Lawrence W. Inks

Clinical Professor

Management & Human Resources


Larry Inks, PhD is Clinical Professor of Management and Human Resources in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  He teaches both undergraduate and graduate level classes in the areas of talent management, organization change and project management, organizational behavior and human resource management, staffing, and statistics and research methods.  He is actively involved in executive education programs and initiatives offered through the Fisher College of Business as well as external consulting and speaking. 

Prior to joining the faculty at the Fisher College, Dr. Inks had a very successful career in talent management leadership roles at PepsiCo, AlliedSignal/ Honeywell, and Cardinal Health.  Most recently, Dr. Inks was Vice President of Talent Management for Cardinal Health in Dublin, Ohio from 2001-2005.  His areas of responsibility (among others) included culture management, employee engagement, human resource planning/talent review, leadership development, performance management systems and organization change.  Prior to Cardinal Health, Dr. Inks worked with AlliedSignal as head of Organization and Leadership Development for their Polymers business.  He also worked for a number of years with PepsiCo in both talent management and human resource generalist roles.  In addition, he served on the faculty of the Management Department of the Barton School of Business at Wichita State University, teaching in areas of organization development, organization behavior, human resource management and business decision making and analysis.

Dr. Inks has a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Purdue University.  He has received a number of teaching and service awards while at The Ohio State University, including the Fisher Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Daniel Westerbeck Pace Setters Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, the Daniel Westerbeck Pace Setters Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence, the Bostic-Georges Pace Setter Award for Faculty Service, and Fisher’s awards for Graduate Teaching Excellence in Management and Human Resources.  He is a three-time recipient of recognition by members of the Sphinx/Mortar Board Senior Class honor society for the faculty/staff member having the greatest impact on the student’s educational experience while at OSU, and in 2015 received Ohio State University’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (the University’s highest recognition for teaching excellence).

 Areas of Expertise

  • Talent acquisition
  • Culture management and change
  • Employee engagement
  • Leadership
  • Talent development
  • Team effectiveness
  • Performance management
  • Human resource planning
  • Organization change and development

Areas of Expertise

Business Education
  • Executive Education
  • MBA/Management Education
  • Undergraduate Business Education
Human Resources Management
  • Employee Recruitment
  • Employee Retention
  • Motivation
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Performance Management
  • Personality Testing
  • Power and Influence
  • Selection Practices
  • Staffing
  • Training and Development


  • PhD, The Ohio State University
  • MA, The Ohio State University
  • BA, Purdue University


BUSMHR 3200 - Managing Individuals in Organizations: Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
Principles for managing the performance of individuals and groups in organizations; introduction to organizational behavior theory and its application to staffing, training, compensation, and appraisal. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200) and 2002.01 (201), or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 3100 (400) or 701. Not open to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp or PreBSBA-PR.
BUSMHR 7703 - Leadership, Talent Management, and Organizational Behavior in Health Sciences
Provides an overview of factors that influence individual and team performance and techniques to improve it with an emphasis on the businesses in the life sciences and healthcare for managerial decision making. Prereq: Enrollment in the Graduate Business Minor in Health Sciences.
BUSMHR 7308 - Organizational Development and Change
The primary focus for this course is the nature of change within organizations (of all types). Any discussion of organization change also benefits from at least some discussion of organization design and development. The course will examine the nature and implementation of organization change itself.
BUSMHR 4324 - Staffing: Concepts and Competencies for Acquiring Talent
Introduction to the scientific, legal, and administrative issues associated with the recruitment, hiring, and placement of individuals by organizations. Prereq: 2291 or 2292 (BusAdm 499.01); and 3200 (701), 4323 (653), and AcctMIS 2200 (211), 2300 (212), BusMgt 2320 (330), 2321 (331); or enrollment regional Business Management program. Not open to students with credit for 756.