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“At Marshall, our focus is on producing leaders with the skills to turn ideas into outcomes for the real world, right now.”

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Welcome to USC Marshall, a global business school in the heart of Los Angeles. Consistently ranked among the nation’s premier schools, Marshall offers impressive international and experiential opportunities, backed by cutting edge research and industry engagement and supported by the uniquely powerful Trojan Network.

USC is among the most global universities in the U.S. located in the heart of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and dynamic cities – and no part of USC is more global than Marshall. Our students and alumni continue to play leading roles in the industries that have built and continue to drive L.A. forward — from real estate and accounting, to marketing and finance, and entertainment and tech. With cross-disciplinary excellence spanning from the performing arts to the data sciences, Marshall is a learning lab where students draw on the region’s cultural diversity, entrepreneurial mindset, and creative energy.

At Marshall, our focus is on producing leaders with the skills to turn ideas into outcomes for the real world, right now. Our award-winning faculty thought leadership and experiential learning environment creates leaders who are visionary and adaptable; prepared not only for the jobs of today, but also for future careers not yet imagined that the Marshall community will help shape.

Our future-facing DNA is bolstered by the unrivaled Trojan Network, more than 380,000 strong across 92 countries. The Trojan Family is the foundation of powerful career outcomes, establishing two-way linkages between students and business leaders. The tight knit Marshall network is inclusive, active, and intensely loyal, opening doors for all graduates to have success and impact in the workplace.

Above all, it’s our resourcefulness and resiliency that continues to set us apart. Our mission extends beyond the research our faculty do and the careers our students begin. Marshall has an outsized role to play in the evolution of business toward a more sustainable, equitable and engaged future. I continue to believe that business can and will change the world for the better, and that the USC Marshall School of Business is helping power that change through breakthrough ideas translated into real world outcomes.

I see exciting opportunities to work with all of you to turn our wildest aspirations into world-changing results.

Geoff Garrett
Geoffrey Garrett
Dean, USC Marshall School of Business
Robert R. Dockson Dean's Chair in Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organization

Dr. Geoffrey Garrett joins the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business as Dean, Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organization.

He becomes the 18th dean of the Marshall School, which is celebrating its centennial year in 2020-21. Garrett assumed the role on July 1, 2020 after six years as Dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Garrett rejoins USC, having taught here from 2005-2008 as a professor of international relations, business administration, communications and law while also serving as the President of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Additionally, Garrett’s previous administrative appointments include service as Dean of the business schools at both the University of Sydney (where he was also founding CEO of the United States Studies Centre) and UNSW Australia, and as founding Dean of the International Institute as well as Vice Provost of International Studies at UCLA.

Dr. Garrett is a member of the board of directors of Park Hotels and Resorts and has served on the advisory boards for the Indian School of Business, the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance and the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

A distinguished international political economist, Garrett has held academic appointments at Oxford, Stanford and Yale universities. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a winner of the Foreign Policy Association Medal and the Advance Global Australian Award.

Dr. Garrett is a LinkedIn Influencer whose blog is widely followed by academic, business and thought leaders. His expertise on world politics, business and the global economy, as well as on and U.S./China relations, is sought after by major media organizations around the world.

Garrett holds a BA (Honors) from the Australian National University, and an MA and Ph.D. from Duke University where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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Installation of USC Marshall School of Business Dean Geoffrey Garrett

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A Conversation with President Carol L. Folt and Dean Geoff Garrett

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The Future of Investment

Join investors Catherine Wood, Jacqueline Reses, and USC’s Amy Diamond as they discuss the impact of geopolitics in investing, crypto, and the rise of private markets and alternative investments with Dean Geoff Garrett.

New Perspectives on Business School Leadership

Join Dean Geoff Garrett in early 2022 for an open discussion on the evolution of the business school experience with Deans Erika James of Wharton, Ann Harrison of Haas, and Francesca Cornelli of Kellogg.

