Leadership decisions made in the workplace shape the lives of individuals, economies, and the world more than any other single institution. Increasingly, smart business leaders are leveraging social, ethical and environmental performance to drive innovation and profitable growth.
Our Ph.D./D.B.A. program in Values-Driven Leadership is designed for this type of visionary executive. The program draws from evidence-based research, tested academic theory, and proven practitioner experience to integrate the fields of strategic leadership, organizational change, and corporate sustainability and responsibility.
If you're shaping the world of business, we invite you to learn more about the program at this site, then visit our Center's website for additional information; or reach out to our Center's Chief Communications Officer, Amber Johnson, at email@example.com or (630) 829-2173 for more information.
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James D. Ludema, Ph.D., (Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University) is the Co-founder and Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership and a Professor of Global Leadership at Benedictine University. He is Past Chair of the Academy of Management's Organization Development and Change Division and is the author of two books and dozens of articles on leadership, strategy and organizational change. His book The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large-Scale Change is widely considered a classic in the field.
Dr. Ludema has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and North America and has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, BP, McDonald's, John Deere, USG, U.S. Cellular, the US Navy, World Vision, and many local and international NGOs. Dr. Ludema received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Calvin College.
Research interests: Global leadership; values-driven leadership at the individual, organizational, and societal levels; appreciative inquiry and positive organizational scholarship; the link between culture and profit in small and mid-size businesses.
Several years ago, in the throes of the economic recession, the canned food manufacturer Del Monte Foods reported a 14 percent increase in profits after taking a new approach to its market drivers, use of data and realignment and positioning of systems and processes. Identifying, planning and implementing this kind of strategic and comprehensive change is what students in Benedictine University's Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD) programs learn in order to increase an organization's effectiveness and viability.
Benedictine University's OD programs are recognized locally, nationally and internationally as a leader in providing education toward managing the human side of enterprise, which includes global interdependence, workforce diversity and the management of change – the hallmarks of excellent managers and leading-edge companies. These programs have also received more than 200 professional awards and special recognitions nationally and internationally, and boast one of the largest alumni networks involving executive leadership at major organizations around the world.
Graduates work in some of the largest Chicago-based global organizations such as Abbott Laboratories, Boeing, Kraft Food Groups Inc., Motorola, McDonald's Corp., and other Fortune 500 organizations such as Texas Instruments, General Electric Co., and General Motors. Students learn from the foremost thinkers and practitioners in the industry and through advanced experiential learning classes, internships and special lecture series that convey some of the most current research and trends in the field.
If you're shaping the world of business, we invite you to learn more about the program. Please reach out to our Program Coordinator, Phyllis Meyers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.829.6208 for more information.
Peter Sorensen Jr., Ph.D., is an award-winning scholar, a distinguished educator and a world-recognized pioneer.
For nearly a half-century, Sorensen has been a leader in the field of Organization Development. The director of the Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD) and the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior programs at Benedictine University, Sorensen was instrumental in developing one of the first master's-level programs in OD at George Williams College in 1967 and one of the first Ph.D. programs in OD at Benedictine in 1996.
A prolific author and editor, the Naperville resident has written 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.
Sorensen has worked with more than 100 organizations including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Steel, the DuPage County Health Department, Commonwealth Edison and CNA. He was an invited, distinguished scholar to the first Academy of Management Conference on Global Change, has been chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management, and is a past recipient of the "Outstanding OD Consultant of the Year Award" from the OD Institute.
In 2014, Sorensen was presented the Judith Ann Whinfrey Distinguished Faculty Award for Leadership by Benedictine University. The award recognizes a faculty member who has provided exceptional leadership during their tenure.
“One of the biggest benefits of the OD program at Benedictine was learning from scholars and practitioners who I would consider OD superstars,” said Meghan Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of Management at Texas Wesleyan University and a 2013 graduate of the Organization Development program at Benedictine. “It was great to be in person with these OD ‘greats’ and also be able to engage with them in such an intimate fashion.”
Sorensen, who still calls teaching his greatest joy, earned a Ph.D. in Management from the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology.