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Anthony J. Rucci

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Tony Rucci is Clinical Professor of Management at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University.  He joined the faculty of the college in 2006 following a 28 year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies.  He has held a broad range of senior officer responsibilities, including extensive board of directors and governance experience, merger and acquisition responsibilities, large scale organizational transformation efforts, as well as international responsibilities. His professional roles have included: 

     -Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Cardinal Health (1999-2005)

     -Chairman of the Board, Sears Mexico (1995-1997)

     -Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Sears Roebuck and Co. (1993-1998) 

     -Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, Baxter International (1979-1993)

     -Interim CEO, Ohio State University Physicians, Inc. (2006)

Rucci has also been on the board of directors of a number of companies including: Sears Canada, Western Auto, and Grupo Carso, a conglomerate of privately held companies in Mexico. He has also been on a number of boards, including the Ohio State University Medical Center Strategic Advisory Board, the University of Illinois, Chicago Chancellor’s Advisory Board and Chair of the Healthcare sub-committee, as well as a Trustee of the Columbus Museum of Art. 

Academically, Rucci has been Dean of the College of Business and tenured professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago in 1998-1999.  He has published over twenty-five articles and book chapters, including the Harvard Business Review and Fortune magazine. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Human Resource Management Journal, and the Human Resource Planning Journal, as well as an editorial book reviewer for Harvard Business School Press and Josey-Bass publishers.  He has been cited and interviewed in major media including USA Today, Fast Company, Smart Money, and the Wall Street Journal. He has taught at a number of universities, including Ohio State University, Bowling Green State University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Texas, Dallas. He has delivered over 150 invited speeches and keynote addresses at major conferences and events during his career, including guest lectures at Emory University Medical School, the University of Michigan Ross School, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, MIT Sloan School, Harvard University/Palladium Group, and the Ohio State University Medical School. He holds bachelors, masters and PhD degrees in industrial and organizational psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Rucci also currently maintains an active advising practice at the board and executive leadership levels with companies and organizations, as well as a significant pro bono practice with educational and not-for-profit organizations. Noteworthy clients over the past few years have included: Home Depot, Scotts/MiracleGro, M/I Homes, Columbus City Schools, Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus College of Art and Design, Capital University Law School, Ohio Children’s Hunger Alliance, New Leaders for Ohio Schools, and State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.  Recent noteworthy recognitions have included: the 2013 Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2013 Bowling Green State University Distinguished Alumni Arts & Sciences Award, the 2008 Distinguished Career Executive Award from the National Academy of Management, and multiple teaching awards from the Fisher College of Business.

Tony is also the proud father of five children:  Kelly, Heather, Joshua, Jordan and Sage, and three grandchildren: Kathryn, Anthony and Michael.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Strategy Implementation and Execution
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Intangible Value Chain
  • Talent Management and Human Resources

Education

  • PhD: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1978, Bowling Green State University
  •  MA: Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1976, Bowling Green State University
  •  BS: Psychology and Mathematics, 1972, Bowling Green State University

BUSMHR 3220 - Dean's Leadership Academy: Leadership and Team Effectiveness

Exposes students to practical applications of good organizational management and leadership practices.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 542.

BUSMHR 7222 - Advanced Topics in Leadership: Building Your Leadership Legacy

Development of a personal leadership legacy designed to achieve career goals and improve leadership skills.
Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, WPMBA, MHRM, or MAcc program, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 842.

Development of a personal leadership legacy designed to achieve career goals and improve leadership skills. 
Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, WPMBA, MHRM, or MAcc program, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 842.Development of a personal leadership legacy designed to achieve career goals and improve leadership skills. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, WPMBA, MHRM, or MAcc program, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 842.

BUSMHR 7223 - Advanced Topics in Leadership Effectiveness: Strategy Implementation

Study strategy needed for organizational alignment; implementation, execution of strategic priorities; and organizational culture, leadership, structure, communications, compensation, metrics relative to effective execution of strategy.
Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, WPMBA, MLHR or MAcc program or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 847.

