Owen Graduate School of Management


Tim Vogus on Improving Hospital Safety
Safety Management Systems: The Role of a Safety Culture; Closing Remarks


Owen Graduate School of Management
Faculty Director, Leadership Development Program

Subject Areas

Health Care, Organization Studies


Nationally recognized for his teaching abilities and his research on making health care delivery safer (or reducing medical error), Tim Vogus teaches classes in negotiation and leadership that are among the most popular at Owen.

Awards & Accomplishments

Professor Vogus was named one of the 50 most influential business professors of 2013 and earlier named one of the Top 40 Business School Professors under 40 by in 2011. He was the recipient of the Owen Graduate School of Management Research Productivity Award in 2013. His teaching has been recognized with the James A. Webb Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and 2013; he was a finalist for the Webb award on 10 other occasions. He previously taught Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan''s Ross School of Business, and in 2002-2003, he received the Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.


Professor Vogus is the Faculty Director of the Leadership Development Program and the Deputy Director of the Center for Autism and Innovation. He serves on the editorial board of Health Care Management Review and is currently Program Chair for the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a founding and continuing member of the Blue Ribbon Panel that developed Leapfrog Group''s Hospital Safety Score and was a member National Academy of Science/National Research Council panel on Strengthening Safety Culture in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.


Professor Vogus’ research has been published or is forthcoming in an array of top health services (Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review), industrial relations (ILR Review), management (Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Review, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior), medical (American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine), nursing (Journal of Nursing Administration), and social work (Children and Youth Services Review) journals. With Ariel Avgar, he co-edited The Evolving Healthcare Landscape: How Employees, Organizations, and Institutions Adapt and Innovate for Cornell University/ILR Press. He also has a book under contract from Stanford University Press titled First, Do No Harm: Creating Highly Reliable Health Care Organizations.


Professor Vogus teaches Leading Teams and Organizations within the MBA core curriculum, as well as an elective MBA course on Negotiation.

Research Interests

Professor Vogus'' research specifies how create and sustain highly reliable (i.e., nearly error-free) performance by strengthening safety culture and habituating mindful organizing – a set of behaviors by which collectives detect and correct errors and unexpected events. He is especially interested in these dynamics in health care settings and their effects on care quality, the incidence of medical error, patient experience, and frontline caregiver outcomes.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004

B.A., Michigan State University, 1995

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