Renowned scholar in management, strategy to lecture at Benedictine

September 30, 2014

cummings2Lisle, Illinois ~ Thomas G. Cummings, Ph.D., a leading international scholar on strategic change and consultant responsible for designing and implementing new approaches to the management of high-performing organizations, will lecture at Benedictine University from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 in the Krasa Student Center.
Cummings will present “Dynamic Strategy-Making: A Real-Time Approach for the 21st Century Leader,” as part of Benedictine’s 50-plus Years of Graduate Education in Organization Development Lecture Series.

The series celebrates more than five decades of the University’s Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and Ph.D. in Organization Development programs. Both programs are recognized worldwide for educating managers who are competent in the human side of enterprise and regularly attract some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders to campus.

Cummings’ pioneering work in socio-technical systems led the way for many current applications of self-managed work teams among companies throughout the United States. During the past 40 years, his work with numerous Fortune 100 companies has resulted in new strategic directions and innovative organizations that emphasize self-managed teams, skill-based pay and gainsharing, flat hierarchies, employee empowerment and creative selection methods.Widely recognized in both business and academic communities for his many contributions to knowledge about strategic change and high-performing organizations, Cummings has authored more than 70 articles and 22 books including “Self-Designing Organizations: Learning How to Create High Performance” and the 10th edition of “Organization Development and Change.”
A professor and chair of the Department of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and senior member of the Center for Effective Organizations, Cummings is also former president of the Western Academy of Management, founding editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry and the 61st president of the Academy of Management, the largest professional association of management scholars in the world.

Tickets are $100 per person (free for program alumni and members of some professional organizations), which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration is required. To buy tickets and register, visit

For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361. 


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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