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Faculty Kudos and Awards

8/20/2008 --

Summer of 2008 sees Ross professors net appointments, honors, and more.

ANN ARBOR—Classrooms may be quiet throughout the summer, but professors at the Ross School of Business remain active on the scholarly front. Below is a limited roundup of faculty accolades, appointments, and activities in recent months.

Professor Andy Hoffman (pictured at right) served on the expert committee to help develop and review a report for former British Prime Minister Tony Blair that was presented at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit on June 27, 2008. The report, titled "Breaking the Climate Deadlock: A Global Deal for Our Low Carbon Future," details the 10 building blocks for an agreement that will create a "prosperous, low-carbon, climate-resilient world." It identifies the actions and questions that need to be resolved by political and business leaders in the period leading up to the United Nations climate change negotiations set for Copenhagen in December 2009. Hoffman is the Holcim (U.S.) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, a position that holds joint appointments at Ross and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. In addition, he is the associate director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and is an associate professor of management & organizations and natural resources.

Tom Kinnear was named chairperson of the American Marketing Association (AMA) earlier this year. Kinnear is the Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Ross and director of the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. He holds the AMA chair until June 30, 2010, during which time he will direct the board in providing strategic guidance, direction, and advice for the association and to provide fiduciary oversight to protect the business property of the association. As the largest marketing association in North America, the AMA caters to professionals and organizations involved in the practice, teaching, and study of marketing worldwide.

Professor Noel Tichy's (pictured at left) article, "Making Judgment Calls: The Ultimate Act of Leadership," co-authored by Warren G. Bennis (USC) and published in the Harvard Business Review (volume 85, issue 10), was selected by Emerald Management Reviews as one of the 50 best articles in management to be published in 2007. The Tichy/Bennis piece was culled from 15,000 articles that were printed last year in the top 400 business and management journals. Meanwhile, the authors' book, Judgment: How Winning Leaders Make Great Calls, received a silver medal in the 2008 Axiom Business Book Awards. In addition, in June 2008, Tichy received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Workplace Learning and Performance by the American Society for Training and Development. Tichy is a professor of organizational behavior and human resource management and director of the Global Leadership Program, a 36-company consortium of Japanese, European and North American companies partnered to develop senior executives and conduct action research on globalization.

David Ulrich, professor of business administration and director of the Human Resource Executive Program at Ross, topped the 2008 list of the most influential people in human resources, published in the June issue of Human Resources magazine. HR produced the list in association with Ceridian Corp., an information services company in the human resources, transportation, and retail markets. The company serves clients in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The list was based on methodology developed for HR magazine by U.K.-based Henley Management College's School of Human Resources, Leadership, and Change. Nominees were rated on visibility, originality, and personal influence. Ulrich topped the "Most Influential Thinkers" category.

Professor Lynn Perry Wooten was guest editor of the summer 2008 special issue of Human Resource Management magazine and penned the article, "Breaking Barriers in Organizations." The special issue was design to generate meaningful dialogue on how individuals, groups, and organizations can further identify trigger points for shattering the glass ceiling, removing silos, and erasing boundaries in organizations. "Working together, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can contribute to the knowledge base on inclusion in organizations by creating a platform for thought and action," says Wooten. She is a clinical associate professor of strategy and management & organizations at Ross. "We have opportunities for teachable moments to inform others on how inclusive work environments are complementary to other human resource management activities and strategic initiatives and, by seizing the moment, we are on the path to move the inclusion journey forward."

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847,