Peter J. Brews, Ph.D., is the dean of the Darla Moore School of Business. Brews, a native of South Africa, brings more than 25 years of international business education experience to the position, having taught at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business before UNC. At UNC Kenan-Flagler, Brews taught global context to full-time and executive MBA students and global strategy to students in the OneMBA, a program he suggested to the school soon after joining in 2000. In 2006 he was named associate dean of OneMBA and served in this capacity for seven years. Prior to UNC he was assistant professor at Duke University for six years, teaching strategic management and global business strategy in Fuqua’s full-time and executive MBA programs.
Brews started his career in banking and finance before charting a course in academia. He started as lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was visiting professor at various U.S. universities before serving as an assistant professor at Babson College for a year prior to Duke. Brews earned his undergraduate degree in business and an LL.B and higher diploma in corporate law from the University of Witwatersrand. He went on to earn a master’s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University and two doctorates in business administration from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Pittsburgh.
He has written extensively about strategic management for Internet-generation companies and over the past decade has developed a deep understanding of the struggle for productivity worldwide, focusing on how nations, firms and individuals are coping with the fast changing, complex, highly competitive global environment of the early 21st century. Companies often invite Brews to share his views on the structure and evolution of the global economy and how globalization and the Internet and information technology are altering business practice and corporate competitiveness. The companies span industries and include The Boeing Company, Eastman Chemical Company, Caterpillar, Inc., Progress Energy, Siemens AG, Lucent Technologies Asia/Pacific, The Mandarin Hotel Group of Hong Kong, Ford Motor Company, LG of South Korea and Barclays Bank PLC. He is an editorial board member for the Journal of Asia-Pacific Business and has earned numerous teaching awards for his graduate level instruction.