Kurt T. Dirks is the Bank of America Professor of Managerial Leadership at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research is in the field of Organizational Behavior, and focuses on issues related to leadership and teams. He is best known for his research on the determinants, barriers, and outcomes of trust within organizations and published a number of highly recognized articles on the topic. His work on the topic has involved a wide range of contexts including the U.S. Army, financial institutions, technology companies, sports teams, and laboratory settings involving experiments. In addition, he has conducted work on understanding how teams can effectively identify and formulate complex and ill-structured problems. Dr. Dirks is on the editorial review boards of many of the premier journals in the field of organizational behavior He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.