Leadership and General Management
Leaders are rarely, if ever, born, and leadership is not a one-time event. It exists as a continuum in time, and its development is a process that takes time. At Fisher, we are dedicated to creating future global leaders that take advantage of and fulfill opportunities by honorable means.
We nurture these future leaders through our rich academic curriculum and leadership opportunities in the Fisher program, professional organizations and corporations, and the community at large. Known as advanced and innovative in their fields, with significant contributions to research and the development of leadership theory and practices, Fisher faculty set the standard of excellence in training future leaders who have outstanding personal and professional values, as well as well-defined ethical principles.
Roy J. Lewicki
The Irving Abramowitz Memorial Professor Emeritus, Roy J. Lewicki, has been awarded various outstanding teaching awards and is a leading scholar in negotiation, conflict resolution, ethical decision-making, trust, and management and executive leadership.
Dr. Lewicki consults with leading corporations, including Limited Brands, Siemens, and Cardinal Health, and is founding editor of the Academy of Management Learning and Education. He recently won a Best Book Award as co-author of Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts.
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Professor Roy Lewicki teaches the outstanding "Managerial Negotiations" course, in which Fisher MBAs advance their bargaining and negotiation skills and sharpen their conflict resolution skills at the same time. His "Leadership, Values and Decision Making " elective is also very popular. Students hone their leadership skills, while learning to integrate personal and organizational values and integrity.
Dr. Lewicki holds a number of awards, including the Academy of Management's Distinguished Educator Award for 2005. Prior to joining Fisher, Lewicki taught at top business schools Yale, Duke, and Dartmouth.
Professor Lewicki is currently working on several books, book chapters, and research papers in the areas of trust, negotiation, and conflict management. He was founding editor of the Academy of Management Learning and Education. He regularly presents his research in various forums, including at the Academy of Management and the International Association of Conflict Management. He is the author of the three leading textbooks in negotiation: Negotiation, Negotiation: Readings, Exercises, and Cases and Essentials of Negotiation.
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Professor Anthony Rucci joined Fisher College of Business after a 25-year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 500 companies: Baxter International, Sears Roebuck and Co., and Cardinal Health. His roles have included global responsibility for corporate strategy and business development and legal and investor relations, among other leadership positions.
He has managed corporate strategy, investor relations, government affairs, corporate branding, procurement, human resources, ethics, security, real estate, and aviation at a global level. In addition, Rucci has been chairman of the board of Sears de Mexico and dean of the business college at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Bowling Green State University
Professor Rucci teaches both leadership and professional development core courses for the MBA program as well as an elective course in leadership effectiveness. For the core courses, "Leadership and Team Effectiveness" and "Building Your Leadership Legacy," Rucci helps students explore and identify strategies and actions that enable them to be more effective leaders in organizations throughout their careers.
Rucci’s elective course, "Advanced Topics in Leadership Effectiveness: Strategy Implementation and Execution," focuses on strategy development, implementation and execution from the leader’s perspective. The course focuses on what it takes to ensure organizational alignment, implementation and execution of strategic priorities.
Rucci has been published in many journals including the Harvard Business Review and FORTUNE magazine, he has frequently been interviewed and cited by major media outlets, including Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He is also an editorial board member for several professional journals and a frequently sought speaker, in addition he has received numerous professional recognitions and awards.
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Steffanie L. Wilk
Strategic human resources management
Professor Steffanie Wilk teaches the "Strategic Management of Human Assets" elective, which is well received by Fisher MBAs. Our students find the course, which is case-oriented, highly interactive; it is an excellent opportunity to learn how to think strategically about human assets within the organization, drawing on Dr. Wilk’s specialized expertise in human resources and organizational behavior.
Before joining Fisher, Dr. Wilk taught at the Wharton School of Business for 11 years.
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University of Minnesota
Professor Wilk's course is not a typical human resources management class that teaches how to manage an HR department. With its unique design, her class attracts MBAs who want to gain insight into effective strategic employment and deployment of human assets, or resources, in organizations. In this class, MBAs learn how to manage these assets to improve strategic implementation in a firm. Before joining Fisher, Dr. Wilk taught at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; in fact, she is the first female recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from Wharton.
Besides her recognized teaching and research, Professor Wilk also consults with progressive companies from various industries, particularly on the subject of call center management.
Professor Wilk’s research interests include the relationship between employee burnout and turnover, emotional labor of service workers, and the relationship between human resource practices and organizational strategy.
Dr. Wilk's current research examines the mechanisms that influence individual performance in organizations, including social network ties, “Building Bridges: Boundary Management Preferences, Social Networks, and Performance”, emotional states, “Waking up on the wrong side of the desk: Sources and consequences of employee affective reactions on work performance”, and work design, “Working harder or hardly working? Motivation gains and losses in organizational workgroups”.
Besides presenting her research findings in various top-tier platforms, such as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the, Academy of Management Meetings, she is also on the editorial boards of prestigious business journals, including the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology.
Getting to know Professor Wilk
What books are you reading right now?
I just finished “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” by Jennifer Egan which just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Since I don’t have much time for fiction, I try to read acclaimed works such as the Pulitzer and Booker Prize winners. While I don’t always agree with the award committee’s assessment, this time I did. I am currently reading “The India Way” by Peter Cappelli.
What do you enjoy most about working at Fisher?
I love my colleagues and the students. There is a great mix of intellectual curiosity and collegiality which fosters a wonderful environment for learning.
What is your favorite thing to do or place to go in Columbus?
Anything involving food…the dessert boutique Pistacia Vera is always a favorite and I have been enjoying one of the city's newest restaurants Skillet lately. But coming from Philadelphia, Columbus needs more food trucks!
What is your favorite travel destination?
I enjoy visiting national parks and hiking with my family. I recently returned from a trip to Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon in Utah.
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