William G. Dyer

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William G. Dyer
BornOctober 4, 1925
Portland, Oregon, United States
Provo, Utah, United States
EducationB.A. (1950)
M.A. (1952)
Ph.D. (1955) Social psychology
Alma materBrigham Young University
University of Wisconsin
OccupationFormer Dean of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University
Parent(s)George William Dyer and Ada Gibb

William Gibb Dyer (aka Bill Dyer) was an American educator who served as the fourth Dean of the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (BYU). He received a B.A. from BYU in 1950, followed by a M.A. from the same institution two years later. In 1955 he earned a Ph.D. in Social psychology from the University of Wisconsin.[1]

Bill's academic and professional careers focused on the topics of organizational change and team dynamics. While a professor, Dyer concurrently worked as a consultant. Bill co-founded Dyer & Associates with sons W. Gibb Dyer, Jr. and Jeff H. Dyer (who are also BYU professors). As part of this venture, Bill consulted companies including Exxon, General Foods, AT&T, and Honeywell.[2] Bill was also a founding partner of Business for Social Responsibility, Inc. Author of Team Building, Dyer also co-developed of the world's first 360-degree feedback instrument to evaluate managerial style and effectiveness.[3] Bill taught at BYU in the Marriott School of Management for 30 years and helped organize the school's Department of Organizational Behavior, serving as its first chair.[4] He served as Dean of the Marriott School from 1979 to 1984, during which time the school's Tanner Building was constructed.[5]

Dyer had five children (Gibb, Mike, Lisa, Jeff, and David) and was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—having served as a stake president, bishop, and full-time missionary. In Fall 2003, BYU memorialized Dyer by creating the William G. Dyer Institute for Leading Organizational Change within the Marriott School of Management.[4]

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  1. ^ "BYU Undergraduate Catalog 1997-1998". Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  2. ^ "About Us". Dyer & Associates. Retrieved 2008-05-30. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "William G. Dyer". Profile Plus, Inc. Retrieved 2008-05-30. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ a b "BYU Establishes Institute for Leading Organizational Change". Marriott Magazine. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  5. ^ Hicken, Robb (2005-12-01). "Campus continues to expand, undergoes renovation in the '80s". The Daily Universe. Retrieved 2008-05-30.