Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich

  • Rensis Likert Collegiate Professor of Business Administration
  • Director, Human Resource Executive Program
Education
  • BA Brigham Young University 1976

Contact Information

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(734) 936-0282
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Research

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 Isn’t, 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.

Executive Leadership

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Collegiate Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group (http://www.rbl.net) a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He studies how organizations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability, and talent through leveraging human resources.  He has helped generate award winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, organization capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results.

In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from HR Magazine in 2012 for being the "father of modern human resources."   In 2011, he was ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine. The same year, he was ranked #23 in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader; and was ranked in the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Leadership Behavior.   In 2010, he received the Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking; he received a lifetime Fellowship in Australia Human Resources Institute (AHRI); was ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine; received the Kirk Engelhardt Exemplary Business Ethics Award from Utah Valley University; and his book Why of Work (co-authored with Wendy Ulrich) was #1 best seller for Wall Street Journal and USA Today.   To read more about Dave's accolades, click here.

He has consulted and done research with over half of the Fortune 200.

Ross Thought In Action
Professor David Ulrich says ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson would mark a tilt toward an economic and business focus at the State Department.

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