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What does James Dowd bring to the table?

James J. Dowd is Senior Fellow within Executive Education at Harvard photo of James J. Dowd Business School. From 1994 to 2004 he was Professor of Organizational Behavior at IMD, a leading institute for executive education located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

For five years he was a member of IMD’s Management Committee with responsibility for the portfolio of custom-designed partnership programs. From 1994 to 1999 he directed the open enrollment program Mobilizing People, focusing on leadership and teamwork. He was faculty Program Director for IMD’s custom programs with Bertelsmann, Hoffman-LaRoche, Julius Bär, and RWE, among other clients. His research and teaching interests focus on leadership, organizational values, and individual commitment to organizations.

He has acted as consultant to several international companies in the areas of organizational change and development, executive coaching and development, and team-building at senior management levels. He has designed and directed several executive programs at IMD addressing the behavioral implications of major strategic and cultural change programs.

Professor Dowd has jointly developed and delivered several such programs in collaboration with other major business schools, including Columbia University, Northwestern University, and Ashridge Management College.

Before joining IMD in 1994, Jim Dowd was a member of the faculty at the University of Virginia, teaching management and organizational behavior courses at both the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He received several university-wide teaching awards at Virginia, and he was similarly recognized for outstanding teaching as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard College. He is the author of several case studies and co-authored the 1993 book Vision, Values and Courage: Leadership for Quality Management, with Neil H. Snyder and Dianne Morse Houghton.

His most recent work focuses on the development and implementation of corporate values statements, and on the development of leadership competencies for competitive advantage.

In 1994, Professor Dowd was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Organizational Behaviour Teaching Society.  He is also a member of the Academy of Management.

Jim Dowd earned an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature and Language at Harvard College. He later earned an MBA and a Doctorate of Business Administration degree at Harvard Business School, specializing in organizational behavior.

The Oxford Company and Jim Dowd provide the most deliberate and active-driven programs needed by the organizations of tomorrow.

“Change is as inevitable in organizations as it is with our seas. The dynamics of change are ever present, even when hidden from view as life is below the surface of the water. Leadership that calm the waters create environments adaptable to change.”


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