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Remembering Abraham Siegel

Abraham J. Siegel, former MIT Sloan dean, 88; led School in time of strategic growth

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Abraham J. Siegel, a former dean of MIT Sloan who reorganized the School’s faculty into the three major areas of focus still used today, died on January 16, 2011. He was 88.

An expert in labor relations, negotiation, and organization studies, Siegel came to the Institute in 1954, originally as an instructor in the Department of Economics. He was named a full professor—with a dual appointment at MIT Sloan and the Department of Economics—in 1964. From 1967 until 1981, Siegel was MIT Sloan’s associate dean under Dean William Pounds, and he was named head of MIT Sloan in June 1981, serving in that position through 1987. He was most recently the Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management Emeritus at the Institute.

As a professor, Siegel taught a course to MIT Sloan Fellows focusing on dilemmas and decisions in interpersonal relations and organizational settings. His research interests were in labor economics and labor/management relations, conflict management and resolution, and organization design and personnel issues.

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