Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan


Dave Ulrich was voted the Most Influential Thinker of the Decade at HR Most Influential 2015. He studies how organisations build capabilities of leadership, speed, learning, accountability and talent through leveraging human resources. He has helped generate award-winning databases that assess alignment between strategies, organisation capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results.

Ulrich is Rensis Likert professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He is also a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organisations and leaders deliver value.

Ulrich has published over 175 articles and book chapters and 23 books. He edited Human Resource Management 1990-1999, served on the editorial board of four journals, on the board of directors for Herman Miller and board of trustees at Southern Virginia University and is a fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources. In 2014 honours included the Nobels Colloquia prize for leadership on business and economic thinking, life fellowship in Australia Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the number one most influential international thought leader in HR, by HR magazine and Kirk Englehardt exemplary business ethics award from Utah Valley University. Why of Work (co-authored with Wendy Ulrich) was the number one bestseller for Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

In 2009 Ulrich was listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader and he has also received a lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), an honorary doctorate from University of Abertay, Dundee, a Dyer distinguished alumni award from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management and has been named by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative and creative thinkers of 2005.

Ulrich has also been listed in Forbes as one of the ‘world’s top five’ business coaches and received the Pro Meritus Award from Employment Management Association for ‘outstanding contribution to the human resources field’

He has consulted and done research with over half of the Fortune 200 and has topped HR magazine's Most Influential list since it was launched in 2006.

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Recommended reading

Asian Leadership (2010, Robert Sutton), The Why of Work (2010, Wendy Ulrich), Leadership in Asia (2009), HR Transformation (2009 Justin Allen, Wayne Brockbank, Jon Younger, Mark Nyman), Leadership Code (2008 Norm Smallwood, Kate Sweetman), Companion for Strategic Human Resources (2008 John Storey, Pat Wright), HR Competencies (2008 Wayne Brockbank, Dani Johnson, Kurt Sandholtz, Jon Younger), Leadership Brand (2007 Norm Smallwood), Human Resource Value Proposition (2005 Wayne Brockbank), The Future of Human Resource Management (2005 Michael Losey, Sue Meisinger), Human Resources Business Process Outsourcing (2004, Ed Lawler, Jac Fitz-enz, James Madden). 100 Things You Need to Know (2003, Robert Eichinger, Michael Lombardo), Competences for the New HR (2002, Wayne Brockbank); Why the Bottom Line Isn’t (2003, Norm Smallwood), GE Workout (2002, Steve Kerr, Ron Ashkenas), HR Scorecard (2001, Brian Becker, Mark Huselid), Results Based Leadership (1999, Norm Smallwood, Jack Zenger), Learning Capability (1999, Arthur Yeung, Mary Ann Von Glinow, Steve Nason); Tomorrow's (HR) Management (1997, Gerry Lake, Mike Losey); Human Resource Champions (1997); The Boundaryless Organization (1995, Ron Ashkenas, Steve Kerr, Todd Jick); The Boundaryless Organization Field Guide (2002, Ron Ashkenas, Todd Jick, Katy Paul-Chowdhury); Organizational Capability (1990, Dale Lake)