Joseph A. Alutto

Distinguished Professor, Emeritus


Joseph A. Alutto is a distinguished professor of organizational behavior at the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  Prior to that, he served as interim president of The Ohio State University from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, the second time he has served in that capacity.  He previously served as interim president of the university from July 1, 2007, until September 30, 2007.

From October 11, 2007, to June 30, 2013, Dr. Alutto served as the university’s executive vice president and provost, then stepped down to assume service as interim president until a permanent successor was named.  As executive vice president and provost, Dr. Alutto was the chief officer for all academic functions of the university, including coordinating all budgeting expenditures as chair of the university’s Integrated Financial Planning Committee. He is the second-longest serving provost in the history of the university.

Prior to these earlier appointments, Dr. Alutto was dean of Ohio State’s Max M. Fisher College of Business for 16 years.  He was named the John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business, on September 1, 1999.  During his time as Dean of Fisher, Dr. Alutto led the design, fund raising and construction of the college's six building campus, as well as its graduate housing facilities. He also oversaw increases in rankings of undergraduate and graduate college programs, expansion of international programs and growth in executive education activities. Before coming to Ohio State as dean, Dr. Alutto was the Clarence S. Marsh Professor of Management at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he focused his research on Sino-U.S. joint ventures and the relationships between improvement processes and corporate performance.  He also served as dean of the SUNY-Buffalo School of Management from 1976 to 1990.  Dr. Alutto received his bachelor's degree in business administration from Manhattan College, a master's degree in industrial relations from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University.

Effective July 1, 1998, Dr. Alutto was named executive dean for the professional colleges at The Ohio State University.  While continuing to serve as dean of the Fisher College, as executive dean, Dr. Alutto coordinated the activities of the Colleges of Engineering; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Education and Human Ecology; Law; and Social Work and represented the interests of those colleges in university-wide decision-making bodies.

In addition to his experience as an administrator, Dr. Alutto is a leading authority on managerial behavior, having coauthored a book on research methods in organizational research and published more than 65 articles in academic journals such as Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management JournalJournal of Applied Psychology, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review.  He has lectured widely in China on management issues and was part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and People’s Republic of China State Economic Commission’s National Center for Science and Technology Management Development.  He pioneered the first Sino-U.S. jointly funded MBA program offered in the People's Republic of China in 1984.  Dr. Alutto was appointed as advisor to the First Session of Council for the Dalian Behavioral Sciences Association, has been the first international dean for the Dalian University School of Business, served as a visiting professor at the College of Management, Zheijang University, and lectured at universities throughout China.  He has been a visible and active advocate for advanced management education and research in China.

Dr. Alutto has served as a consultant to banks, manufacturing firms, aerospace companies, health care agencies, and educational institutions.  He currently serves on a number of corporate and public boards, including Columbia Gas of Ohio; Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority; M/I Homes; and The Children’s Place. He also serves on the national arbitrator lists of American Arbitration Association and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services and has served in leadership capacities for a wide variety of voluntary organizations.  He is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Labor and Employment Relations Association, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He was president of the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business-The International Association for Management Education from October 1996 to June 1998.

Areas of Expertise

  • Managerial Behavior
  • Chinese – U.S. Management Issues
  • Leadership in Higher Education
  • Leadership Dynamics
  • Organizational Structure

Areas of Expertise

Business Education
  • Executive Education
  • MBA/Management Education
  • Undergraduate Business Education
Ethics and Leadership
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership
Human Resources Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiations
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Training and Development
  • China
  • Global Strategy
Public Policy
Sustainability/Corporate Responsibility


  • 1962 BBA Manhattan College - Business Administration
  • 1965 MA University of Illinois - Industrial Relations
  • 1968 PhD Cornell University - Organizational Behavior