Organizational Change Leadership Faculty

Core Faculty

  • Dr. David Szabla

    The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
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    Dr. David Szabla is a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership, Research and Technology, College of Education and Human Development, Western Michigan University where he leads and teaches in the MA and PHD Programs in Organizational Change Leadership. For over twenty years Dr. Szabla has been guiding managers and leaders working in not-for-profit, for-profit, education, government, and military organizations to reach increased levels of organizational performance. His consulting expertise centers on organizational design, mergers and acquisitions, and individual, group, and organizational development. Dr. Szabla’s research centers on leadership and organizational change. Research underway include projects that are exploring organizational change momentum, the structuring of resistance to organizational change, and leadership in the era of emerging technologies. Dr. Szabla is also developing and validating two survey instruments: one that assesses perception of change strategy as perceived by those undergoing an organizational change, and one that assesses receptivity to organizational change along cognitive, emotional, intentional, and behavioral dimensions. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of the Palgrave Macmillan Handbook titled, The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers. He is also the editor-in-chief of the Information Age Publishing Book Series, Research in Management Consulting, and the Edward Elgar Handbook of Research Methods in Organizational Change. Dr. Szabla has been published in several journals including Human Resource Development Quarterly and Research on Organizational Change and Development. Dr. Szabla received his doctorate in Human and Organizational Studies from The George Washington University.

  • Dr. Deirdre Guthrie

    University of Illinois, Chicago
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    Dr. Deirdre Guthrie is an applied anthropologist who has taught in Higher Education since 2005 at the University of Illinois (Chicago), Loyola University (Chicago) and St. Mary’s College and The University of Notre Dame. Dr. Guthrie’s research seeks to understand how the evolving professional identity and well being of global health/humanitarian workers impacts the quality and sustainability of care and level of accompaniment of affected populations in vulnerable communities. She studies this in a context where NGOs are increasingly competitive and professionalized and workers face overwhelming pressures to be “change agents” as they witness human suffering on behalf of citizens of the global north. Since 2014 she has consulted with social change and human development organizations, collaborating with interdisciplinary research teams in need of cross-cultural training in ethnographic methods. She began with the “ALIVE Project” at Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Preventive Medicine where she designed a needs assessment and trained a team of “insider” (congregants) and “outsider” (medical researchers) ethnographers to conduct field research across five African-American churches as part of a community participatory health disparity research project. She was then recruited to be a lead researcher on the Wellbeing at Work Project at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Relations. See a short video of her work with global healthcare workers in Chiapas, Mexico. Her research led to the formation of a “Compassionate “Leadership” program to support professional caregivers as well as contributed to the creation of a scientific assessment tool known as WorkWell. This tool creates staff wellbeing profiles across four dimensions and twelve sub-dimensions of wellbeing, provides tailored insights, and suggests ongoing practices for sustainable flourishing at work. Currently Dr. Guthrie helps advise program leads, translate findings and manage research partners for the Paris-based Wellbeing Project’s Organisational Exploratory Program, which seeks to make inner development central to social change organizations. In this capacity she has worked with the quantitative (neuroscientific) team at The Center for Healthy Minds and qualitative (psychodynamic) team at the Tavistock Center for Human Relations. She is also a contributing facilitator for a new program at Tavistock: Anthropology Works that highlights how the tools of anthropology can be applied to the understanding of organisational challenges, team dynamics and the role of the individual worker amidst complex and uncertain times.

  • Dr. Al Blixt

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Dr. Al Blixt is a senior partner in Dannemiller Tyson Associates (DTA) and a developer of the “Whole-Scale® Change” methodology that helps organizations bring about rapid, sustained change in strategy, culture, organizational processes and design. Built on the principle that people will support what they help to create, Dr. Blixt’s approach to working with organizations stresses engagement and tapping the wisdom that is found within each individual. By uncovering and combining the knowledge and aspirations of the group, new and innovative solutions arise coupled with the energy and commitment to act on them. Since 2010, Dr. Blixt has also served as the managing partner of New Campus Dynamics, a firm dedicated to helping colleges and universities adapt to a changing world. Dr. Blixt has more than 25 years’ experience in organizational consulting after prior careers as an attorney, university business school professor and business owner. His work focuses on helping leaders to mobilize the people of organizations to create futures of their own choosing. His practice includes strategic planning, coaching of leaders and leadership teams, strategy deployment, process and organizational redesign and culture change. He is an expert in the design and facilitation of large group meetings. He is as experienced working with groups of five or five hundred or more. His passion is to help people find what unites and inspires them. Dr. Blixt consults to clients in all sectors including non-profits, business, government, education, and healthcare. He has extensive experience working with higher education and non-profit organizations in strategic planning and board development. Dr. Blixt has worked with many national foundations and professional associations that have diverse stakeholders and unique challenges. Dr. Blixt is the author of numerous articles on organizational change and other business subjects.

