Professor Jack Denfeld Wood

American, Swiss
Leadership and Organizational Behaviour


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.


Petriglieri, G. Petriglieri, J.L. & Wood, J.D. 2018. Fast tracks and inner journeys: Crafting portable selves for contemporary careers. Administrative Science Quarterly, forthcoming, published online 12 July 2017.

Petriglieri, G. Wood, J.D. & Petriglieri J.L. 2011. “Up close and personal: Building foundations for leaders’ development through the personalization of management learning”. Academy of Management Learning and Education, special issue on “Teaching leadership,” 10 (3).

Awarded at the 2012 Annual Academy of Management Conference: Best paper in graduate management education award, for the most significant contribution to graduate management education, Also, 2011 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (winner of Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and nominee for Carolyn Dexter Award,

Wood, J.D., Petriglieri, G., “Transcending Polarisation: Beyond Binary Thinking”. Transactional Analysis Journal, Vol. 35, No. 1, January 2005.

Wood, Jack D. & Petriglieri, Gianpiero (2005). Transcendendo a polarização: Além do pensamento Binário. Revista Brasileira de Análise Transacional, XIV (1), 81-96, (2006).

Petriglieri, G., & Wood, J.D., “The Invisible Revealed: Collusion as an Entry to the Group Unconscious”. Transactional Analysis Journal, Vol. 33, No. 4, October, 2003.

Reprinted in TOPIGL – Newsletter of The Institute of Group Leaders, May 2004 (Australia).

Reprinted in (L'invisible dévoilé: la collusion comme porte d'entrée dans l'inconscient du groupe.) in Les Actualités en Analyse Transactionnelle, July 2004 (France).