Emeritus Professor Dan Denison

Emeritus Professor Dan Denison

Daniel R. Denison is Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization at IMD. His work on organizational culture and business performance is well known around the world.

Prior to joining IMD in 1999, Denison was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School, teaching in MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs.

Professor Denison has taught and lived in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He received his Bachelor's degree from Albion College in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and his PhD from the University of Michigan in Organizational Psychology.

Dan's research, teaching, and consulting focuses on organizational culture and leadership and the impact that they have on the performance and effectiveness of organizations. His latest book, with IMD colleague Robert Hooijberg, Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations: Aligning Culture and Strategy, was published in June 2012. His research has shown a strong relationship between organizational culture and business performance metrics such as profitability, growth, customer satisfaction, and innovation. He has consulted with many leading corporations regarding organizational change, leadership development, and the cultural issues associated with mergers & acquisitions, turnarounds, and globalization.

Professor Denison has written four other books, including Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness, published by John Wiley in 1990. He is also the author of the Denison Organizational Culture Survey and the Denison Leadership Development Surveys. His articles have appeared in leading journals such as The Academy of Management Journal, The Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, The Administrative Science Quarterly, and The Journal of Organizational Behaviour.

Professor Denison has primarily been involved in partnership programs with IMD Learning Network companies such as Canon, Deloitte, PMI, Shell, DuPont and Metso. These custom-designed programs are targeted to transform the organizations and the individuals who lead them, and are designed to meet the challenges the companies face. He is also the Chairman of Denison Consulting, LLC, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with offices in Europe and Asia.

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Designing a high performance organization
Competing efficiently and effectively in China
Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations