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Robert E. Quinn

Robert E. Quinn

Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Professor in Business Administration & Professor of Management and Organizations

Ph.D, University Of Cincinnati
MS, Brigham Young University
BS, Brigham Young University

Robert E. Quinn holds the Margaret Elliot Tracey Collegiate Professorship at the University of Michigan and serves on the faculty of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business.  He is one of the co-founders and the current Director of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship.    


Quinnís research and teaching interests focus on leadership, organizational change and effectiveness.  He has published 16 books on these subjects.  Some of his most recent books are: Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within; Change the World: How Ordinary People Can Accomplish Extraordinary Results; Building the Bridge as You Walk on It: A Guide to Change; Lift: Becoming a Positive Force in Any Situation; Diagnosing and Changing Organizational Culture; and The Deep Change Field Guide: A Personal Course to Discovering the Leader Within. 


He is particularly known for his work on the competing values framework.  It has been used by hundreds of organizations and thousands of managers have been trained in the use of the model.  He has thirty years of experience consulting with major corporations and government agencies.


He is a fellow of the Academy of Management and the World Business Academy.  He was a co-recipient of the Academy of Managementís 2010 Martin Trail Blazer Award for opening new directions in the field of organization theory.  He is also the recipient of the 2011 Marion F. Gislason Award, presented by the Executive Development Roundtable for life-long contributions to the field and practices of leadership. 

New book:  "The Deep Change Field Guide: A Personal Course to Discovering the Leader Within"

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Robert E. Quinn
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Office Location: R4324

Phone: (734) 615-4265
Fax: (734) 936-6631
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