After completing a BS (1970) and MS (1971) in Sociology at Brigham Young University, I received a PhD in Organizational Behavior, at Cornell University in 1974.
Following my doctoral training I was on the faculty of the College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Illinois for 20 years. While at Illinois I served as Harry Gray Professor of Business Administration, Director of the Office of Organizational Research, and Associate Dean of the College of Commerce.
In 1994 I joined the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University for the purpose of organizing a research centre on organizational values, but soon after I was simultaneously elected as an officer in the Academy of Management, culminating with my presidency in 2000, and appointed Director of Faculty Development for the BYU campus.
I currently hold visiting professorships at Oxford University, Jiaotong University in Xian, China, and the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Organizational design, interpersonal management skills.
Organizational theory, theory development.
Over the course of my 35+ year academic career I have published books and articles on a range of subjects: inter-organizational relations, organizational effectiveness, organizational decline, organizational identity and identification, theory development, and management education. My pioneering and award-winning management text, Developing Management Skills, co-authored with Kim Cameron, is in its eighth edition.
My wife, Zina, and I have four children and 13 grandchildren. When I am not at the keyboard, or bouncing a grandchild on my knee, you will find me working in our large yard, or driving my off-highway vehicle (looks like a mini-Jeep) along Utah trails. I also designed our current contemporary home and my dream is to design and build a mountain cabin.