Posted 2.18.11

The Sherman Kempter Grinnell Scholarship in Organizational Behavior has been newly established by friends, family, and colleagues of a faculty member who was instrumental in the origin of the Organizational Behavior Department. The scholarship will provide support for a full-time PhD candidate in organizational behavior (OB) during his or her final year of study.

Sherman K. Grinnell, PhD, served in several administrative roles at the Case Institute of Technology, where he developed an interest in OB that culminated with a 1967 PhD and an associate professorship in engineering and OB. When, in 1968, the school merged with Western Reserve University, he became a full-time faculty member in OB. Grinnell taught OB at all levels and particularly relished guiding doctoral students; his research, meanwhile, centered around organization simulations. He developed OrgSimOne, a day-long experiential organization development (OD) workshop which he considered his greatest contribution to the field of OD and which was widely used throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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