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William Pasmore

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Purdue University
  • B.S.I.M., Purdue University

Scholarly Interests

  • Organizational change
  • Organizational design
  • Leadership development
  • Team dynamics
  • Global organizations
  • Collaborative action research
  • CEO succession

Selected Publications

Woodman, R., Pasmore, W., & Rami Shani, A.B. (Eds.). (2011). Research in organizational change and development. Emerald Publishing.

Rami Shani, A.B., Mohrman, S.A., Pasmore, W.A., Stymne, B., & Adler, N. (Eds.) (2007). Handbook of collaborative management research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Pasmore, W. and Torres, R. (2003). Choosing the next best CEO: Succession should be a process, not a horse race. Mercer Management Journal, 16, 67-75.

Carucci, R.A., & Pasmore, W.A. (2002). Relationships that enable enterprise change: Leveraging the client -consultant connection. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Woodman, R. W., & Pasmore, W. A. (2002). The Heart of It All: Group- and Team-Based Interventions in Organization Development. In J. Waclawski & A. H. Church (Eds). Organization Development: A data-driven approach to Organization change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Pasmore, W. (1995). Social science transformed: The socio-technical perspective. Human Relations, 48(1), 1-21.

Pasmore, W. (1994). Creating strategic change: Designing the flexible, high-performing organization. New York, NY: Wiley.

Pasmore, W. (1988) Designing effective organizations: The sociotechnical perspective. New York, NY: Wiley.

Pasmore, W., & Friedlander, F. (1982). An action research program for increasing employee involvement in problem solving. Administrative Science Quarterly, 27(3), 343-362.

biographical information

Professor Pasmore is a Visiting Professor of Organization & Leadership and advisor to the Provost on continuing education programs.  He is also a Senior Vice President and Global Organizational Practice Leader for the Center for Creative Leadership, headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is currently the Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences.  Professor Pasmore received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Management and Administrative Sciences from Purdue University.  He is the author/editor of 24 books and numerous scholarly publications.  He was a tenured full professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University from 1976-1997, where he taught courses in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in organizational behavior and organization development, and directed the Master’s degree program in Organization Development and Analysis.  With David Cooperrider, he co-founded the Social Innovations in Global Management (SIGMA) program at CRWU, which assisted non-governmental organizations in strengthening their leadership and organizational effectiveness.  During his years at CWRU, he also spent time as a visiting professor at Stanford and Insead.  In 1997, he joined Delta Consulting in New York City, which became part of the Marsh McLennan/ Oliver Wyman Corporation.  There, he was a member of the executive team and director of global research.  He consulted to Fortune 500 and global clients on issues of CEO succession, organization design, human resource effectiveness, and change.  He joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 2008 to form a global practice that helps companies combine leadership development with organization development in order to enhance the impact and return on investment in leadership education.  He is a frequent invited speaker at global conferences and corporate events.

personal news

Singapore Today: What Drives You? (4/26/10)
Forbes.com:  You Need A Leadership Strategy Now (2/24/2010)

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.

ORLJ 6349: Practicum: Process Consultation

Permission required. Limited to doctoral students. Topics are announced in the preliminary and final course schedules distributed each semester.

William Pasmore appeared in the following articles:

Learning to Lead Change (5/14/2012)

Bringing It All Back Home (5/11/2011)

The Change Agents (5/11/2011)

Executive Master's Program in Organization Change Leadership (1/31/2011)

Social, Organized and Psyched (11/17/2010)