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Michael N. Bazigos

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Social-Organizational Psychology, GSAS, Columbia University, NYC
  • M.Phil., Social-Organizational Psychology, GSAS, Columbia University, NYC
  • M.A.., Personnel / I-O Psychology, GSAS, New York University, NYC
  • B.A.., Psychology, Dyson School of Arts and Sciences, Pace University, NYC
  • Stuyvesant High School, NYC 
  • Scholarly Interests

    Organizational health
    Leadership competencies
    Sales force effectiveness
    Upward feedback / 360-degree feedback
    Employee engagement

    Selected Publications

    Letter to the Editor: "How to Change the Way Detroit Does Business", The New York Times, Dec. 24, 2008. URL:

    Letter to the Editor:  "Moment of Decision: The Vote on China Trade" on the implications of e-business for trade relations with China, The New York Times, May 24, 2000. URL:

    "Go Global or Go Home: Investment Management Strategies for Globalization", PwC Consulting global web publication, July 2000.

    "GeoMetric", a company-level instrument to assess degree of globalization across 12 organizational factors. PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2000. Based on publication, "Global Stars Take All", 2000. URL: about/svcs/sc/pdfs/pwc_globalstars.pdf

    The Relationship of Upward Feedback Disparities to Leader Performance: Understanding Overestimation'. (1999). Dissertation at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. UMI #9930682.

    Theory orientations of organization development (OD) practitioners. Group and Organization Management, September 1997. (Article awarded "Excellence" citation by Anbar, the online strategy journal rating association.) 

    Understanding the management of change. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 1995. URL:

    "Partnership dynamics in practice" (1995) in Staying in School: Partnerships for Educational Change (Evans, I., et al, Eds.) Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.

    Over 35 competitively funded grant proposals, refereed publications and presentations in academia. Citations appear in the next tab, under "Grants" and "Professional Presentations."

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    Understanding Behavioral Research (ORLJ 4009)

    Human Resource Management (ORLJ 5003)

    Psychological Aspects of Organizations (ORLJ 5106)


    biographical information

    As strategic change executive at IBM's corporate headquarters in Armonk, NY, Dr. Bazigos holds global responsibility for a number of internal and external initiatives related to workforce policy, effectiveness, skills and expertise.
    In prior roles at IBM, he had responsibility for enterprise wide workforce optimization, productivity strategies, and HR strategy and metrics. He transformed IBM's workforce scorecard, designed and launched "Manager Portal," the global one-stop resource shop for 39,000 managers worldwide, "ThinkPlace," the global site for 4000,000 employees to collaborate on innovation, and invented patent-pending technology and management processes to promote intelligent internal employee movement between job roles and careers. 

    Dr. Bazigos came to IBM from its acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers's consulting division in 2002, where he was a worldwide director for client globalization strategy. Before that, he was president of Beta Consulting Group, and a dean and professor at Pace University. He has consulted to top management teams of Global 500 corporations, addressed business audiences in all major world regions, and published in the organizational and educational professional literature.  

    Before his career in the private sector, Dr. Bazigos was a dean and professor at Pace University in New York, where he became the founding director of the Center for Urban Education, now in its 21st year.

    He earned his PhD from Columbia, masters degree from NYU, and is a proud graduate of Stuyvesant HS in NYC. News about upcoming talks and publications appear on his faculty website:


    current projects

    - Invited  presenter at the Society for Industrial / Organizational Psychology's Leading Edge Consortium, November 2011 "Social Learning Networks and Expert Systems"

    - Invited presenter at the Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychologists, May 2011: "How IBM Develops Leaders"

    - Invited presenter at Chief Learning Officer Magazine's inaugural 2011 LearningElite Forum: "Learning for Growth"

    - Pre-conference workshop presenter on Organization Design at the Society for Industrial / Organizational Psychology's Annual Conference, April 2011, in Chicago

    - Panel presentation at the Society for Industrial / Organizational Psychology's 2011 Annual Conference, "Coaching the Dinosaur: Influencing Change in 100-Year Old Organizations"

    - Presenter at G-20 Universal Ethics Summit: "Role of Cultural Differences in Global Corporations"

    curriculum vitae


  •    An experienced business developer, project leader, and subject matter expert in organization and leadership.

