Morris, Robert B. (rbm2123)

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Morris, Robert
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Organization & Leadership

222 Zankel

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.

Rob draws on more than twenty-five years’ experience leading, consulting with, and studying organizations to develop YSC’s innovation strategy. 

A seasoned leadership strategy consultant and published expert in the executive development arena, he works closely with leaders of Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies in the areas of CEO succession and coaching, executive team alignment, and organization change.  Prior to joining YSC, Rob served for thirteen years as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army, where he led teams around the world. 

Rob holds a PhD in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, where he continues to serve as an Adjunct Associate Professor, and a BSc in Leadership Studies from the United States Military Academy, West Point.  When he is not working with clients, Rob enjoys all forms of outdoor family activities and regularly runs marathons and triathlons with his wife and two daughters. 

  • 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


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