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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)

Teaching Awards

  • Outstanding Professor Award, Executive MBA Program, Fisher College (2014)
  • Ohio State University Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award (2013)
  • Academy of Teaching inductee, Ohio State University (2013)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Executive MBA Program, Fisher College (2013)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Masters of Human Resource Management Program, Fisher College (2013)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Executive MBA Program, Fisher College (2012)
  • Outstanding Business Professor Award, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Fisher College (2012)
  • Outstanding Graduate Program Professor, Pacesetters Award, Fisher College, (2010)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Executive MBA program, Fisher College (2010)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Working Professional MBA Program Fisher College (2009)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Executive MBA program, Fisher College (2008)

Professional Awards

  • Bowling Green State University Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Arts & Sciences (2013)   
  • Outstanding Community Service Award, Columbus Childhood League and Schoedinger Family (2011)
  • Distinguished Career Executive Award, Academy of Management, HR Division (2008)
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2008)
  • Best Investor Relations Award, Large cap (Cardinal Health), Investor Relations Magazine (2003)
  • Honorable Mention, Best overall investor relations award, large cap (Cardinal Health), Investor Relations Magazine (2001)
  • Optimus Award, Overall Excellence in Human Resources (Sears), Workforce Magazine (1999)
  • Executive of the Year, International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruiters (1997)
  • Outstanding Executive Recognition, University of Michigan Business School (1997)
  • HR Executive of the Year-Honor Roll, Human Resource Executive Magazine (1996)
  • Inducted Fellow, National Academy of Human Resources (1995)
  • Article of the Year, Human Resource Planning Journal (1989)
  • White House Fellows, Regional Selection Panel, Chicago (1988 & 1989)
  • Sigma Xi, National Science Honorary (1979)
  • Graduate Faculty Commendation, Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University (1978)
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University (1978)
  • Antaean Society, National Leadership Honorary (1972)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honorary (1972) 

Keynote and Invited Addresses of Note (selected) 

