In April 2014, Professor Diermeier was named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, which is "appointed on the basis of past achievement and future promise". He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and was named among the World's 50 Best Business School Professors by Fortune magazine. He is the 2007 recipient of the Faculty Pioneer Award from the Aspen Institute, named the "Oscar of Business Schools" by the Financial Times. He has won 13 teaching awards including the 2001 Kellogg Lavengood Professor of the Year Award and the 2013 Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year award.
His teaching and research focuses on political institutions, the interaction of business and politics, crisis leadership, reputation management, integrated strategy, and strategic aspects of corporate social responsibility. He has published two books, 40 case studies, and over 80 research articles (organized by subject) in academic journals, mostly in the fields of economics, political science, management, but also in other areas ranging from linguistics and psychology to computer science and applied mathematics. His most recent book, Reputation Rules: Strategies for Managing Your Company's Most Valuable Asset was published in 2011 and has been translated into Japanese and Mandarin. His research has been featured globally in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week, The Financial Times, Fortune, and The New York Times.
Professor Diermeier has advised many of the world's leading companies. His clients include Abbott Laboratories, Accenture, Allianz, Baxter International, BP, Edelman, Eisal, Ernst & Young, Exelon, the FBI, General Mills, W.W. Grainger, Hyatt, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, McDonald's, Medtronic, Metro AG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Shell, State Farm, Takeda, UnitedHealth Group and many others.
He is the academic director of the CEO Perspectives Program (a joint venture among the Kellogg School of Management, University of Chicago, and the Corporate Leadership Center), Kellogg's most senior executive education program, and serves as Chairman of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation, winner of the 2012 Chicago "Up-and Comer" Innovation Award. He is a research fellow at the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research (CIFAR) and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. In December 2004, he was appointed to the Management Board of the FBI.
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