Boston College/PhD, Johns Hopkins University/BA
I believe in the power of merging scholarship and practice. My career has been one of seeking theories, research, and practical techniques to help us break out of conventional mindsets. I've done this as professor, executive, entrepreneur, and consultant. In my keynotes, workshops, and customized leadership training sessions, I work to blend insights from all those roles.
Dr. Austin is the P.D. Merrill Endowed Chair of the Business Department at The University of New England. He maintains a private practice as an executive development consultant. He is an experienced facilitator and an award-winning teacher who has worked with practicing executives on six continents.
Prior to joining the faculty at The University of New England, he was a faculty member at Fielding Graduate University, Penn State University and The University of Washington. He has taught executives in programs at Duke CE, The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of International Management, The University of North Carolina, and Penn State University.
Privately, he has worked with numerous global Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and professional associations. There, he develops leaders and leads long-term projects in the areas of change management, scenario planning, team performance, strategic decision-making, and strategy execution. A wide experience with individuals at all levels of organizations enables him to translate broad strategies and concepts into actionable, engaging programs.He is a frequent conference speaker.
Dr. Austin holds a BA in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in management from Boston College. He has conducted research on team leadership, organizational change implementation, and strategic decision-making. His research on knowledge-based decision-making teams is widely cited in the academic literature, as is his work on the strategic actions of internal change agents.
Dr. Austin's research has been published in leading management and applied psychology journals including Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organization Science, as well as practice-oriented publications such as HR Magazine and The OD Practitioner. His work has been recognized with three Best Paper awards from the Academy of Management.
He is the author of Leading Effective Change: A Primer for the HR Professional published as part of the SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines Series (2015). His book, Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap, was published in fall 2015.
American Health Information Management Association
Aresty Institute of Executive Education
Bank of America
Booz Allen Hamilton
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
The Honor Foundation
Institute for Management Studies
Johnson & Johnson
Lee Hecht Harrison
MFS Investment Management
Navy Federal Credit Union
New York Life
Professional Convention Management Assn.
Royal Bank of Scotland
Sandia National Laboratory
Society for Human Resource Management
United States Federal Reserve System
United States Army
United States Navy
University of Pennsylvania
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
West Penn Allegheny Health System
Articles, Book Chapters, & Reports
Austin, J.R. 2017. Jean Bartunek and the power of working across boundaries: Dualities and the missing voice. In Szabla, D., Pasmore, B., & Barnes, M., The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers, Palgrave Macmillan
Austin, J. 2015. Leading Effective Change: A Primer for the HR Professional. A report for the SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines series, SHRM Foundation: Alexandria, VA.
Austin, J.R. 2013. Making knowledge actionable: Three key translation moments. Journal of Organization Design, 2(3): 29-37.
Austin, J. R., & Bartunek, J. M. 2012. Organization Change and Development: In practice and in theory. In The Handbook of Psychology: Volume 12 Industrial and Organizational Psychology, (pp 390-411), New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Austin, J.R. 2009. Initiating controversial strategic change in organizations. OD Practitioner, 41(3): 24-29.
Austin, J.R. 2009. Mapping out a game plan for change. HR Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management.
Bartunek, J.M., Austin, J.R., & Seo, M. 2008. The conceptual underpinnings of intervening in organizations. In T.G. Cummings (Ed.) Handbook of Organization Development, (pp 151-166) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Austin, J. R., & Bartunek, J. M. 2003. Theories and practices of organization development. In W. Borman, D. Ilgen, & R. Klimoski, Ed., The Handbook of Psychology: Volume 12 Industrial and Organizational Psychology, (pp 309-332), New York, NY: John Wiley &Sons.
*Reprinted in Organization Development: A Jossey-Bass Reader, J. V. Gallos (Ed.), 2006.
Austin, J. R. 2003. Transactive memory in organizational groups: The effects of content, consensus, specialization, and accuracy on group performance. Journal of Applied Psychology, 88(5): 866-878.
Austin, J. R. 2002. Measuring cross-functional team expertise at Outdoor Living Company. In Stroh, L.K., Northcraft, G.B., & Neale, M.A. (Eds.) Organizational Behavior: A Management Challenge, (p. 169), Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc: Mahwah, NJ.
Creed, W. E. D., Scully, M., & Austin, J. R. 2002. Clothes make the person? The tailoring of legitimating accounts and the social construction of identity. Organization Science, 13(5): 475-496.
Austin, J. R. 1997. A method for facilitating controversial social change in organizations: Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 33(1): 101-118.
Austin, J. R. 1997. A cognitive framework for understanding demographic influences in groups. The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 5(4): 342-359.
Austin, J. 2015. Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap, Fisher Baldwin Press
Reviews of Unquestioned Brilliance
Techniques for Re-Framing Issues to Improve Decisions, at Leading Business Books (5 star review)
Selected Online Articles