  •    A strategic diagnostician and problem solver capable of imposing conceptual order on diverse fact patterns in organizations.

  •    An engaging presenter with platform experience in all world geographies who projects a confident, expert image.

  •    An experienced change agent capable of moving executive teams to consensus and action.

  •    A skilled researcher in multivariate treatment of organizational data, with specific interest in the "soft-hard" linkage of people and organizational data to measures of tangible and intangible value.




    IBM CORPORATION  (2002 - current)

    Corporate Headquarters, Armonk, New York 10504


    Strategy and Change Executive, Corporate Human Resources (2003 - current)

  •         Developed business scoring strategy, scorecard reports and recommendations in the areas of workforce optimization, productivity, leadership, climate, people development, and productivity. Affecting performance management approaches for over 430,000 employees worldwide, recommendations have been consistently accepted by the senior vice president for corporate human resources, with distribution to Chairman and World Management Council.

  •         Articulated corporate level business strategy and assessed impact to human resource strategy, resulting in the first realignment of corporate HR metrics in over three years, and a growing demand by external client executives, officers and professional interest groups for presentations and guidance on similar efforts in their own organizations.

  •         Contributed to IBM position paper on global resourcing strategy (formerly "offshoring"). Chairman accepted recommendation to allocate executive focus and resource to this area. Project office with Operating Team involvement now active.

  •         Developed and "sold" value proposition for a strategic addition to IBM's portfolio of on demand workplace initiatives resulting in project approval and a 41-country implementation today.


    Associate Partner, Business Consulting Services, IBM Global Services (2002 - 2003)

  •         Strategic Change Solutions Practice. Responsibilities similar to PwC role following IBM acquisition in 4Q02.


    PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting LLP (1996 - 2002)


    Director, Organization and Change Strategy Consulting (2001 - 2002)

  •         Developed and helped bring to market worldwide shareholder value-based initiatives in Transformation Consulting (e-business emphasis), Globalization Strategy, and Corporate Center Design, resulting in combined revenue of over $400 million.

  •         Sold and led C-level projects in the areas of globalization, organization design, and post-merger integration.

  •         Assembled and published the book codifying PwC's point of view on the business opportunity for clients, MetaCapitalism: The E-Business Revolution and the Design of 21st Century Companies and Markets. Converted book's concepts into PwC Consulting's offering in business tranformation.


    Previous positions held at PwC:          

  •         Global Director for eTransformation Consulting Solutions, Global Strategic Change Group, 2000

  •         Worldwide Director for Globalization Strategy (Director Level), Global Strategic Change Group, 1999

  •         Principal Consultant (Level V), Organization and Change Strategy Group, 1997 - 1999

  •         Principal Consultant (Level IV), Organization and Change Strategy Group, 1996


          Representative Consulting Engagements:


  •         Led client CEO and top team through a top-line restructuring of a $16 billion annual revenue global engineering company, focusing on design of the groups, corporate center and all corporate functions. Collaborated with Andrew Campbell of the Ashridge Strategic Management Centre to leverage the learning, and create PwC's intellectual capital around transforming corporate centers into value-adding entities.


  •         Led global change management initiative for R&D organization of a major multinational pharmaceutical, designed to identify promising innovative drug compounds earlier in the process. Benefit case: $250 million in repeatable year-on-year revenue growth and cost reduction combination, with an additional average benefit of $42 million per drug brought to market via 6-week reduction in R&D cycle time from New Molecular Entity (NME) to Phase 3 clinical trial.


  •         Led global organization culture study and ensuing change engagement for the post-merger integration of a joint venture company held by two industry leaders in high technology. Led design and execution of global organization assessment, analysis, feedback, planning and implementation. Change areas included organization design, leadership, and culture to support a shift to fact-based, customer-centric strategy and organization.


