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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).
Four 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 hall marks of excellent managers and leading-edge companies.
These programs have also received more than 100 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 Co., Kraft Food Groups Inc., Motorola, McDonald's Corp., and other Fortune 500 organizations such as Texas Instruments, General Electric Co., and General Motors Co.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.
For nearly a half-century, Peter F. Sorensen Jr., Ph.D., 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, Sorensen 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.
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 is a past recipient of the "Outstanding OD Consultant of the Year Award" from the OD Institute.
Sorensen, who still calls teaching his greatest joy, earned a Ph.D. in Management from the Stuart School of Management at the Illinois Institute of Technology.