Edward H. Powley, Ph.D.

Ned is a certified coach in emotional and social intelligence and has experience organizing and facilitating appreciative inquiry workshops. He has significant experience coaching senior military leaders attending executive business courses at the Navy Postgraduate School.

Edward H. Powley, Ph.D. (Ned), joined the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006 as an assistant professor of management where he teaches organizational behavior in the MBA and EMBA programs. He has taught emotional intelligence seminars in the Navy Corporate Business Course (NCBC) for the Center of Executive Education at NPS, coaches senior military officers in that program, and facilitates teams for the Strategic Communications and Effects Based Thinking workshops.

His academic research examines how organizations heal from crisis, major harm, and disruption. He defines healing as part of recovery, which occurs through several mechanisms that focus on rebuilding and strengthening interpersonal relationships between organization members. His work describes mechanisms that activate resilience during crisis incidents. He also examines forms of trust and organizational structure to unpack embedded cultural values in organizations. He has published scholarly and practitioner articles on organizational change, appreciative inquiry, ritual, organizational resilience, leadership and organizational healing.

Prior to his appointment at NPS, he taught human resource management, strategy, and organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University.

He has over ten years experience in organizational development, having consulted and conducted research with a variety of companies. Organizations he has worked with include Prudential Retirement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Navy, Roadway Express, Society for Organizational Learning's Sustainability Consortium, and Stephen R. Covey. Projects ranged from organizing and delivering appreciative inquiry programs, to enhancing sustainable development in inter-organizational collaborative efforts, and contributing research on leadership theories for Covey's book The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.

Before receiving his doctorate, he worked for the World Bank where he supported training and development seminars, oversaw budgetary processes, and improved curriculum development for employees. He also worked for the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, DC where he conducted best practices research for human resource executives of Fortune 500 companies.

Ned has a B.A. in Anthropology from Brigham Young University, an M.A. in Organizational Management from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. He is proficient in French having spent approximately five years living in France as well as teaching and working with individuals preparing to live and work in France. He is also an accredited consultant for the Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI) from The Hay Group, a certified coach for Personnel Decisions, Inc. (PDI), and a member of the Academy of Management.

Personal: Dr. Powley resides in Monterey County, California with his wife and five active children. His wife, Katrina, is a licensed Registered Nurse.

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