BUSMHR 7322 -  Fundamentals of Business Excellence III

Presentation of the strategic and tactical issues related to effective implementation and practice in HR.
Prereq or concur: 7321, or permission of instructor.

MBA 6201 - Organizational Behavior

An overview of factors that influence individual and team performance and techniques to improve it; analytical frameworks for determining effectiveness of given techniques in specific circumstances.
Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 860.

MBA 6202 - Organizational Behavior & Leadership II

An overview of factors that influence individual and team performance and techniques to improve it; analytical frameworks for determining effectiveness of given techniques in specific circumstances. Continuation of 6201.
Prereq: 6201, and enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 860.

Publications

  • Rucci, A. J. (2009). In pursuit of HR's core purpose: The practical doing of strategic HRM. In J. Storey, D. Wright, and D. Ulrich (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Strategic Human Resource Management (pp. 137-145). Routledge/Taylor & Francis Books, plc.
  • Rucci, A.J.  (2008)  I/O Psychology’s core purpose: where science and practice meet. The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Vol. 46, No. 1, 17-24. 
  • Sanfilippo, F., Bendapudi, N., Rucci, A. J., Schlesinger, L.  (2008) Strong leadership drives culture and performance change: Ohio State University Medical Center 2001-2006. Journal of Academic Medicine, 83, (9), 845-854.
  • Rucci, A. J. (2002). What the best business leaders do best.  In R. Silzer (Ed.), Jossey-Bass. (chapter 2, 21-43).
  • Rucci, A. J., Kirn, S., Huselid, M., Becker, B. (1999). Strategic human resources management at Sears. Human Resources Management Journal, 38 (4), 353-366. 
  • Becker, B., (Losey, M., Rucci, A. J., Ulrich, D.) (1999). An interview with Mike Losey, Tony Rucci and Dave Ulrich: Three experts respond to HRMJ's special issue on HR strategy in five leading firms. (Human Resource Management, Vol. 38, No. 4, Winter, 353-366). 
  • Thompson, K., (Rucci, A. J.) (1999). A conversation with Tony Rucci: preparing future leaders (Journal of Leadership Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1/2, Winter, 98-111). 
  • Rucci, A. J., Kirn, S., Quinn, R. (1998). The employee-customer-profit chain at Sears. Harvard Business Review, 76 (1), 82-97.
  • Rucci, A. J., Kirn, S., Quinn, R. (1998). The employee-customer-profit chain at Sears. In D. Ulrich (Ed.), Harvard Business School Press. 
  • Rucci, A. J. (1997). Should HR survive: A profession at the crossroads. Human Resource Management, 36 (1), 169-173
  • Sherman, S., (Rucci, A. J.) (1997). Bringing Sears into the new world: An interview with A.J. Rucci (Fortune magazine, Vol. 136, No. 7, October). 
  • Rucci, A. J. (1997). Should HR survive:  A profession at the crossroads.  In D. Ulrich, M. Losey, D. Lake (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons. 
  • Ulrich, D., Cody, T., LaFasto, F., Rucci, A. J. (1995). Human resources at Baxter Healthcare Corporation merger: A strategic partner role.  In C. E. Schneier (Ed.), The Human Resource Planning Journal. 
  • Rucci, A. J., Sinnott, J. (1992). Health care. Human Resource Management, 31 (1/2) (Special Issue on Exemplary Practices), 69-79. 
  • Linder, J. and Smith, H.J.  (Rucci, A.J.) (1992). The Complex Case of Management Education: A case study  (Invited commentary). Harvard Business Review, 70 (5), 16-35). 
  • Rucci, A. J. (1990). Mergers, acquisitions and LBO's. (Conference Board Proceedings Report, #952) 
  • Rucci, A. J., LaFasto, F., Ulrich, F. (1990). Managing Organizational Change:  A merger case study.  In M. London, J. Fernandez, E. Bassman (Ed.), Greenwood/Quorum Press. 
  • Ulrich, D., LaFasto, F., Cody, T., Rucci, A. J. (1989). Human Resources and Mergers: A strategic partner role. Human Resource Planning, 12 (2), 87-103. 
  • Ulrich, D., LaFasto, F., Rucci, A. J. (1989). Why Baxter Moved Quickly to Absorb American Hospital. Mergers and Acquisitions, 24, 54-59. 
  • Parker, D., Fossum, J., Blakslee, J., Rucci, A. J. (1986). Human Resource Planning at American Hospital Supply. In L. Dyer (Ed.), Random House. 
  • Malone, M., Rucci, A. J. (1986). Designing and Implementing a Performance Management System. Hospital Material Management Quarterly, 8 (2), 13-21.
  • Parker, D., Fossum, J., Blakslee, J., Rucci, A. J. (1983). Human Resource Planning at American Hospital Supply. Human Resource Planning, 6 (4), 207-217. 
  • Rucci, A. J. (1981). Planning for People--A Hospital's Most Important Resource (Hospital Management Quarterly, Spring, pp. 3-5). 
  • Rucci, A. J., Tweney, R. (1980). Analysis of Variance and the 'Second Discipline' of Scientific Psychology: A historical perspective. Psychological Bulletin, 87, 166-184. 
  • Rucci, A. J. (1978).  The development, cross-validation and generalization of a vocational interest typology, with an evaluation of occupational clustering within types. Doctoral dissertation, Bowling Green State University. 
  • Rucci, A.J. (1977). The development of analysis of variance techniques in psychology. Preliminary dissertation thesis, Bowling Green State University. 
  • Rucci, A.J. (1976). Reported importance of intrinsic and extrinsic job factors as a function of  student status and organizational level. Master of arts thesis, Bowling Green State  University. 

