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David (Dave)  O. Ulrich

David (Dave) O. Ulrich

Professor of Business Administration and Director, Human Resource Executive Program



BA, Brigham Young University

Dave Ulrich is a Professor of Business at the University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He studies how organizations build capabilities of speed, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, and leadership through leveraging human resources. He has helped generate award winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, human resource practices and HR competencies.

His teaching and research addresses how to create an organization that adds value to customers and investors. He studies how organizations change, build capabilities, learn, remove boundaries, and leverage human resource activities.

Dave has published over 150 articles, book chapters and authored/co-authored 23 books including: The Why of Work, Leadership in Asia, The Leadership Code, HR Transformation, Companion for Strategic Human Resources, HR Competencies, Leadership Brand, Human Resource Value Proposition, The Future of Human Resource Management, Human Resources Business Process Outsourcing, 100 Things You Need to Know: To manage people effectively and to design better people practices, Competencies for the New HR, Why the Bottom Line Isnít, GE Workout, HR Scorecard, Results Based Leadership, Learning Capability: Generating & Generalizing Ideas with Impact, Tomorrow's (HR) Management, Human Resource Champions: The Next Agenda for Adding Value and Delivering Results, The Boundaryless Organization, The Boundaryless Organization Field Guide, Organizational Capability: Competing from the Inside.

He was recognized in 2012 with a Lifetime Achievement Award from HR Magazine for being the "father of modern human resources." He has won numerous other lifetime achievement awards, been recognized as a leading thinker in the human resource profession, and been listed among the top 50 thinkers in global management.  He edited Human Resource Management 1990 to 1999 and is on the board of directors at Herman Miller and board of trustees at Southern Virginia University.


David (Dave) O. Ulrich
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Phone: (734) 936-0282
E-Mail: dou@umich.edu
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