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Frank J. Barrett
Mail Code: GB/Br
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2328
Email: FBarrett (at)
PhD - Case Western, 1990
Organizational Behavior
MA - University of Notre Dame, 1977
English with Minor in Music
BS - University of Notre Dame, 1975
Government and International Relations
  • 2006 - Present: Professor of Management
  • 2004 - 2008: Area Chair of Management Group
  • 1996 - 2006: Associate Professor of Management
  • 2008 2010: Visiting Scholar, Harvard Business School and Harvard Program on Negotiations
  • 2002 2003: Boer and Croon Chair of Change Management, TIAS Business School, Tilburg University
  • 1999: Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Economics, Katholieke University of Leuven
  • 1997 Present: Adjunct Professor, Benedictine University
  • 1989 1990: Instructor of Management, Penn State University, Behrend College
  • 1989 1990: Senior Researcher, Social Innovations in Global Management, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1988 1989: Instructor of Organizational Behavior, Case Western University
  • 1984 Present: Consultant to various organizations in area of vision planning, team building, strategic planning, organizational restructuring, and conflict management
  • 1983 1987: Faculty Assistant, Case Western Reserve University
  • 1977 1982: Instructor of English, Cuyahoga Community College
  • 1981 1983: Director of Budgetary Analysis, Cuyahoga County
  • 1980: Pianist with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under direction of Buddy Morrow
  • 1978 1979: Budget Analyst, Cuyahoga County
  • Organizational Change
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Organizational Design
  • Leadership and Complexity
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Organizational Change
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Organizational Discourse
  • Best Paper Award 2003 Academy of Management, Division of Organizational Development and Change (co-authored with Mary Jo Hatch)
  • Best Paper Award 1988 Academy of Management, Division of Organizational Development and Change (co-authored with David Cooperrider)
  • Graduated Cum Laude from Univ. of Notre Dame, 1975
  • Winner of Notre Dame Club of Cleveland Scholarship Award 1972-1975
  • Awarded full fellowship graduate study in English at Univ. Notre Dame
  • 1993 Present: Member of Managerial and Organizational Cognition Interest Group, National Academy of Management
  • 2002 2007: Executive Committee of Division of Organizational Development and Change, National Academy of Management
  • 1988 Present: Member Academy of Management Division of Organizational Development and Change
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS: (View an extended list)
  • Books
    • Barrett, F. (2012) Yes to the Mess: Surprising Lessons from Jazz Improvisation for Leading in a Complex World. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. (Has been translated into Portugese, Italian, and French).
    • Barrett, F and R. Fry. (2005). Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity. Taos, New Mexico: Taos Institute Press.
  • Edited Books
    • Fry, R; F. J. Barrett; J. Seiling, and D. Whitney (eds). Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation. Vermont: Greenwood Books, 2002.
    • Whitehead, S. and F. J. Barrett (eds). The Masculinities Reader. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2001.
  • Chapters in books
    • Bernstein, E. and F. J. Barrett. 2011. "Strategic Change and the Jazz Mindset: Exploring Practices that Enhance Dynamic Capabilities for Organizational Improvisation." Research in Organizational Change and Development, Vol. 19, 55-90
    • Barrett, F. J; N. Powley; and B. Pearce. 2011. "Hermeneutics and Organizational Theory." In Tsoukas, H. and R. Chia (eds). Research in the Sociology of Organizations. Vol. 32, 181-213.
    • Barrett, F. J. (2010). "Cultivating an Attunement to Unfolding: Improvisation and the Discovery of Identity." In Santi, M (ed). Improvisation: Between Technique and Spontaneity.
    • Romme, S. and F. Barrett. 2010. "Toward High Involvement Strategy Formation: Conversations and Decisions That Matter." Journal of Corporate Citizenship. Vol 38, 93-106.
  • Keywords: Organizational change, Qualitative Research Methods, Organizational Design, Leaderships and Complexity, Innovation, Creativity, Collaboration

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