Peer Reviewed/Professional Conference Presentations 

  • Klein, H., Rucci A., et al.  “The questions we ask, they ask, and the answers firms need: Convergence, divergence & collaboration”. Academy of Management. (August 2008).  
  • Cohen, D.J., Rucci, A.J. et al.  “HR teaching and curriculum: Are we asking the right questions? Academy of Management. (August 2008).
  • Rucci, A. J. "Why should a CEO listen to you? “ Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. (April 2000).
  • Rucci, A. J.  "From both sides now:  Perspective on how to improve the quality of organizational behavior education from those who have been in academe and industry," Academy of Management. (August 1999).
  • Jackson, S., Murphy, J., Fulkerson, J., Pinto, P., Rucci, A. J., Schuler, R., "General principles and contextual contingencies for I/O practitioners and scientists," Symposium-Society of I/O Psychology. (April 1990). 
  • Rucci, A. J., LaFasto, F. "Human Resource Planning and Development". American Psychological Association, Division of I/O Psychology (August 1987). 
  • Rucci, A. J. "Strategic Human resource planning and the practice of I/O psychology," Symposium-American Psychological Association. (August 1984). 
  • Rucci, A. J. and Chorush, I., "A 'Policy-capturing' investigation of jet aircraft purchase decisions," American Psychological Association, Annual meeting. (September 1980). 
  • Rucci, A. J.  "An occupational classification based on a vocational interest typology," American Psychological Association. (September 1979).
  • Rucci, A. J., Schipper, L. "Estimation of likelihoods of events as a function of impact and reliability of predictors," Psychonomic Society. (November 1978).
  • Rucci, A. J., Tweney, R.  "The development of analysis of variance techniques in psychology," American Psychological Association. (August 1978). 
  • Rucci, A. J., Cranny, C. "Job factor importance as a function of student status and organizational level," Midwest Psychological Association. (May 1978).
  • Rucci, A. J., Schipper, L.  "Estimation of likelihoods of events as a function of the degree of personal impact of the events," Psychonomic Society. (November 1977)