Instructor Bios

Richard Boyatzis

Richard Boyatzis, PhD
Professor 
Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management

Richard Boyatzis is Professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University, as well as H.R. Horvitz Chair in Family Business. He is also an Adjunct Professor at ESADE. While at Case, he has served as Department Chair of Organizational Behavior from 1996–2004, and Associate Dean of Executive Education from 1994–1999. He has won special awards at Case for research, two awards for teaching, and two awards for service.

Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU, he was President and CEO of McBer & Co. from 1976-1987, having been with McBer from 1969. From 1983-1985 he was Chief Operating Officer of Yankelovich, Skelly & White, while on its Board of Directors and the Board of the Reliance Consulting Group. From 1985-1986 he was on the Board of the Hay Group when they were owned by Saatchi & Saatchi.

His research interests include: leadership and developing emotional intelligence, lifelong learning, competency and outcome assessment. He is the author of more than 150 articles and books that include: The Competent Manager: A Model for Effective Performance (in 2 languages); Innovations in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, with David Kolb and Scott Cowen;Transforming Qualitative Information: Thematic Analysis and Code Development (in 2 languages); the international best-seller, Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence with Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee (in 28 languages); Resonant Leadership: Renewing Yourself and Connecting With Others Through Mindfulness, Hope, and Compassion, with Annie McKee (in 18 languages); and Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness, with Annie McKee and Fran Johnson (in 8 languages).

Professor Boyatzis is a frequent speaker on the international circuit, having delivered speeches and seminars on all 7 continents and 32 countries. He has consulted to many Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and organizations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia on various topics including executive and management development, organization structure, culture change, R&D productivity, economic development, selection, promotion, performance appraisal, and career planning.

His MOOC, Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence has over 250,000 enrolled through Coursera.

Professor Boyatzis has a PhD and MA in Social Psychology from Harvard University and a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

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David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider, PhD
Professor 
Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management

David L. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professorship in Appreciative Inquiry at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Cooperrider is past Chair of the National Academy of Management’s OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others. Cooperrider is founder and Chair of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. The center’s core proposition is that sustainability is the business opportunity of the 21st century, indeed that every social and global issue of our day is an opportunity to ignite industry leading eco-innovation, social entrepreneurship, and new sources of value.

Cooperrider created Appreciative Inquiry, a revolutionary methodology for achieving sustainable, desired, strength-based change, in collaboration with Ronald Fry, over twenty years ago. He has brought the Appreciative Inquiry methodology in to advance initiatives to a wide variety of organizations including the Boeing Corporation, Fairmount Minerals, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, McKinsey, Parker, Sherwin Williams, Wal-Mart as well as American Red Cross, American Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, World Vision and United Way of America. His founding theoretical work in this area is creating a positive revolution in the leadership of change; it is helping institutions all over the world discover the power of the strength-based approaches to multi-stakeholder innovation and sustainable design. Admiral Clark, the CNO of the Navy, for example, brought AI into the Navy for a multiyear project on “Bold and Enlightened Naval Leadership.” In June 2004, Cooperrider was asked by the United Nations to design and facilitate a historic, unprecedented summit on global corporate citizenship, a meeting between Kofi Annan and 500 business leaders to “unite the strengths of markets with the authority of universal ideals to make globalization work for everyone.” Cooperrider’s work is especially unique because of its ability to enable positive change, innovation, and sustainable design in systems of large and complex scale. At the 2007 international conference on AI hundreds of organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Yahoo!, and US Cellular shared the breakthrough results they are experiencing as a result of becoming “strengths-based organizations.”

Cooperrider often serves as meeting speaker and leader of large group, interactive conference events. His dynamic ideas on appreciative inquiry and sustainable design have been published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization and Environment, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Management Inquiry, The OD Practitioner, and in research series such as Advances in Strategic Management. In the more popular realm, Professor Cooperrider’s work has been covered by The New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Science, Fast Company, Fortune, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Biz Ed, and others. He has been a recipient of Best Paper of the Year Awards at the Academy of Management and was named top researcher of the year 2005 at Case Western Reserve University. Among his highest honors, Cooperrider was invited to design a series of dialogues among 25 of the world’s top religious leaders, started by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who said, “If only the world’s religious leaders could just know each other, the world will be a better place.” Using AI, the group held meetings in Jerusalem and at the Carter Center with President Jimmy Carter. Cooperrider was recognized in 2000 as among “the top ten visionaries” in the field by Training Magazine and in 2004 received ASTD’s highest award for “distinguished contribution to the field” of organizational learning. Cooperrider received the 2004 Porter Award for best writing from the OD Network, and was named the 2007 Faculty Pioneer for his impact in the field of sustainability by the Aspen Institute.

Cooperrider has published 14 books and authored over 50 articles. His volumes include Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (with Sandy Piderit and Ron Fry) a series of books on Appreciative Inquiry; The Organization Dimensions of Global Change (with Jane Dutton); Organizational Courage and Executive Wisdom (with Suresh Srivastva). Cooperrider is editor of the research series Advances in Appreciative Inquiry (with Michel Avital) published by Elsevier Science, which is currently going to press with its third volume. Cooperrider’s wife Nancy is an artist. His son Daniel is graduate student at University of Chicago studying the world’s religions; Hannah is an art student at Miami University of Ohio and Matt is a biology and anthropology student at University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Key websites:
appreciativeinquiry.case.edu
worldbenefit.case.edu

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Ronald Fry

Ronald Fry, PhD
Professor 
Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management

Ron Fry is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weather head School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He holds a BS in Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles (1969), and an SM in Management from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971) where he also received a PhD in Organizational Psychology (1978).

