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Robert B. Morris

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University, New York                                           
  • M.S., Counseling and Leader Development, Long Island University, CW Post     
  • B.S., Leadership Studies, United States Military Academy, West Point

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Morris' research interest is in organization change, specifically in the selection and development of change leaders. He taught classes at Columbia University as a graduate research/teaching assistant (2006-2011) and at USMA as an Instructor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (2005-2006). He has published three book chapters, Re-writing the script for Change: Transforming the Human Resources Function at a Major Film Studio (2012), The Importance of Storytelling in Leading Fundamental Change (2012) and Creating Urgency and Inspiring Your Team (2006). His doctoral dissertation is entitled “Can chameleons lead change?: The effect of resistance to change on high self-monitoring leaders’ strength of purpose.” He proposed the study at the Academy of Management conference in Montreal, Canada (2010), and since completing the research he has used the results to develop and train executives through his consulting and executive education programs. He was selected as the graduate research assistant for W. Warner Burke at Columbia University, one of the world’s leading Organization Development and Change scholars. He continues to research and write on topics such as selecting high potentials, team learning, organization change, and building real relationships at work.

Selected Publications

professional organization membership

  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists (SIOP)
  • Human Resources People & Strategy (HRPS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Academy of Management (AoM)
  • British American Business (BAB)
  • Thayer Leader Development Group  - Leadership Speaker

biographical information

Dr. Morris served as an Infantry Officer in leadership and staff assignments in the 1st Cavalry Division and the 25th Infantry Division (Light). He was selected to lead two light infantry companies and was promoted a year ahead of his peers to the rank of Major. His last field duty was Company Commander, Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, where he led a turn-around effort in preparation for combat operations prior to the 9/11 attacks.  He also served as the Executive Officer for the Brigade Tactical Department at West Point, where he orchestrated the executive staff responsible for all training and operations for the United States Corps of Cadets.

Since 2007 he has worked for YSC, Ltd., a global business psychology consultancy.  He currently sits on YSC’s Global Executive Team as the Head of Thought Leadership, with the role of developing new thinking and solutions for YSC’s clients in the areas of Assessment, Executive Coaching, Talent Strategy, Leadership and Team Development, and Organization Change.  His previous roles at YSC include general manager of YSC’s New York Office, responsible for business in the eastern corridor of the US, as well as Head of the Executive Coaching practice for the Americas region. He has worked with global clients across many industries in the areas of senior leader assessment and development, team development, and organization change and development.  His goal is to help his clients find practical solutions to real issues so they can compete and win.

ORLJ 6343: Practicum in change and consultation in organizations

Permission required. Prerequisite: ORL 5362 and ORLJ 4005. Enrollment limited. Open to doctoral candidates and others who have a strong background in social science, organizational behavior, administration, psychology, or business. Planned change in organizations. Offers the opportunity to study and experience anticipated consultant roles during the entry, diagnostic, and intervention phases of efforts to effect change. Special fee.