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Schermerhorn, John

O'Bleness Professor of Management



PhD, Northwestern University, 1974. Organizational behavior
MBA (with distinction), New York University, 1967. Management and international business
BS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1965. Business administration

Research Interests:

Individual performance, organizational change and development, cross-cultural management, Asia and Southeast Asian business, international business ethics, innovation in higher education for business and management.

Recent Publications

Management. Schermerhorn and Daniel Bachrach (John Wiley & Sons: Thirteenth Edition, 2015). Available in Chinese, French, Greek, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Organizational Behavior. Mary Uhl-bien, Schermerhorn, and Richard N. Osborn (John Wiley & Sons: Thirteenth Edition, 2014). Available in Chinese, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.

Exploring Management. Schermerhorn (John Wiley & Sons: Fourth Edition, 2014).


Dr. John R. Schermerhorn, Jr. is the Charles G. O’Bleness Emeritus Professor of Management in the College of Business at Ohio University. He earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Northwestern
University, an MBA (with distinction) in management and international business from New York University, a BS in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pécs in Hungary. He previously taught at Tulane University, the University of Vermont, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Management and Associate Dean of the College of Business Administration.

Dr. Schermerhorn’s international experience includes serving as visiting professor of management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kohei Miura Visiting Professor at Chubu University in Japan, Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana, adjunct professor at the National University of Ireland at Galway, member of the graduate faculty at Bangkok University in Thailand, and advisor to the Lao-American College in Vientiane, Laos. He was on-site coordinator for two years at the Ohio University MBA and Executive MBA programs in Malaysia, and taught residencies for four years at the Ohio University MBA program in Bangalore, India. He teaches an MBA course at Universita Politecnicà Delle Marche in Italy, and an organization behavior Ph.D. seminar at Bangkok University and the University of Pécs. He has twice served as Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University.

A member of the Academy of Management, Dr. Schermerhorn was chairperson of the Management Education and Development Division. Management educators and students alike know him as author of Exploring Management 4e (Wiley, 2014), and co-author of Management 13e (Wiley, 2015) and Organizational Behavior 13e (Wiley, 2014). Dr. Schermerhorn has published articles in scholarly outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Organizational Dynamics, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, and the Journal of Management Education. He presently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Change Management and the Journal of Management Development.

Dr. Schermerhorn’s consultancies have focused on high performance leadership, leading organizational change and development, strategic leadership and organizational performance capacity, and inter-organizational cooperation. He has worked with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Petróleos de Venezuela, American Bankers Association, Corning Glass Works, New England Hospital Assembly, and Vietnam Training Center for Radio and Television, among other organizations. He is also a faculty fellow in the Executive Leadership Institute, Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Ohio University named Dr. Schermerhorn a University Professor, the university’s highest campus-wide honor for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is a popular guest speaker at colleges and universities and is available for guest lectures and classroom visits, as well as faculty workshops on high engagement instructional approaches, management curriculum innovations, and scholarly manuscript development and textbook writing. His latest projects include video-enhanced e-textbook development for flipped classroom environments.

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