A co-creator of Appreciative Inquiry, Fry has conducted research and consulted with industrial, service and public sector organizations in the areas of human resource development and organizational change for more than twenty-five years. His work with such organizations as Ford, General Electric, Northern Telecom, Mittal Steel, and the Greater Houston Mental Health Association has focused on projects related to employee involvement, participatory management systems, fundamental cultural change, team building and executive development, and strategic planning.

Fry joined the faculty of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 1978 and was tenured in 1984. Before assuming the department chair position, Fry directed the redesign and launch of the new Masters Program in Positive Organizational Development and Change, after having directed the Executive MBA Program for fifteen years. Both programs have consistently earned high national and international rankings in their respective areas.

Fry is widely published in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functions of the CEO. He continues to both apply and study the applications of AI in the field. His books include Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity, with Frank Barrett and Appreciative Team Building (with Diana Whitney, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, and Jay Cherney). He also co-edited Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the Field (Quorum, 2001).

He has developed and conducted a Certificate Program in Appreciative Leadership and Organizational Capacity Building for over 150 leaders of voluntary social change organizations in more than 30 countries. With David Cooperrider, he co-directs the Case Weatherhead Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry in Positive Business and Society Change. He is Editor and Chief of the Case Center for Business as Agent of Work Benefit’s global inquiry and directs the Center’s Institute for Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. He currently oversees AI applications in a variety of systems including World Vision, Lubrizol, Roadway Express, and the US Navy.

Fry has served as a visiting faculty to Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium and to the Administrative Staff College of India. He has been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools. In 2004, he was awarded the Weatherhead School’s Lifetime Service Award.

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Poppy McLeod

Poppy McLeod, PhD

Poppy L. McLeod is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. Previously she was a member of the faculty in Weatherhead’s Department of Organizational Behavior and Chair of the curriculum in Leadership Assessment and Development. Her PhD in Social Psychology is from Harvard University.

Professor McLeod is a leading expert in the areas of teamwork, and leadership development, and she teaches extensively in these topic areas for both individual companies and in open enrollment courses. The individual companies she has worked with include KeyCorp, The Lubrizol Corporation, The OgleBay Norton Company, The Sherwin Williams Company, The Swagelok Company and the Sparrow HealthCare System. In addition, she has taught in Weatherhead’s Physician Executive Institute.

Professor McLeod’s international teaching experience includes visiting professorships at the SDA Luigi Bocconi Business School in Milan, Italy, and at the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration in Finland. In addition, she has conducted leadership development training in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Professor McLeod’s research focuses on communication and decision-making in teams, the effects of electronic tools on team work and teams in social service agency collaboration. Her work has been published in the top scholarly journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Information Systems Research, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management Education, and Small Group Research, and in several important books such as Theories of Small Groups: An Interdisciplinary Perspective and Research on Groups in Organizations. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Small Group Research and the Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Melvin Smith

Melvin Smith, PhD
Associate Professor 
Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management

Melvin L. Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of Executive Education at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Smith holds a BS degree in General Management and Accounting from Purdue University and an MBA in Marketing from Clark-Atlanta University. He received his PhD in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business.

Smith’s research and teaching focus on leadership and emotional intelligence in the workplace, as well as social exchange relationships, social networks, and the development and use of human and social capital in organizations.

Smith has provided training and/or consulting services to a number of organizations including Alcoa, ArcelorMittal, Bendix, Ben Venue Laboratories, Booz Allen Hamilton, Dealer Tire, Fifth Third Bank, H.J. Heinz, Javitch, Block, & Rathbone, LLP, McKinsey & Company, NASA, Novelis, PCC Airfoils, PNC Bank, Progressive Insurance, Roadway Express, Rockwell Automation, Scottish Enterprise, Tremco, University Hospitals Neurological Institute, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, as well as a number of public school districts and trade associations. In addition, he has served as a visiting professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain where he co-taught a senior executive education course on emotionally intelligent leadership.

Prior to completing his doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh, Melvin spent more than fifteen years in a series of sales/marketing management, and organization development positions with a number of Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Pepsi-Cola, and H.J. Heinz.

His publications include: Social Capital and Intentional Change: Exploring the Role of Social Networks on Individual Change Efforts; Developing Sustainable Leaders through Coaching and Compassion (with Richard Boyatzis and Nancy Blaize);and Making a Positive Impact through Emotionally Intelligent Leadership.

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Bauback Yeganeh

Bauback Yeganeh, PhD

Bauback Yeganeh is founder and principal of Everidian, an org-effectiveness consulting firm. His work enhances and sustains organizational performance through leadership development, strategic planning and execution. Yeganeh has consulted to businesses across multiple industries including financial services, biotechnology, manufacturing, healthcare and telecommunications. His client list also includes global NGO's focused on development and human rights. Yeganeh has worked in North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Yeganeh regularly partners in leader development endeavors with Duke Corporate Education, Case Western Reserve University, Center for Creative Leadership, and UNC Executive Development. He founded and leads the program in mindfulness through Weatherhead Executive Education, and has served as an adjunct professor at Elon University and American University. Yeganeh holds a PhD in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in organization development from American University and a BA in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Maryland. He is an author of forward-thinking articles on mindfulness and intentional leadership, a guitartist and a music enthusiast.