  •         Led project to determine the optimal post-IPO organization design for a large global professional services corporation.


    Representative Client List:

    Best Buy, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cable & Wireless, Citigroup, GE Capital Services, Gillette, Invensys, Johnson & Johnson, Lucent Technologies, National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Royal Philips Electronics, Procter & Gamble, US Navy, and the US Transportation Security Agency.



    Pace University (1986 - 1996)

    Associate Dean, International and Outreach Programs and Founding Director, Center for Urban Education, School of Education

  •         Starting from a "greenfield" environment, established a thriving center for research, teaching and service supported by a stream of externally funded grants from government, corporate and foundation sources. Principal researcher on all grants, including a unique design resulting in the largest federal award of its kind ever granted to a private institution at that time.


    Columbia University (2004)

    Associate Professor, Department of Organization and Leadership

  •         Design and delivery of graduate level coursework in human resource strategy.



  •        Letter to the Editor:  "Moment of Decision: The Vote on China Trade" on the implications of the New Economy for trade relations with China, The New York Times, May 24, 2000

  •        "Go Global or Go Home: Investment Management Strategies for Globalization", PwC Web publication:, July 2000

  •        "The Relationship of Upward Feedback Disparities to Leader Performance: Understanding Overestimation'", dissertation at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. Published by UMI #9930682.

  •        "Theory orientations of organization development (OD) practitioners." Group and Organization Management, September 1997.  (Article awarded "Excellence" citation by Anbar, the online strategy journal rating association.)

  •        "Partnership dynamics in practice" (1995) in Staying in School: Partnerships for Educational Change (Evans, I., et al, Eds.) Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.

  •        "Theory orientations of organizational development (OD) practitioners: A preliminary exploration." Presented at the 1995 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society, New York, NY

  •        Over 36 competitively funded grant proposals, refereed publications and presentations in the higher education industry. Detailed citations available upon request.




                           Ph.D., Organization and Leadership (Consulting concentration) Summa cum laude

    Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


    M.Phil., Organization and Leadership (Consulting concentration) Summa cum laude

    Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences           


    M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Personnel emphasis) Magna cum laude

    New York University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences         


    B.A., Psychology, Magna cum laude

    Pace University, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences


    Applied Computer Programming Certificate, QPA = 4.00

    Pace University, School of Computer Science                   


    National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist

      Stuyvesant High School, New York City
  • professional presentations

    service and work in nyc

    Founding director and current advisory board president to The Center for Urban Education (CUE) at Pace Univerity, which supports urban educational initiatives through direct service programs to students, professional development for teachers and counselors, service learning initiatives to promote civic responsibility, community mobilization, coaching and training in how to implement successful model programs, coaching in programmatic and administrative cross-streaming to create and sustain effective urban outreach programs.

    Alumni member of Leadership New York, a jointly sponsored program by the New York City Partnership and the Coro Foundation to "nurture the future leadership of New York" and improve the economic and social climate of NYC.

    Former founding president, Association for Youth Partnership Programs, a 23-university consortium concerned with issues of at-risk youth in schools, and organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


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    honors and awards

    Selected by the NYC Partnership (a.k.a. Chamber of Commerce) and Coro foundation into Leadership New York, a program "to nurture the future leadership of the city."


    Marquis' Who's Who in the East.


    Six award for competition in US Chess Federation sanctioned national and regional tournaments.


    Admitted to American Mensa.


    National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, Stuyvesant High School


    OVERVIEW: Designed and authored competitive service and action research proposals addressing critical issues in urban schools (NYC and Westchester), resulting in competitively awarded funding streams now totalling over $20 million, supporting the creation and growth of a non-profit Center for Urban Education.


  •               1995-96 Dwight D. Eisenhower MaScTech Professional Development Initiative to provide training and consulting expertise to two elementary schools in New Rochelle and Greenburgh in the service of reform in the delivery of mathemetics, science, and technology instruction ($250,000; sole author). 


