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How to be a Leader in Crisis - Lynn Wooten

Biography

Stephen M. Ross School of Business
Clinical Professor of Strategy, Management & Organizations

Research

Lynn Perry Wooten is Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Excellence and Clinical Professor of Strategy, Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In her role as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs at the Ross School of Business, she is responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for Ross undergraduate students inside and outside of the classroom through curricular initiatives, academic advising, student life activities, and leadership development. Prior to this role, she was the Co-Director of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the Ross School of Business.

Lynn’s current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices, and crisis leadership, and her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Dynamics. She has also written a book on crisis leadership, Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health, Society of Human Resource Management, and Ford Foundation. Through her applied research projects, she has worked with many organizations including Whirlpool, Google, General Motors, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Executive Leadership Institute, Trinity Health, Michigan Department of State, and General Dynamics. Also, Lynn is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Council of Michigan Foundations.

 

Lynn is an alumna of the University of Michigan (PhD). She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Lynn Wooten is an active member in a number of national volunteer leadership organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League and The Links Inc.

Executive Leadership

Professor Wooten's research studies how organizations utilize human resource management policies to attain a competitive advantage. Her research projects focus on sources of competitive advantages in organizations and how firms strategically adapt to changes in their labor markets. In addition, she studies strategic-consequences of employee-centered crises and the effectiveness of diversity-management programs in organizations. Her research on the effectiveness of workforce diversity initiatives incorporates a broad perspective to include work-life balance programs, gender and race issues, generational clashes at work and disabled employees. The industrial context for her research projects includes retailing, health services, and knowledge-intensive firms. Professor Wooten's research on executive development and diversity has won awards from the Academy of Management and the McKinsey consulting firm. Her research has been featured in newspapers, industry trade journals and radio shows. She recently received grants from Executive Leadership Council and the National Institute of Health to study diversity and strategic human resource management issues.

In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities at the Michigan Business School, Professor Wooten served on the Work/Life Executive Board of the American Institute Certified Public Accounting. She consults with non-profits organizations, hospitals and professional service firms.  Lynn Wooten is an active member in a number of national volunteer leadership organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League and The Links Inc.

Her husband Professor David Wooten is a faculty member in the marketing department at Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  They have two children.

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Books

Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion AuthorsLaura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Perry Wooten & Martin Davidson Published Date10/2015 Source Publisher Routledge/Taylor & Francis 1848725760

Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis AuthorsLynn Wooten, Erika James Published Date2010 Source Routledge Academic Press

Diversity Management as a Generative Strategic Process: When the Business Case Meets Positive Organizational Scholarship AuthorsLynn Perry Wooten, Kelle Parsons, Robby Griswold, and Skot Welch Published Date10/2015 Source Routledge Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity-Building and Inclusion Laura Morgan Roberts, Lynn Perry Wooten & Martin Davidson

Create Opportunity from Crisis AuthorsLynn Perry Wooten and Erika Hayes James Published Date2014 Source Berret-Koehler Pages: 147-157 How to be a Positive Leader: Insights for Leading Thinkers on Positive Organizations Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer

Generative Change in Health Care Organizations: From inertia to action in reducing patient disparities AuthorsLynn Wooten, Valeria Myers Published Date2012 Source Routledge Academic Press Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation Karen Golden-Biddle, Jane Dutton

Orientations of Positive Leadership in Times of Crisis AuthorsLynn Wooten, Erika James Published Date2011 Source Oxford University Press Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship Kim Cameron, Gretchen Spreitzer

Positive Strategy: Creating Strengths-based Strategy that SOAR AuthorsLynn Wooten, J. Stavros Published Date2011 Source Oxford University Press Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship Kim Cameron, Gretchen Spreitzer

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