Best 40-Under-40 Professor Bradley Staats by: Andrea Carter on February 12, 2014 | 2,977 Views February 12, 2014 Copy Link Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Reddit Bradley Staats of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is among the 40 best business school profs under 40 Bradley Staats Associate Professor of Operations Age: 38 Institution: University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School Since: 2009 Before current institution: Before going back to get my doctorate, I worked in investment banking (Goldman Sachs), strategic planning (Dell) and venture capital Hometown: Austin, Texas Marital status: Married for 15 years Children: three boys – 9, 7, 5 Education: Harvard Business School, DBA, Technology and Operations Management Harvard Business School, MBA University of Texas at Austin, BS Electrical Engineering, BA Plan II and Spanish Courses currently teaching: Operations Global Operations Strategy Project Management Fun fact: We had all three of our boys while I was a doctoral student, so my wife and I would joke that even if the academic career didn’t work out, we knew it had been a productive time. Professor I most admire: Rob Huckman–a remarkable scholar and teacher who lets his exceptional work speak for itself. Most memorable moment as a professor: That moment in a case discussion when someone asks a question or brings up a point that sends the discussion in a new, unexpected, and fruitful direction. Thankfully that happens in most classes. “If I weren’t a b-school professor…” I’d have started a software company Bradley Staats’ passion for all things related to teaching, research, and service can be summed up by one of his recent tweets: “Love my job. Gave ops final yesterday. Today to NY to talk worker development & op performance w/ a leading retailer.” This two-time MBA teaching all-star uses his research to investigate what characteristics lead to better outcomes at work. At the cross-section of operations and organizational behavior is where you’ll find Staats, studying ways organizations can have satisfied employees while steadily improving overall productivity. At 38, this top professor obtained tenure two years early in two disciplines: operations and organizational behavior. Bradley Staats is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40“ Comments or questions about this article? Email us.