  •               Philip Morris Foundation Teacher Opportunity Corps  to recruit, prepare, and place teacher candidates from historically underrepresented minorities in teaching, with a special emphasis on clinical experiences in schools with high concentrations of at-risk pupils ($50,000 request pending review; sole author).                              


  •               Annenberg / Chase NYC Board of Education Middle Schools Initiative to research, plan, and implement a districtwide reform effort targeting middle schools over a three-year period ($20,000 award; sole author).


  •               CIBA-Geigy Science Fellows award to provide clinical placements in urban at-risk school settings for high-ability graduate preservice teachers in the sciences ($10,200 award; sole author).


  •               1995-99 Upward Bound Program (Title II) to increase the academic ability and college-going rates of first-generation and economically disadvantaged students in five Brooklyn high schools ($900,000 award; writing team director).


  •               1995-96 Lower East Side/Chinatown AmeriCorps to address the problems of underperforming students and insuffient resources for domestic violence prosecution (placed second in NYS;  writing team director).


  •               1995-96 John A. Hartford Foundation Parent-Child Literacy Program at PS 126 on Manhattan's Lower East Side ($20,000; sole author).


  •               1995-96 NYNEX Foundation Program supporting the Pace Hispanic Outreach Program at White Plains Middle School ($30,000; contributing writer).


  •               1993‑97 Student Literacy Corps Program to recruit and prepare undergraduate volunteers as community literacy volunteers in lower Manhattan ($100,000 award;  primary author).


  •               1992‑95 Title XI Urban Community Service Program  to address the high priority urban needs of underperforming schools and students.  This is the largest federal education award ever received by Pace University in its institutional history ($2,100,000 three‑year award; sole author).


  •               1991‑96 Dwight D. Eisenhower Title II Cooperative‑Demonstration Program for the improvement of mathematics achievement for minority and female students in Greenburgh Central District Seven ($191,000 over four annual awards; sole author)


  •               1991‑93 The Guinzburg Foundation/Pace University I Have a Dream Program to assist 77 residents from Oceanhill-Brownsville, Brooklyn in completing high school ($43,000; sole author)


  •               1989‑96 Liberty Partnerships Program for dropout prevention and postsecondary services to over 400 at-risk secondary students annually in public schools in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Yonkers ($1,457,310 over seven awards; sole author)


  •               1988‑96 Teacher Opportunity Corps Program to attract, recruit, prepare, retain, and place minority candidates to teach in urban public schools ($510,000 over six awards; sole author).


  •               1990‑91 Chase Manhattan Neighborhood Grant Program for scholarships to community based organization personnel to study pedagogy and techniques of literacy tutoring ($1,000;  sole author).


  •               1989‑91 Student Literacy Corps Proposal ---  see 1993-97 SLC award description ($49,600 award;  primary author).


  •               1987‑91 Stay‑in‑School Partnerships Project for dropout prevention and teacher education curriculum infusion of at-risk issues ($567,900 over five awards; sole author)

  • ORLJ 4009: Understanding behavioral research

    Overview of alternative methods of behavioral research and their relative strengths and limitations. Application of methodological principles in order to read and evaluate social science research and learn how to begin to conduct research.

    ORLJ 5003: Human resource management

    Current and emerging emphases in the management of human resources in organizations.

    ORLJ 5106: Psychological aspects of organizations

    Prerequisite: ORLJ 4005. Examines contemporary theory, research and practice in organizational behavior. Topics include: organizational entry, socialization, motivation, reward systems, group and individual decision-making, conflict resolution, stereotyping and discrimination.

    Documents & Papers

    Compares praxis, i.e., what really matters for OD practioners, to theory.

    Download: Publication: Theory Orientations of OD Practitioner [PDF]

    What beliefs do managers have about change?

    Download: Article: Understanding the management of change [PDF]

    Centers and Projects

    Principles & Practices of Organization Development

    Program in Organization Development & Human Resources Management