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  • Dr. Liliana Menses

    The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

    Dr. Liliana Meneses has worked in higher education since 2003, teaching undergraduate and graduate students at George Mason University, Northeastern University, the George Washington University, and the University of Maryland Global College. For several years now, she has developed Organizational Studies and Human Resource Development and Management curriculum at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Her teaching roster includes courses in the content areas of organizational culture, organizational change, organizational leadership, organizational communication and qualitative research methods. In addition, she has consulted overseas with a variety of non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Her academic and research focus is on organizational culture, global competency development, cross cultural training, and cultural identity development. She feels fortunate that her work has allowed her to travel and teach all over the world, including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Prague, Santiago and Rio de Janeiro. Liliana holds a master's degree in International Education (Framingham State) and a doctorate in Human Resource Development (the George Washington University). She has presented at various national and international conferences primarily on societal and organizational culture based on the topic of her dissertation and has also contributed to the book “Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids” (Cambridge Scholars Press). She has also written a children's book, The Pink Dolphin, which is available on Amazon.

    Highlighted presentations and publications:

    1. Meneses, L.(2012)  Reconceptualizing “Internationalization” in Distance Higher Education. Business Research Yearbook, vol. XIX (1), pp. 151-157. A publication of the International Academy of Business Disciplines  
    2. Meneses, L. & White, B. (2012) Impact of Direct Instruction on Student Perception of Teaching Presence in Online Learning. Journal of Teaching and Education, vol. 1 (2). 
    3. Gamification in Higher Education. Maryland Distance Learning Association Annual Conference, March 2014 
    4. Intercultural competence and Distance Learning. 2013 Keynote Distinguished Guest. Dialogue of the Civilizations. May, 2013, Boston. 
    5. Developing Intercultural Competence in Online Education Programs. 13th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations. June, 2013. Vancouver. 
  • Dr. Josh Jordan

    University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

    Dr. J.B. Jordan, PhD, LSSBB, DML, MAJ (Retired) teaches courses in organizational change at Western Michigan University in the Organizational Change Leadership Master of Arts program. Dr. Jordan earned his PhD in Educational Leadership and Organization Development with a concentration in Human Resource Development from the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development. His dissertation was a meta-analysis of the relationship between employee engagement antecedents, employee engagement, and performance outcomes.  His current research interests include exploring the links between engagement, organizational change, behavioral economics, and diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEI & A) change efforts. Dr. Jordan is a scholar-practitioner holding certifications as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Demonstrated Master Logistician.  He has taught as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Louisville’s College of Education and Human Development’s Master of Human Resources and Organization Development program and as an instructor/writer in strategic supply chain management at the Army Logistics University.  Additionally, he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a training advisor to the Iraqi Army, as well as a trainer mentor at the U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center. Dr. Jordan is a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the U.S. Chess Federation

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology Faculty

  • Dr. Brian Horvitz

    Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
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    A specialist in educational and instructional technology, Dr. Horvitz teaches the program’s instructional design course.

  • Dr. June Gothberg

    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
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    A passionate changemaker and a research and evaluation specialist, Dr. Gothberg teaches the program’s evaluation, measurement, and research course. 

  • Dr. Eric Archer

    Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
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    Dr. Archer brings his research and practice knowledge of international education to the leadership, systems and change course.

  • Dr. Ramona Lewis

    Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
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    Fervent about adult development and global engagement, Dr. Lewis teaches the principles and practices of adult learning course.

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Dan Denison

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

    Over the past 25 years, Dan has advanced the field of Organizational Development and is one of its leading scholars, practitioners and teachers. His work has made many key contributions to the understanding of organizational culture and its relationship to bottom-line business success. The Denison Model of Organizational Culture is the basis for one of the industry’s leading organizational culture assessment tools. His research has shown a strong relationship between organizational culture and business performance metrics such as profitability, growth, customer satisfaction, and innovation. He has consulted with many leading corporations regarding organizational change, leadership development, and the cultural issues associated with mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds, and globalization. “It’s amazing getting to work with top level executives around the world who are trying to build their organizations for the future,” says Dan. “We get to have an impact in companies from India to China, to Russia, to Saudi Arabia, to Japan, to Columbia, to Malaysia. And despite all of the travel, I really enjoy it!” From 1999 through 2016, Dan was Professor of Management and Organization at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Starting in January 2017, he took the title of Professor Emeritus. Prior to joining IMD, Dan was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School, teaching in MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs. A prolific author, Dan’s latest book, co-authored with IMD colleague Robert Hooijberg, is Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 2012). He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, is widely published in leading journals, and has contributed chapters to many books. Having lived, taught and consulted in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East and the Far East, Dan brings a broad understanding and breadth of experience to Denison clients worldwide. Dan earned his B.A. in Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology from Albion College, his M.A. in Sociology from Kent State University, and his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

    Learn more: Denison Consulting.