Recorded: Jan 19, 2022

Dean's Dialogue: A Conversation with Marc Benioff

Join Dean Garrett for a conversation with Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce

Recorded: Oct 26, 2021

Now is the Time: Women, Leadership, and Growth in 2021

Today, companies around the world are embracing diversity on boards and in the executive ranks, in order to more effectively capture consumer insights and fuel growth. Yet, expanding opportunities for women at the top levels of corporate leadership remains a significant challenge. Join Dean Geoff Garrett for a conversation with Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Renee Fraser, and Molly Campbell, three C-suite level executives with real-life lessons in how companies and government agencies can and should seek to benefit from more inclusive leadership perspectives.

Recorded: May 4, 2021


Business and Change in Hong Kong, China and Asia

Ronnie Chan is chairman of the Hang Lung Group, one of Greater China’s leading property companies, and global Co-Chair of the Asia Society. Mr. Chan received his MBA from USC in 1976 and has maintained close ties to the university ever since, serving as a longtime Trustee and launching the USC Hong Kong Alumni Association. In this Dean’s Dialogue with Geoff Garrett he will discuss the future of business and the economy in Hong Kong and mainland China as well as the implications for Asia of changing Sino-American relations.

Recorded March 11, 2021


Gojek: Building Indonesia’s Digital Powerhouse

If you’re anywhere in Indonesia and need a ride, a lunch, or something delivered, you’ll likely simply open the Gojek app. Kevin Aluwi ’09 joined this startup as co-founder and co-CEO not long after he returned to Indonesia from L.A. He’s since captured the market for on-demand transportation and online payments in his home country, and his empire is growing. Dean Geoff Garrett gets the details of Aluwi’s entrepreneurial journey in this Dean’s Dialogue.

Recorded February 23, 2021


How Algorithms Helped Greece Cope With COVID-19

Marshall Dean, Geoff Garrett, talks to Kimon Drakopoulos and Vishal Gupta, two Marshall data science professors, who developed advanced AI algorithms to help the Greek government admit tourists this past summer. They will discuss how “Project Eva” guided the Greek government on which tourists should be given scarce coronavirus tests based not on the conventional indicator of the symptoms they expressed but rather on where they were coming from and their demographic characteristics. The results were very impressive. Nearly twice as many people infected with the disease were tested than would have been the case relying on expressed symptoms. The success of Eva’s COVID-19 testing strategy in Greece has generated considerable interest from other countries as the virus continues to ravage the globe.

Recorded November 13, 2020 11:00AM


 Zoom and the New Normal

Marshall Dean, Geoff Garrett, talks to Eric Yuan, the CEO and founder of Zoom, the video platform that has seen astronomical growth during the pandemic and that now powers workplaces, universities and schools across the world. The conversation will cover topics such as the secret to Zoom’s success, the importance of lifelong learning, the value of customer feedback, and what the post-COVID world will look like for Zoom. In addition, Eric will be presented with the USC Marshall Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies’ Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Recorded October 26, 2020 12:00 PM


Leading Football Through Change; Leading Change Through Football

Marshall Dean, Geoff Garrett, discuss leadership with Pete Carroll, who is the executive vice president and head coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, and formerly the head coach of the USC football team.

The conversation touches on numerous topics, including the relationship between leadership and performance, the anatomy of coaching, what the future holds for football, and the impact Black Lives Matter movement is having on the NFL.

Recorded  September 22, 12:30 - 1:30pm 


Antiracism in Business

Marshall Dean, Geoff Garrett, discusses antiracism in business with three Marshall professors who are distinguished in their work in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism: Sharoni Little, Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Professor of Clinical Business Communication; Sarah Townsend,  Associate Professor of Management and Organization; and Shaun Harper, Provost Professor of Management and Organization, Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, and USC Race and Equity Center Executive Director. The conversation will cover how leaders can think about antiracism in the current moment, what it means for businesses and business education, and how it features in Marshall’s vision.

Recorded September 2, 12:00 - 1:00 PM