  • Rucci, A.J. Invited presentation, Wendy’s Executive Officer Retreat, “Principled leadership” Columbus (August 2014)
  • Rucci, A.J. Invited keynote address, Alliance Data Retail Services Executive Officer Retreat, “Authentic Leadership” Columbus (February 2014)
  • Rucci, A. J. Invited keynote address, Healthcare Policy and Management Institute Annual Conference, Confluence Park. Columbus (November 2013)
  • Rucci, A. J. Invited presentation, Farm Credit Services Council Annual Board of Directors retreat, "Leadership and strategy implementation". Orlando (March 2013)
  • Rucci, A. J., Invited keynote address, Ohio Ethics (COGEL) Conference, “Principled Leadership” Columbus (December 2012)
  • Rucci, A. J., Invited presentation, Women in Executive Leadership (WELD) Conference at Otterbein College, "Strategy implementation". Columbus (June 2012)
  • Rucci, A. J., Invited presentation, Home Depot Top 100 Executive Retreat, "Leadership and Value Creation". Atlanta (November 2011)
  • Rucci, A. J., Panelist, GE Middle market conference, "Leadership". Columbus (Sept. 2011)
  • Kerr, S., Antoine, R. & Rucci, A. Invited panel member/moderator, “Thought leaders views on HR”, Society of Human Resource Management Thought Leaders Conference, San Antonio (Oct. 2010)
  • Rucci, A. Invited presentation and moderator, “Strategic Planning for CAHCIM”, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, Annual Conference, Albuquerque (Oct. 2010)
  • Rucci, A. Invited presentation, “Talent management”, Abercrombie and Fitch Board of Directors, Columbus (Aug 2010)
  • Rucci, A.J.  Invited presentation and panel moderator, “Board collaboration and governance”, Ohio State University Medical Center, All-Hospitals Board retreat, Columbus (Sept . 2009)
  • Rucci, A.J. Invited presentation, “Statement of Strategic Intent”, Columbus College of Art & Design, All-faculty annual meeting, Columbus (Aug 2009)
  • Rucci, A.J.  Invited address, “The Challenges of Leadership in an era of increased expectations and accountability”.  2009 National Academy for Superintendents, Center for Educational Services. Columbus (July 2009)
  • Rucci, A.J.  Invited presentation, “A practitioner’s transition to business school teaching”. American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business Conference, Columbus (May 2009)
  • Rucci, A.J.  Invited address, “Organization performance and the dignity of people at work”. Academy of Management, Anaheim (August 2008)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited keynote address, "I/O psychology's core purpose:  where science and practice meet," Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Annual Conference, San Francisco (April 2008)
  • Rucci, A.J.  Invited panel member. “Candor in the executive suite.” CFO Rising, 15th Annual Conference, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Orlando (March 2008)
  • Rucci, A. J. Invited keynote address, "The human capital analytics journey...what does it take?,"   Infohrm, Inc., Annual European Conference, London, (December 2007)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "The importance of human capital in the value creation chain," Human Resource Planning Society, Annual Fall Conference, Chicago (October 2007)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited presentation, "The power of intangibles in the service-value chain," Emory University Medical School and Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Atlanta (October 2007)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited keynote address, "Workforce trends:  Why intangibles matter so much in the value creation chain," Farm Credit Services Council, National Directors Conference, San Antonio (September 2007)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited keynote address, "The human capital analytics journey," Infohrm, Inc..Annual Asia-Pacific Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (August 2007)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Success is all about people and intellectual capital," Ohio Bankers Day, Ohio Department of Commerce Conference. Columbus, (April 2007)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Value creation is all about human capital...but measure what matters," Palladium Group Conference, Balanced Scorecard Collaborative. Boston (March 2007)
  • Rucci, A. J. Invited address, Healthcare Conference, "What's the ROI on U.S. healthcare expenditures?," Ohio Society of CPAs. Columbus (November 2006)
  • Rucci, A.J.  Invited keynote address, “The human capital analytics journey”, Infohrm, Inc., Annual North American Conference, Baltimore (October 2006)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited panel member, "Strategic HR leadership:  Beyond tactical excellence," CEO Forum, Human Resource Management Association of Chicago Leadership Series, Chicago (June 2006)
  • Rucci, A. J. Invited keynote address,  "Whither goest the healthcare dollar?"  The David Kelly Annual Lecture in Medical Economics, Department of Otolaryngology, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus (June 2006)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, Palladium Group Conference, "Linking employee attitudes, customer satisfaction and value creation," Balanced Scorecard Collaborative. Boston (May 2006)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Creating value in the consultant-client relationship," Midwest Partners Retreat, Deloitte & Touche, Columbus (May 2005)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "The employer's dilemma of rising healthcare costs".  World Healthcare Forum, Global Medical Forum Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland (March 2004)
  • Rucci, A. J. Invited address, "The employee-service-value creation chain." Center for Services Management, Arizona State University. Phoenix (November 2003)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited panel member, "Measuring intangibles. " CFO Forum, The Economist Magazine, New York (November 2003)
  • Rucci, A. J. Invited panel member, "The future of Human Resources." Center for Human Resources, University of Illinois, Chicago (September 2001)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Performance measurement." Conference Board, New York. (May 2000)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "The turnaround at Sears," Wharton School Conference, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia (May 1999)\
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited panel member, "The state of the union in HR," Conference Board, Chicago. (May 1999)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Linking employee attitudes, customer satisfaction and financial performance," Wharton Financial Services Group, New York (October 1998)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited keynote address, "Activating your firm's service culture," Premier Symposium, Arizona State University Business School, Scottsdale (October 1998)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited keynote address, "A view from the top:  Current issues in minority supplier business development," Annual Meeting, National Minority Supplier Development   Council, New York. (November 1997)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "A 'what if' dialogue," Fortune 500 HR Forum, Boston. (October 1997)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Transforming a legacy--the leadership dimension," Academy of Management. (August 1997)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, 20th Anniversary Conference, "Customer driven transformation," Human Resource Planning Society. (April 1997)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Transformation:  The framework, the leaders, the culture," 86th Annual Convention and Expo, National Retail Federation. New York (January 1997)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited keynote address, "Competing in the new economy:  Managing out of bounds," 16th Annual International Conference, Strategic Management Society. Scottsdale (November 1996)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited workshop, "Trends and issues in purchasing," Annual conference, National Minority Supplier Development Council, Detroit (October 1995)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "The challenge of leading organizational change," Annual Meeting, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Midwest, Valparaiso, Indiana (June 1995)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address and panel member, "Healthcare reform," Sixth Annual National Forum on Healthcare Quality: Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare   Organizations. Chicago (October 1993)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Healthcare reform," Quarterly CFO Forum, Price Waterhouse, Peoria, Illinois (October 1993)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Ethics at Baxter: A practical guide," Foundation for Leadership Quality and Ethics Practice Conference, New York (February 1992)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, CFO Forum, "Coping with spiraling healthcare costs:  How to manage for the future," Price Waterhouse. (December 1991)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Growing through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures," Organization Strategies for Business Growth, Conference Board, New York. (January 1990)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Organizational change and its impact on Human Resources,"  Business Week Magazine Human Resources 100 Conference, San Francisco. (May 1989)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Organization capability and the management of change," Research Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Information Systems, Boston. (April 1989)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Enhancing the Human Resource function's role as a strategic business partner," International Human Resource Conference, Monte Carlo, France. (November 1988)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Managing during change: New directions for HR executives," 24th Annual Conference, Hospital Association Society for Healthcare HR Administrators. (July 1988)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Quality equals meeting customer requirements," American Productivity Center Forum, Chicago. (April 1988)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Mergers and acquisitions:  The internal effects," Fall Conference, Employment Management Association, Chicago. (October 1987)
  • Rucci, A. J.  Invited address, "Utilizing incentive programs within the hospital environment," 34th Annual Congress, Association of Operating Room Nurses, Atlanta. (April 1987)