  • Dr. David W. Jamieson

    University of California, Los Angeles

    Dr. Jamieson is President of the Jamieson Consulting Group, Inc. (providing consultation, leader coaching & speaking), an Executive Fellow, and retired Professor, Organization Development & Change at the University of St. Thomas. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in 3 other graduate OD programs. He has over 50 years of experience consulting to organizations on leadership, change, strategy, design, and human resource issues. He is a Past National President of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD) and Past Chair of the Management Consultation Division and Practice Theme Committee of the Academy of Management (AOM). He has been honored with The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization Development Network (ODN), Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Career Achievement Award from AOM, Distinguished OD Educator from the OD & Change Division of the AOM, Sharing OD Knowledge Award from the ODN, a past-Chair of the Organization Development Education Association and will deliver the 51st Annual Lecture at Benedictine University in Spring 2021 on Use of Self for Leaders & Change Agents. He received his Ph.D. in Management from UCLA, majoring in Organization Design & Development and a BS in Business Administration from Drexel University, with a Behavioral Science minor. Dave is co-author of Managing Workforce 2000: Gaining the Diversity Advantage (Jossey-Bass, 1991), co-author of The Facilitator’s Fieldbook, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Edition (AMACOM, 2012), co-author of Consultation for Organizational Change (IAP, 2010), Consultation for Organizational Change, Revisited (IAP, 2016), co-author of Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network (AMACOM, 2012) and co-author of Enacting Values-Based Change: Organization Development in Action (2018). He has also published 17 chapters and dozens of articles in journals and newsletters. His current writing includes a practitioner book on Use of Self and a new book on Strategic Organization Design. He recently became Editor, OD Review and Assoc. Editor, Journal of Management Inquiry and serves on 2 other editorial review boards: Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences and Journal of Organization Change Management.

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  • Dr. Sandra Janoff

    Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

    Sandra Janoff has twenty-five years experience planning, designing, and facilitating whole-systems interventions in the public and private sector. She co-developed the principle-based methodology called Future Search, a process used world-wide to get the whole system in the room, focusing on the future and creating values-based action strategies. Sandra consults to organizations and communities in Africa, Asia, Europe, India, North and South America, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked on a vast array of complex social, technical and economic issues and has taught Future Search principles to over 4000 people. Organizations with whom she has worked include: Haworth Furniture, 3M Plant Engineering, Cigna Insurance-Global Risk Management, FAIRWAY Filamentos, Brazilian Institute of Quality and Productivity, Quaker Foods Topeka Pet Foods Division, British Airways-Human Resource Division, Whole Foods Market, Federal Aviation Administration, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Maryland, Reichhold Chemical, Quaker Foods, The Alliance –a joint venture of AT&T, CWA and IBEW, Federal Reserve Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Kepler’s Books, New Leaf Distributing Company, Malloy Lithography, Forte Consulting, Rose Glen Capital, Community Resource Exchange, Ashridge Business School, Auburn University, Austin Community College, Drexel University, Johns Hopkins University, National Lewis University, Peabody College, Resources for Human Development, National Baptist Ministries, Boy Scouts of St. Louis, Missouri, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Tearfund Foundation.

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  • Dr. Bill Pasmore

    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Professor, Columbia University; Senior Vice President, Center for Creative Leadership; Founder & Principal, Advanced Change

    Bill is a leading authority on change. As a thought leader in the field of organization development, he has published thirty books and numerous articles, including Advanced Consulting, Leading Continuous Change, Braided Organizations, Designing Effective Organizations, Creating Strategic Change, and Relationships that Enable Enterprise Change. He was the inaugural co-editor of the annual book series Research on Organizational Change and Development, and editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. As a practitioner, he has been advising leaders for decades. As a coach and consultant to senior leaders, he assists in both personal and organizational transformation. As a teacher and mentor, he helps develop consultants into trusted advisors. His current efforts focus on understanding the implications of future technologies for organizations and leadership, equipping leaders with the skills they need to lead change and understanding what gets in the way of changing things we want to change, from our own behavior to organizational strategies to societal issues such as diversity, equity and inclusion. Before joining Columbia and CCL, he was a senior partner with the New York-based consulting firm, Oliver Wyman Delta Consulting, and prior to that, a professor in the School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He resides in New York with his wife, Mary and is the proud father of two young professional women pursuing careers in consulting. Bill holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering/Industrial Management and a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences, both from Purdue University.

    Find out more at Advanced Change.

  • Dr. Joanne Preston

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

    Dr. Preston is an internationally recognized management consultant who specializes in organizational development across large, complex systems.  She provides viable solutions and management development breakthroughs for major corporations and family business that focus on measurable outcomes and results. Joanne enjoys management challenges in which there exist cross-functional teams, including executive, middle, and line management that need to demonstrate forward strategic thinking in family business, non-profit, government and NGOs.  She frequently involves executives in open systems planning and transorganization development at the organizational and national levels to include culture change, organizational learning, organizational effectiveness, knowledge management and self-designing organizations. Joanne received her Ph.D. and MA in Psychology from Louisiana State University.  A former Professor of Organizational Development at the prestigious Pepperdine University in Culver City, California and recently the University Dean of the Doctorate of Management, Colorado Technical University. Joanne has more than 40 years of organizational development and management development consulting experience with governments, business and industry plus community interventions domestically, in developing countries and NGOs. She was recognized in 1994 as the Outstanding Organizational Development Consultant of the Year by the Organizational Development Institute for her work in Global Change.  Joanne is the Editor of the Organizational Development Journal.  She has been listed every year since 1997 in the Who's Who of International Professionals.

    Joanne C. Preston and Associates