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Dave Ulrich


Dave has published over 30 books on leadership, organization, and human resources. These ideas have shaped these how people and organizations value to customers, investors, and communities. He consulted and done research with over half of the Fortune 200 and worked in over 80 countries.  He has received numerous public recognitions and lifetime awards for his work. 

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value.  He has published over 200 articles and book chapters and over 30 books. He edited Human Resource Management 1990-1999, served on editorial board of 4 Journals, on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller (16 years) and on the Board of Trustees at Southern Virginia University.  He has spoken to large audiences in 90 countries, delivered workshops for over half of the Fortune 200, coached successful business leaders, and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources. He is known for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions, and creating real value to those he works with in three fields:

Organization.  With co-authors, he has influenced thinking about organizations (Reinventing the Organization) by empirically showing how organization delivers 4 times business results over talent (Victory Through Organization), defined organizations as bundles of capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities of talent management (Why of Work; Talent Accelerator), culture change (GE Workout), learning (Learning Organization Capability), and collaboration (Boundaryless Organization). 

Leadership. With colleagues, he has also articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code and Results Based Leadership), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), shown how leadership delivers market value (Why the Bottom Line Isn’t), shaped investor expectations and ability to measure leadership (Leadership Capital Index), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability). 

Human Resources. He and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession and he has been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In).  He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) distributed to over 1,500,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights.

Honors include:


Named one of the 100 most influencers in HR (in leadership & development category)

Named one of the top 20 influential HR leaders


Named one of the 20 most influential business professors in the world by top-business-degree (#13)


Named to the Thinkers50 “Hall of Fame”, a recognition of lifetime achievement in influencing management

Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand


Presidential lecture In Defense of Organization for Utah Valley University


Named the most “influential HR thinker of the decade”

Listed in Thinkers50 as management thought leader


Ranked #1 speaker in Management/Business by Speaking.com

Commencement speaker, University of Michigan Ross School of Business


Lifetime Leadership Award from the Leadership Forum at Silver Bay

Listed in Thinkers50 as a management thought leader


Lifetime Achievement Award from HR Magazine for being the father of modern human resources


Ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine

Listed in Thinkers50 as a management thought leader

Ranked in Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Leadership Behavior


Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking

Lifetime Fellowship in Australia Human Resources Institute (AHRI)

Ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine

Kirk Englehardt Exemplary Business Ethics Award from Utah Valley University

Why of Work (co-authored with Wendy Ulrich) was #1 best seller for Wall Street Journal and USA Today


Listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader

Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine


Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine


Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)

Honorary Doctorate from University of Abertey, at Dundee Scotland


Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine in vote by influential HR thinkers

Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management


Ranked #2 management guru by Executive Excellence

Named by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative and creative thinkers of 2005

President, Canada Montreal Mission, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


Ranked #1 management educator and guru by Business Week


Lifetime achievement award from World Federation of Personnel Management

Listed in Forbes as one of the world’s top five business coaches


Society for Human Resource Management award for Professional Excellence for lifetime contributions

Lifetime achievement (PRO) award from International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment, and Employment Management Association


Warner W. Stockberger Lifetime Achievement Award from International Personnel Management Association

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