Hiring is always a nasty game, especially when you have a huge committee, such as our 12 members one. For whatever reason, the outside members wanted to impose new candidates on the shortlist our group proposed. Here is the response drafted from M.E.
It is our SC group decision that M should not receive further consideration.
There is no question that M is a serious researcher. The question is where he fits in. M’s record reveals that his focus is the methodology of optimization, not much the substance of SC. So his best fit is ORIE, in business school.
Since M applied for the business school position, we must evaluate him as such. A commonly used measure for business school research is UTD list. On that account, he does not make the cut.
The bottom line is, if M. were applying for Economics/Engineering, we’d vote YES. But for business school? NO.
We respect other committee members opinions, and we expect the same from others.
[SLICED SKY, RED ROCK CANYON, LAS VEGAS, NV, SUMMER, 2014]