Emeritus Professor Jack Denfeld Wood

Emeritus Professor Jack Denfeld Wood

Jack’s publications and areas of special interest include the role of unconscious processes in leadership and followership, group and inter-group dynamics, and ideology. He has published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Transactional Analysis Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes, and elsewhere. Along with his academic work and organizational consultation, Jack has been a professor of management practice at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in China, and a visiting professor at the Moscow School of Management (Skolkovo) Russia. He is a practicing analyst with a diploma from the C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich, and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Academy of Management (AOM), the A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems (AKRI), International Transactional Analysis Association (ITAA), and the International Association of Analytical Psychology (IAAP).

Jack’s view of leadership is multi-level, multidimensional, and social-psychological, i.e., he considers leadership not simply an individual collection of traits, nor a series of interpersonal transactions, but Leadership is then a social and psychological process that is fundamentally exercised in the small group. Organizational behaviour, consequently, is an expression of conscious cognitive and largely unconscious emotional group and intergroup dynamics. The primary task of leadership development, then, is then to provide the opportunity for individuals to develop their capacity to exercise leadership responsibly.

Jack majored in Government at Colby College in the United States and was an active duty U.S. Air Force officer and pilot following graduation. Following active duty he continued to fly aircraft for the Air National Guard while earning an MA in social psychology at Syracuse University, and an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Organizational Behaviour at Yale University. His doctoral dissertation was "A Theory of Small Group Structure" and combined field and multivariate quantitative research, developing methods for conceptualizing ideology and its influence on the structure, dynamics, and leadership decision-making of small groups

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