Sue Ashford

Sue Ashford

  • Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations
  • Chair of Management & Organizations
Education
  • PhD Northwestern University 1983
  • MS Northwestern University 1981
  • BA San Jose State University 1977

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 763-1091
Fax
(734) 936-6631
Email
Room
R4362
Research

Susan (Sue) Ashford is the chair of the Management and Organizations group at the Ross
School of Business, University of Michigan where she holds the Michael and Susan
Jandernoa Professorship in Management and Organization. She was previously on the
faculty of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College (1983-1991) and received
her MS and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. She served as the Ross school’s
Senior Associate Dean from 1998 – 2002, the Associate Dean for Leadership
Development Programming from 2007 – 2010 and the faculty director of the Executive
MBA program from 2002 - 2012. Sue currently is the Area Chair for the Management
and Organizations department.
Sue has made research contributions in the areas of leadership development and leader
effectiveness, middle management voice and issue selling, job insecurity, and individual
proactivity (e.g., self-management and feedback seeking). She is currently researching
how to thrive in the gig economy. Her research has been published in a variety of outlets,
including the: Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal,
Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of
Applied Psychology. Her research has been summarized as advice for managers in the
Harvard Business Review, the Harvard Business Review blog, the Washington Post, and
New York Magazine. Sue has served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of
Management Journal and currently serves on its editorial board.
In 2002, Sue was named a Fellow of the Academy of Management, recognizing the top
1% of scholars in a world-wide professional association of nearly 20,000 professors and
practitioners interested in improving management scholarship, education, and practice.
The Academy of Management also awarded her the prestigious Career Achievement
Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management in 2017.
Sue’s passion is using her teaching and research work to help people to be maximally
effective in their work settings, with an emphasis on self-leadership, proactivity, change
from below, and leadership and its development. She teaches at the Ross School,
focusing on negotiation skills in the Executive MBA program, a capstone leadership
course in the Weekend MBA program, and the Emerging Leaders Program in Ross’
Executive Education portfolio. She also teaches in the Ascending to the C-suite program
for Inforum, a professional organization committed to accelerating careers for women in
Michigan and the Leading Women Executives program in Chicago.

Executive Leadership

Susan Ashford is the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professorship in Management and Organization at the Ross School of Business and the Area Chair of the Management and Organizations group.  On the Ross faculty since 1991, she taught previously at the Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College (1983-1991).  Professor Ashford works with executive audiences in the areas of leadership and leadership development, negotiation, managerial skills and effectiveness, and bottom-up organizational change.  She teaches the negotiation course within the EMBA program and the capstone leadership course within the WMBA program.

Professor Ashford received her MS and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University.  She has taught in executive development programs at The University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, Duke University, and for Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Whirlpool Corporation and the Corporate Leadership Center’s Leading Women Executives program.  She has consulted to various organizations, including General Electric and Merrill Lynch.  Dr. Ashford has also served as a trainer for the management simulation project at New York University, working with executives from various organizations on their strategic and interpersonal skills.

Professor Ashford's current research interests include leadership development and effectiveness, issue selling, self-management, and proactivity.  Her research has been published in a variety of outlets, including the:  Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Applied Psychology.  Dr. Ashford is an Associate Editor for the Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior and is currently a member of the editorial board for the Academy of Management Journal.
 
Professor Ashford is a Fellow of the Academy of Management professional association.  She served as an Associate Dean for the Ross School of Business from 1994-1995, as the school’s Senior Associate Dean from 1998 – 2002 and as the Associate Dean for Leadership Programming and the Executive MBA from 2006-2010.

Agony and Ecstasy in the Gig Economy: Cultivating Holding Environments for Managing Precarious and Personalized Work Identities

Authors
Petriglieri, G., Ashford, S. J., & Wrzesniewski, A.
Published Date
2019

Source

Administrative Science Quarterly
Volume: 
64
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
124-170

Individuals and the New World of Work: A Research Agenda

Authors
Ashford, S. J., Caza, B. & Reid, E.
Published Date
2019

Source

Research in Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
23-41

To Get Companies to Take Action on Social Issues, Emphasize Morals, Not the Business Case

Authors
Mayer, D., Ong, M. Sonnenshein, S. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2019

Source

Harvard Business Review Blog
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00
Issue: 
00
Pages: 
00-00

A self-consistency motivation analysis of employee reactions to job insecurity: The roles of organization-based self-esteem and proactive personality.

Authors
Lin, X. S., Chen, Z. X., Ashford, S. J., Lee, C., & Qian, J.
Published Date
2018

Source

Journal of Business Research
Volume: 
92
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
168-178
Authors
Lee, C., Huang, G.H., & Ashford,S. J.
Published Date
03/2018

Source

Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
335-359.
Authors
Petriglieri, G. P., Ashford, S. J., & Wrzesniewski, A.
Published Date
03/2018

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
NA
Issue: 
NA
Pages: 
162-165.
Authors
Ashford, S.J., Sully-De Luque, M., Wellman, N., DeStobblier, K. M., & Wollan, M.
Published Date
01/2018

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
72-95

Deviance and exit: The organizational costs of job insecurity and moral disengagement.

Authors
Huang, G., Wellman, N., Ashford, S. J., Lee, C. & Li
Published Date
2017

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
102
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
26-42
Authors
Keating, L. A., Heslin, P. A., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
08/2017

Source

Harvard Business Review
Authors
Ashford, S. J. & Detert, J.
Published Date
2015

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
93
Issue: 
1/2
Pages: 
72-79
Authors
DeRue, D.S., Nahrgang, J.D., & Ashford, S.J.
Published Date
2015

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
26
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
1192-1209

To seek or not to seek, is that the only question? Recent developments in the feedback seeking literature.

Authors
Ashford, S. J., DeStobbelier, K. & Nujella, M.
Published Date
7/2015

Source

Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
3
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
213-239
Authors
Lam, C., Liang, J., Ashford, S. J., & Lee, C.
Published Date
2015

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
100
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
499-510

The Power of Peers: Antecedents and Outcomes of Peer Feedback Seeking Behavior.

Authors
De Stobblier, K. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2014

Source

Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
?
Pages: 
1428
Authors
Detert, J. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
12/2014

Source

Harvard Business Review blog
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Issue: 
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Pages: 
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Acting professional: an exploration of culturally bounded norms against nonwork role referencing

Authors
Uhlman, E. L., Heaphy, E., Ashford, S. J., Zhu, L. & Sanchez-Burks, J. S.
Published Date
2013

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
866-886

Having scholarly impact: The art of hitting academic home runs

Authors
Ashford, S. J.,
Published Date
2013

Source

Academy of Management Learning & Education
Volume: 
12
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
623-633

Reducing job insecurity and increasing performance ratings: does impression management matter?

Authors
Huang, G.-h, Zhao, H. H., Niu, X.-y., Ashford, S. G. & Lee, C.
Published Date
2013

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
98
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
852-862
Authors
Ashford, S. J. & DeRue, D. S.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
146-154

Developing as a leader: The power of mindful engagement.

Authors
Ashford, S. J. & DeRue, D. S.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
146-154

Differentiating cognitive and affective job insecurity: Antecedents and outcomes.

Authors
Huang, E. Niu, P., Lee, C., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2012

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
33
Issue: 
6
Pages: 
752-769

Learning agility: Many questions, a few answers and a path forward.

Authors
DeRue, D. S., Ashford, S. J., & Myers, C. G.
Published Date
2012

Source

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
316-322
Authors
Northcraft, G, Schmidt, A., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2011

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
96
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
1076-1086
Authors
DeStobbeleir, K. M. Ashford, S. J. & Buyens, D.
Published Date
2011

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
811-831
Authors
Grant, A. M., Nurmohamed, S. Ashford, S. J., & Dekas, K.
Published Date
2011

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
116
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
241-251

Affective job insecurity: A mediator of the cognitive job insecurity - employee outcomes relationships.

Authors
Huang, G, Lee, C, Ashford, S, Chen, Z., & Ren, X
Published Date
2010

Source

International Studies of Management and Organization
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
20-39

Power to the people: Where has personal agency gone in leadership development?

Authors
Derue, D. S., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2010

Source

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
Volume: 
3
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
24-27

Proactivity with image in mind: How employee and manager characteristics affect evaluations of proactive behaviors.

Authors
De Stobbeleir, K. Ashford, S.J. & Deluque, M. S.
Published Date
2010

Source

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Volume: 
83
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
347-369
Authors
DeRue, D. S. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2010

Source

Academy of Management Review
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
627

Job insecurity and the changing workplace: Recent developments and future trends in job insecurity research.

Authors
Lee, C., Huang, G.H., & Ashford,S. J.
Published Date
2018

Source

Annual Reviews
Pages: 
335-359
Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Morgeson, F.

Issues Selling: Proactive Efforts Toward Organizational Change.

Authors
Ong, M. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2017

Source

Routledge.
Pages: 
138-168
Proactivity at Work
Parker, S. & Bindl, U.

Assuming the mantle: Unpacking the process by which individuals internalize a leader identity.

Authors
DeRue, D. S., Ashford, S. J., & Cotton, N. C.
Published Date
2009

Source

Routledge
Pages: 
213-232
In Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation
L. M. Roberts & J. E. Dutton

Speaking up and speaking out: The leadership dynamics of voice in organizations.

Authors
Ashford, S. J., Sutcliffe, K. M., & Christianson, M. K.
Published Date
2009

Source

Emerald group publishing Ltd.
Pages: 
175-202.
Voice and Silence in Organizations
J. Greenberg and M. S. Edwards

Proactive Feedback Seeking: The Power of Seeing Yourself as Others See you.

Authors
Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2013

Source

Best Practices for Experience-Based Leadership Development.
Photo illustration of professional woman thinking with light bulb
Ross Thought In Action
Writing in Harvard Business Review, Professor Sue Ashford explores the reasons for going independent.

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