany to work for Ingenieurbüro Glöckl in Munich as a financial analyst for development projects with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). He was responsible for projects in Ethiopia (infrastructure), Ghana (food and beverage), China (medical device manufacturing), Mauretania (banking), and the former East Germany (consumer products), among others.

While at Ingenieurbüro Glöckl Dr. Burrows also managed joint ventures between organizations in Western and Eastern Europe. New companies were founded in Poland (construction supplies), Turkey (entertainment), Yugoslavia (food and beverage), and Russia (consumer products). Fascinated by life in East Germany, he took a job with Ernst & Young in Leipzig, Germany soon after the fall of the Berlin wall. He conducted mergers and acquisitions of the former East German conglomerates in the food and beverage, oil and gas, and consumer products industries.

In 1994, he moved back home to Austin and joined Dell Computer Corporation as it became a global corporation. He was responsible for financial systems in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Australia, Korea, and Vietnam. Since earning his PhD from Tulane University, he has received four teaching awards in the last six years. He currently teaches leadership, negotiation, and managing teams. Dr. Burrows is a speaker at numerous industry and organizational conferences, and his published work in cross-cultural leadership has received accolades from the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists.