Taylor Randall

Dean and Professor; George S. Eccles Faculty Fellow; David Eccles Emerging Scholar

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Dean Taylor Randall has led The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business since 2009. Randall has elevated the school’s national reputation as a place of innovation, garnering top 10 entrepreneurship rankings for both undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2019-20 alone, eight of the school’s programs were ranked Top 25.

Under his leadership, the value of an Eccles School education has increased dramatically. Experiential learning opportunities have expanded along with the institutes and centers that offer invaluable experience to students in fields ranging from finance to social impact to policy creation. The Marriner S. Eccles Institute for Economics and Quantitative Analysis, the Sorenson Impact Center, the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, and the Goff Strategic Leadership Center all have opened under Randall’s direction.

Additionally, the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute has continued to grow with the opening of Lassonde Studios, a unique living and learning space that includes 400 beds and a 20,000-square-foot fully equipped makerspace for students to launch their dreams.

Randall has focused not only on creating the best business education in the state of Utah, but also has helped students grow and apply their skills through internships and career opportunities. He launched a fully staffed Business Career Services team with career coaches dedicated to Eccles School students. The Corporate Outreach arm of that office develops relationships with top employers across the globe.
The Eccles School campus now includes six buildings, including the Robert H. and Katharine B. Garff Building, which welcomes students in the MBA and Executive Education programs in Fall 2018.

Randall leads the school’s Eccles Advisory Board, consisting of CEOs and other prominent business minds around the country and world, to help him provide vision for the school’s future.
The Eccles School’s more than 37,000 alumni gather at more than 75 annual networking events both locally and internationally, and give back to the school by mentoring, hiring, and helping to recruit students.

Before assuming the role of dean, Randall served as a professor of accounting for 11 years, earning accolades throughout his teaching career. He served as the George S. Eccles Faculty Fellow, won the MBA and Executive MBA teaching awards, the Brady Superior Teaching Award and the Marvin J. Ashton Excellence Award. Under his guidance as faculty director, the University Venture Fund became the largest student-run venture fund in the country.

In addition to his work in the classroom and the dean’s office at the David Eccles School of Business, Randall has served as visiting faculty at Wharton, Washington University and INSEAD.

Randall graduated from the University of Utah with honors in accounting and then earned an MBA and Ph.D. in operations and information management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His research there focused on the economic impact of operational strategies.

Randall’s roots at the University of Utah run deep. His grandfather, Clyde, served as dean of the business school and Randall’s father, Reed, also worked at the U as a professor and director of the School of Accounting.

Randall and his wife have four children and reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Areas of Expertise

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  • Honors, Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH
  • MBA and Ph.D. Operations and Information Management, WHARTON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS at the UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Honors & Awards
  • Executive MBA Teaching Award. University of Utah, 2009
  • MBA Teaching Award. University of Utah, 2007
  • Finalist for Best Paper Award. California Management Review, 2005
  • Wharton Teaching Award. University of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Distinguished Teaching Award. Brady Alumni, 2003
  • Best MBA Professor. Utah Graduate Business Students, 2003
  • Batten Visiting Fellow. University of Virginia, 2003
  • David Eccles Emerging Scholar. University of Utah, 2001
  • Marvin J. Ashton Undergraduate Teaching Award. University of Utah, 2001
  • STRAT 5750-001 Profiles of Leadership
  • STRAT 6760-001 Profiles of Leadership
Research Statement
Issues at Interface of Accounting and Operations Management, Strategic cost management, Supply chain management, Product variety management. Economic Incentives and Supplier Scorecards
  • Randall, T., & Harry Groenevelt, Nils Rudi. (2009). End-of-Period vs. Continuous Accounting of Inventory-Related Costs. Operations Research. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 12/2009.
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  • Randall, T., & Gerard Cachon, Glen Schmidt. (2007). In Search of the Bullwhip Effect. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 09/2007.
  • Randall, T., & Christian Terweisch, Karl Ulrich. (2007). User Design of Customized Products. Marketing Science. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 03/2007.
  • Randall, T., & Serguei Netessine, Nils Rudi. (2006). An Empirical Examination of the Decision to Invest in Fulfillment Capabilities: A Study of Internet Retailers. Management Science. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 2006.
  • Randall, T., & Susan Kulp, Gregg Brandyberry, Kevin Potts. (2006). Internal Control Systems and Incentives: The Next Phase of Procurement Efficiency. Interfaces. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 05/2006.
  • Randall, T., & Christian Terweisch, Karl Ulrich. (2005). Principles for User Design of Customized Products. California Management Review. Practice – refereed, Published, 2005.
  • Randall, T., & Susan Chesteen, Berit Helgheim, Don Wardell. (2005). Comparing quality of care in for-profit and non-profit nursing homes: a process perspective. Journal of Operations Management. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 2005.
  • Randall, T., & Ruskin Morgan and Alysse Morton. (2004). Efficient versus Responsive Supply Chain Choice: An Empirical Investigation. Journal of Product Innovation Management. Published, 2004.
  • Randall, T., & Christopher Ittner and David Larcker. (2004). Performance Implications of Strategic Performance Measurement in Financial Services Firms. Accounting Organizations and Society. Published, 2004.
  • Randall, T., & Christopher Ittner, David Larcker. (2003). Performance Implications of Strategic Performance Measurement in Financial Services Firms. Accounting Organizations and Society. Discipline based – refereed, Published, 10/2003.
  • Randall, T., & Nils Rudi and Serguei Netessine. (2002). Should you take the Virtual Path. Supply Chain Management Review. Published, 11/2002.
  • Randall, T., & Karl Ulrich. (2001). Product Variety, Supply Chain Structure, and Firm Performance: An Empirical Examination of the U.S. Bicycle Industry. Management Science. Published, 12/2001.
  • Randall, T., & Karl Ulrich and David Reibstein. (1999). Brand Equity and Product Line Extent. Marketing Science. Published, 01/1999.
  • Randall, T., & David Reibstein and Karl Ulrich. (1998). Brand Equity and Line Extension: How Low Can You Go?. (pp. 7 thru 8). Financial Times, Part Four of Mastering Marketing. Published, 10/1998.
  • Randall, T., & with Karl Ulrich, Marshall Fisher, and David Reibstein. (1998). Managing Product Variety: A Study of the Bicycle Industry. Managing Product Variety. Published, 1998.
  • Randall, T., & Christopher Ittner and David Larcker. (1997). The Activity Based Cost Hierarchy, Production Policies, and Firm Profitability. Journal of Management Accounting Research. Published, 1997.
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Associate Editor. 2006 – present
  • Management Science. Associate Editor. 2005 – present
  • Production and Operations Management. Associate Editor. 2005 – present
  • Chapman Innovations. Board Member. 2003 – present
  • University Venture Fund. Board Member. 2003 – present
  • POMS Chronicle. Associate Editor. 2003 – 2003
  • Management Science. Reviewer. 0001 – 0002
  • Marketing Science. Reviewer. 0001 – 0002
  • Accounting Horizons. Reviewer. 0001 – 0002
  • Production and Operations Management. Reviewer. 0001 – 0002
  • Institute of Management Accountants Chapter, Faculty Advisor. 1999 – 1999. Other service.
  • University of Utah, Faculty Advisor to University Venture Fund. 0001 – 0002. Other service.
  • UACPA Education Foundation, Member of Board of Trustees. 0001 – 0002. Other service.
  • Departmental continuing education series, Volunteer Lecturer. 0001 – 0002. Other service.