Dave Ulrich – Rensis Likert Professor of Business, University of Michigan Co-founder

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and a partner at The RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He studies how organizations 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, organization capabilities, HR practices, HR competencies, and customer and investor results.

Dave has published over 200 articles and book chapters and over 25 books. He edited Human Resource Management 1990-1999, served on editorial board of 4 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.

Publication Highlights

Leadership Capital Index, Barrett Kohler, Coming October 2015
Rise of HR, HRCI, April 2015
Leadership Sustainability, McGraw Hill, April 2013
HR From the Outside-In, McGraw Hill, July 2012
The Why of Work, McGraw Hill, May 2010
The Leadership Code, Harvard Business Review Press, December 2008
Leadership Brand, Harvard Business Review Press, August 2007

Dave Ulrich model of HR roles

Recent Honors

2014: Ranked #1 speaker in Management/Business by Speaking.com
2014: Commencement speaker, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
2013: Lifetime Leadership Award from the Leadership Forum at Silver Bay
2013: Listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader
2012: Lifetime Achievement Award from HR Magazine for being the “father of modern HR”
2011: Ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine
2011: Listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader
2011: Ranked in Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Leadership Behavior
2010: Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking
2010: Life Fellowship in Australia Human Resources Institute (AHRI)
2010: Ranked #1 most influential international thought leader in HR by HR Magazine
2010: Kirk Englehardt Exemplary Business Ethics Award from Utah Valley University
2010: Why of Work (co-authored with Wendy Ulrich) was #1 best seller for Wall Street Journal and USA Today
2009: Listed in Thinkers 50 as a management thought leader
2009: Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine
2008: Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine
2007: Lifetime Achievement Award from American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)
2007: Honorary Doctorate from University of Abertey, at Dundee Scotland
2006: Ranked #1 most influential person in HR by HR Magazine in vote by influential HR thinkers
2006: Dyer Distinguished Alumni Award from Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management
2005: Ranked #2 management guru by Executive Excellence
2005: Named by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative and creative thinkers
2002-2005: President, Canada Montreal Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2001: Ranked #1 management educator and guru by Business Week
2000: Lifetime achievement award from World Federation of Personnel Management
2000: Listed in Forbes as one of the “world’s top five” business coaches
1998: Society for Human Resource Management award for Professional Excellence for lifetime contributions
1998: Lifetime achievement (PRO) award from International Association of Corporate and Professional Recruitment, and Employment Management Association
1997: Warner W. Stockberger Lifetime Achievement Award from International Personnel Management Association