Professor Jack Denfeld Wood

American, Swiss
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


Professor Emeritus of Leadership, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland.

Jack’s publications and areas of special interest include the role of unconscious processes in leadership and followership, group dynamics, and ideology. He has published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Transactional Analysis Journal, the Financial Times and elsewhere.  Along with his academic work and organizational consultation, Jack has been an adjunct professor at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in China, and a visiting professor at the Moscow School of Managemnt (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 majored in Government at Colby College where he was U.S. Air Force Distinguished Military Graduate, Cadet Commander, ATO fraternity president, played varsity ice hockey and was co-captain of the varsity soccer team. Following five years of active duty in the Air Force as an officer, pilot and instructor pilot, he continued to fly fighter 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 Behavior at Yale University. His doctoral dissertation was "A Theory of Small Group Structure" and combined field and multivariate research, developing methods for conceptualizing ideology and its influence on the structure, dynamics, and leadership decision-making of small groups.  His post-doc was at the American Arbitration Association where he studied Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration and the process of Adjudication.  Jack is married with four children.