Our Team

We know the best science delivers the best solution.

Our research affiliates and practitioners work closely with CEO research scientists and their teams to provide forward-thinking leaders with trusted insights and hands-on learning.

Affiliated Research Scientists

Johanna Anzengruber, Ph.D.

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Strategy, capability management, organization design, human resource management of R&D, innovation management

George Benson, Ph.D.

University of Texas at Arlington

Training and development, human capital management, employee involvement and performance.

Max Blumberg, Ph.D.

Founder, Blumberg Partnership

Business performance, analytics, strategy execution, people processes design and sales force effectiveness

Beth G. Chung, Ph.D.

San Diego State University

Diversity and inclusion, organizational behavior, leadership and group process, human resource management, and industrial and organizational psychology

Cathleen Clerkin, Ph.D.

Center for Creative Leadership
Diversity and inclusion, women’s leadership, mindful leadership, social cognitive neuroscience, innovation

Alan Colquitt, Ph.D.

Independent Advisor and Consultant

Global assessments, analytics, performance management and organizational effectiveness

Jay A. Conger

CEO Affiliated Research Scientist

Leadership, talent, and organizational effectiveness

Sharoni Denise Little, Ph.D.

Head of Global Inclusion Strategy at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) & CEO Affiliated Research Scientist

Organizational leadership, strategic communication, and diversity, equity, and inclusion

Alexis Fink, Ph.D.


Employee research, research methods, culture and employee value proposition, leadership assessment

Cristina B. Gibson, Ph.D.

Pepperdine University
Communication and interaction in teams, social cognition, knowledge management and organizational learning, the impact of culture and gender on work behavior, leadership in multinational firms, international management

Terri Griffith, Ph.D.

Santa Clara University

Crossing organizational behavior and design, information technology design and use, and change management from industries ranging from engineering to agribusiness

Gerald E. Ledford, Jr., Ph.D.

CEO Affiliated Research Scientist

Focus on compensation and total rewards, employee engagement and involvement, talent management, the design of work, and large-scale organizational change

Philip Mirvis, Ph.D.

Private Consultant

Large-scale organizational change, the character of the workforce and workplace, business leadership in society

Jennifer Mueller, Ph.D.

University of San Diego
Evaluating creative opportunity and leadership potential, team creativity, emotional cultures that aid innovation, leading change

Margarita Nyfoudi, Ph.D.

University of Birmingham

Coaching, individual and team performance, employee engagement and citizenship, workplace learning, team knowledge, information sharing, adverse working conditions, and joy at work

William Pasmore, Ph.D.

Columbia University and Center for Creative Leadership

Christine Porath, Ph.D.

Georgetown University
Workplace incivility, the effects of bad behavior, how organizations can create a more positive environment

Maritza Salazar, Ph.D.

UC Irvine

Organizational theory and behavior, cross-cultural psychology, and human resource management

Shreya Sarkar-Barney, Ph.D.

Founder, Human Capital Growth

Leadership assessment, digital leadership, translating business priorities to talent strategies, talent analytics, HR transformation, evidence-based talent management, culture and global issues

Benjamin Schneider, Ph.D.

University of Maryland

Organizational climate and culture, employee engagement, staffing, and the role of manager personality in organizational life

Rami Shani, Ph.D.

California Polytechnic University and Politecnico di Milano

Organization behavior, development, and change; organizational design and learning; knowledge management; collaborative research methods

Sharna Wiblen, Ph.D.

Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong
Talent management, information technology and HR analytics

Affiliated USC Faculty

Paul Adler, Ph.D.

Professor, Management & Organization

Strategic management, organization design, human resource management of R&D, engineering, manufacturing operations

Arvind Bhambri, DBA

Professor, Management & Organization

Strategic change, strategy development, implementation

Tom Cummings, Ph.D.

Professor, Management & Organization

Employee involvement, organization change and development, self-managing work teams, organization design

Ann Majchrzak, Ph.D.

Professor, Information & Operations Management

Design and management of technology change

Nandini Rajagopalan, Ph.D.

Professor, Management & Organization

CEO succession, compensation, top management teams, strategic change and decision making processes, corporate governance in emerging economies

Affiliated Practitioners

Beth Gunderson

Minikahda Partners

Lacey Leone McLaughlin

LLM Consulting Group

Executive Education

Dave Millner

Founder and Consulting Partner, HR Curator Ltd.
Workforce/people analytics, employee engagement, HR & change transformation, organization development, future of work practices, executive coaching and leadership development

Sarah Sonnenfeld

Affiliate Practitioner

Becky Spears

Oracle Corporation

Stu Winby

Spring Network

Strategy innovation, organization design and innovation, healthcare and technology

Ian Ziskin

EXec EXcel Group