Ronald E. Fry

Ronald E. Fry, Ph.D.

Case Western Reserve University, Department of Organizational Behavior

Ron is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and former Chairman of the Department of Organizational Behavior, consistently ranked one of the best in the world by the Financial Times. He has been honored with the University Award for Outstanding Teacher in the Professional Schools and the Weatherhead School’s Lifetime Service Award. He received his MS and PhD from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after completing a BS in Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Ron has authored or co-authored 11 books and over 50 articles and chapters in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functioning of the CEO. He is a co-creator of the Appreciative Inquiry approach and continues to both apply and study the applications of AI in the field. His most recent books are Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity (Taos Publishing), with Frank Barrett, and Appreciative Team Building with Diana Whitney, Jay Cherney and Amanda Tristen-Bloom (iUniverse). He has also co-edited Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the field (Quorum) and the Handbook of Transformative Cooperation (Stanford University Press).

With Professor David Cooperrider, Ron has been co-editor of the Journal of Corporate Citizenship and has conducted the Weatherhead International Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry for Business and Society Benefit in Brazil, Belgium, India, Australia, Indonesia, France, Sweden, China, and the USA. Ron has facilitated and studied large scale, multi-stakeholder change processes in a variety of systems including General Electric, World Vision International, ArcelorMittal, Roadway Express, Akzonobel, Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Belgian Learning Network for Talent Development, FairmountSantrol (Covia), Swagelok, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Los Angeles Fire Department, Lowes Foods, SAB Miller Latin America, Trinidad Ministry of Justice, and the US Navy.