PETER F. SORENSEN, Jr., Ph.D.
Peter F. Sorensen, Jr., Ph.D., is professor and director of the Ph.D. program in Organization Development (O.D.) and the M.S. program in Management and Organizational Behavior at Benedictine University. He was instrumental in developing one of the first master's-level programs in O.D. in 1967, and one of the first Ph.D. programs in O.D. in 1996.
He has authored more than 300 articles, papers and books, including a number of best paper selections. His work has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Group and Organization Studies, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Journal of Management Studies, and Organization and Administrative Sciences, among others. In 1996, he was guest editor of a double issue of the OD Practitioner on Appreciate Inquiry. He was the invited guest editor for the first New Millennium issues for both the OD Journal and the OD Practitioner. Sorensen's recent publications are "Appreciative Inquiry" (with Cooperrider et al, 2005), "Managers Learning in Action" (with Coghlan, et al, 2004), "Perspectives on Organization Behavior and Global and International OD" with Cooperrider, Head, Mathys and Preston. He has worked with more than 100 organizations including the U.S. Food and Drug Agency, U.S. Steel, DuPage County Health Department, Commonwealth Edison, and CNA.
He has been chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management, and serves on the editorial boards for the OD Journal, the OD Practitioner, CCASTD's Training Today, and is a board member of the Revue Sciences de Gestion (French), and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. He was an invited, distinguished scholar to the first Academy of Management Conference on Global Change. In 1993, he received the "Outstanding OD Consultant of the Year Award" from the OD Institute. He earned a Ph.D. in Management from the Stuart School of Management, Illinois Institute of Technology.
THERESE F. YAEGER, Ph.D.
Therese Yaeger, Ph.D., is the associate director of the Ph.D, in Organization Development (O.D.) program at Benedictine University, where she also teaches O.D. and Management and Organizational Behavior courses to various audiences in academic and corporate settings. She was instrumental in developing the Benedictine University Distance Learning Execuitve Program for the U.S. Postal Service, and Off-Site Executive Development Programs for some of the lartgtest Chicago-area corporations including John Deere, Motorola and McDonald's Corporation. She is also a Registered O.D. Consultant through the O.D. Institute.
Yaeger has more than 20 years of management experience, particularly in start-up operations and small business management. She has authored more than 50 papers and articles including three books on Appreciative Inquiry, Global and International Organization Development with Sorensen, Head and Cooperrider (2004), and a fourth: the 12th edition of "Organization Behavior and Change: Managing Human Resources for Organizational Effectiveness" (2002). She is an editorial associate of the OD Journal, and Chicago's ASTD Training Today, has been a guest editor of the OD Practitioner, as well as guest editor of the OD Journal, and has been an editorial board member of Journal of Management Inquiry, Revue Sciences de Gestion/Management Sciences (France), Career Development International, and OD Network's Seasonings.
She frequently presents at national and international conferences such as the Academy of Management, the O.D. Institute, and the American Psychological Association, is the recipient of awards such as the Best Paper Presentation at the O.D. Institute's Annual Conference 2001, and a team member of three Outstanding ODI Project Awards. Since 1999, she has been the co-chair of the Organization Development Track for the Midwest Academy of Management. She is an active member of the Academy of Management, Midwest Academy of Management, the O.D. Network, O.D. Institute, and the American Society for Training and Development. Her research interests include international organization development, organizational change and appreciative inquiry.
Yaeger was elected board member of the Midwest Academy of Management in 2002, and is a past executive board member of the Management Consulting Division of the National Academy of Management.
RAMKRISHNAN V. TENKASI, Ph.D.
Ramkrishnan (Ram) V. Tenkasi (Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University) is currently a professor with the Ph.D. program in Organization Development at Benedictine University. He started his academic career as an assistant professor with the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1993 and joined Benedictine University in 1998 as an associate professor. His research and practice interests are in the areas of organizational knowledge, learning and change and their mediation/moderation by organizational design choices including the role of information technologies in facilitating/inhibiting these processes in organizations. He approaches the study of these issues from both interpretive and positivist frameworks usually combining these traditions to draw on their unique strengths.
Multiple grants from federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation and Department of Defense, and several corporations such as Motorola, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, Texas Instruments, Allied Signal, Merck, Pfizer, Pratt and Whitney, and Procter and Gamble have funded Tenkasi's research in the above areas. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Organizational Change Management and has been a program review panel member for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and is currently part of a core team brought together by the National Cancer Institute to assist in the identification of effective implementation systems for tobacco control in the United States. Tenkasi is also the Division/Program Chair-Elect for the Organization Development and Change Division of the National Academy of Management. His more than 50 articles and book chapters appear (or are scheduled to appear) in both academic and practitioner outlets such as Organization Science, Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Technology Management, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Employee Relations, Acquisition Review Quarterly, Research in Organization Change and Development, Advances in the Interdisciplinary Study of Work Teams, and the OD Journal. He is also a reviewer for several leading journals of the field such as the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Information Systems Research, Organization Studies, Human Relations, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Sloan Management Review, and Journal of Organizational Change Management.
JAMES LUDEMA, Ph.D.
James D. Ludema, Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University) is a professor in the Ph.D. program in Organization Development at Benedictine University. Previously, he was senior lecturer and executive director of the Social Innovations in Global Management Program at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.
Ludema is the author of more than 20 articles, book chapters and books, including best paper selections. His work has appeared in Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Research in Organizational Change and Development, Handbook of Action Research, Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, and Organization Development Journal, among others. His most recent book is "The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large Group Change" with Diana Whitney, Bernard J. Mohr, and Thomas J. Griffin (Berrett-Koehler, 2003).
His research focuses on appreciative inquiry, organization change and design, positive organizational scholarship, business as an agent of world benefit, and whole system methodologies for strategic change. His work has been funded by various agencies including the National Science Foundation. Ludema is an active member of the Academy of Management and sits on the editorial board of the Action Research Journal. He was an invited distinguished scholar to the first conference on Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan (2001) and the first conference on Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University (2003).
Ludema is an internationally-recognized organizational consultant and a principal in the Corporation for Positive Change, a global firm that includes the world's leading thinkers and practitioners of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). For more than a decade, has been an innovator and thought leader in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, teaching it in the doctoral program at Benedictine University, offering public workshops and keynote addresses, and serving as a lead organizer of the First (2001) and Second (2004) International Conference on AI.
His practice focuses on the use of Appreciative Inquiry for large-scale corporate change initiatives, including strategy development, leadership development, core business redesign, culture change, customer service, and mergers and acquisitions. He has worked in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America with organizations in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors, including Merck, BP, McDonald's, John Deere, Ameritech, US Cellular, Northern Telecom, Square D Company, Essef Corporation, Bell and Howell, Kaiser Permanente, World Vision, the City of Minneapolis, and many local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).