Lifetime Achievement Awardee
Bruce J. Avolio
Dr. Avolio is the Mark Pigott Chair in Business Strategic Leadership within the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. In the Foster School, he also serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Leadership & Strategic Thinking. He is recognized as being among the top 70 most highly cited researchers in the United States in Economics and Business, and among the top 3,000 across all sciences around the globe (Thompson Reuters). He was listed recently at the #18th spot on the all-time most highly cited industrial and organizational psychology researchers over the last 100 years, and # 3 as the most highly cited author in the top OB textbooks used in both undergraduate and graduate programs. This past year Dr. Avolio was recognized as being in the top .02% of all of scientists globally for his research impact and citations by Stanford University.
Bruce has published 12 books and over 150 articles on leadership and areas related to development, transformation, and organizational change/effectiveness. In 2012, Bruce was identified as being in the top 25 management scholars over the last 50 years in terms of scholarly citations of his work, which now total nearly 200,000 in 2023. In 2017, Bruce was recognized as being among the top 70 most highly cited researchers in the United States in Economics and Business, and among the top 3,000 across all sciences around the globe (Thompson Reuters). This past year, he was listed in the #18 spot on the all-time most highly cited industrial and organizational psychology researchers over the last 100 years and the #19 spot on the Worldwide list of the top 50 scholars in Business and Management and within the top .02% by Stanford University in 2023.
Bruce has consulted with hundreds of organizations around the globe in Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, in the design and delivery of transformative leadership development systems. His research and consulting include projects with the militaries and governments of the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Singapore, Sweden, Finland, Israel, Germany, Japan, Korea, Austria, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.
In terms of other distinguished accomplishments, Bruce has been awarded fellowship status in the American Psychological Association, The Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, The National Academy of Management Association and The International Association of Applied Psychology. He has also served as the Chair of the Organizational Behavior Division of the National Academy of Management and the President of the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation.
Over his career, Dr. Avolio has received over 10 million dollars in external funding from the Army Research Institute, the U.S. Department of Education, NSF, NIH, the VA Healthcare System, the Kellogg Foundation, the Ludus Foundation, The Gallup Organization, the State Farm Foundation, Booze, Allen Hamilton, Alaska Airlines, National Correctional Services of both the U.S. and Canada, in addition to funding with corporate projects from around the globe.
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Keynote session with Barbara Kellerman at ILA Atlanta 2016
Keynote session with Barbara Kellerman at ILA West Palm Beach 2018