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Pasmore, William
Professor of Practice of Social Organizational Psychology
Organization & Leadership


Office Hours:
By appointment

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

Pasmore, W. (2015). Leading continuous change: Managing churn in the real world. Oakland: Berrett Koehler.

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.

An internationally-recognized authority in organization and leadership development, Bill Pasmore joined the Social-Organizational Psychology Program Faculty in September of 2010 as Professor of Practice. Bill’s research, teaching and practice focuses on issues related to complex organizational change, leadership & talent development strategies, design thinking & innovation, and CEO development and coaching.  

As a practitioner, Bill has been Senior Vice President of Organizational Leadership at the top 5 globally-ranked Center for Creative Leadership since 2008, and prior to that, a partner at Oliver Wyman Delta consulting, where he also served as the global practice leader for research.  He heads his own consulting firm, Pasmore Advisors, and works with both for profit and not for profit CEOs on change, organization design, talent, teams and succession planning. His clients have included Unilever, Ingersoll Rand, Pepsi, Massachusetts Mutual, Wal Mart, Dow Chemicals, Compuware, Coach, Polaroid, Levi Strauss, United Airlines, Procter & Gamble, Lucent Technologies, Amoco, Bristol Meyers Squibb, and Lupin Pharmaceuticals.

As a scholar, Bill was a tenured full professor in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University from 1976-1997, where he taught courses in the school’s Master of Science in Organization Development, MBA, Executive MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Ph.D. programs.  He was a visiting professor at INSEAD and Stanford and a faculty member in the executive education programs there.  Along with David Cooperrider, he founded the Social Innovations in Global Management program at case, funded by USAID with a focus on enhancing the leadership of global non-governmental organizations (NGOs). 

He has written or edited twenty-seven books and numerous articles, including his most recent from Berrett-Koehler, Leading Continuous Change.  Other book titles include Creating Strategic Change, Designing Effective Organizations, Research in Organizational Change and Development, Collaborative Management Research, andRelationships that Enable Enterprise Change. Some recent articles include The Board’s new roles in Succession PlanningHow to make Sure your Next CEO is a WinnerChoosing the Best Next CEO, and Are you Ready to Become a CEO?. For the past five years he has been editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, is a frequent keynote speaker, and was recognized multiple times as one of HR’s most influential thinkers by the European HRM association.   Recently, the Academy of Management established an award in his name and that of Richard Woodman (Texas A&M) to honor scholars who have engaged in sustained collaborative research efforts.  

He holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering/Industrial Management and a Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences, both from Purdue University. 


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