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  • Carole K. Barnett, Ph.D. -- Associate Professor of Management -- B.A., M.A., and Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Dr. Barnett teaches, conducts research, and consults in the areas of organizational leadership and learning, change and transformation, design and development, and culture. She has worked with numerous senior executives and managers to develop their organizational capability for transformative, generative leadership and change. She has published academic and practitioner oriented journal articles as well as cases based on her research of Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Navistar International Corporation, GE Lighting, GE Capital, GE Medical Systems, GE Plastics, GE’s R&D Labs’ organic growth strategies, ValuJet Airlines self-destruction, Polaris Industries’ growth and development, leadership development “at all levels” in BAE Systems Inc., among others.

    Her central research interest is learning as a change process -- in and across individuals, groups, organizations, industries, and nations. She has studied the complex relationships between individual and organizational learning through the dynamics of leadership, small groups, and teams as well as through large scale organizational adaptation and transformation. Her research emphasizes institutional culture as an artifact as well as a mechanism of learning, and she has studied change occurring through mergers and acquisitions, crisis and failure, technology development and commercialization, quality improvement, and safety systems in organizations.

    Dr. Barnett has received numerous awards for teaching excellence including: the University of New Hampshire 's highest recognition, the "Jean Brierley Award 2004-05" as well as the Business School’s MBA Classes of 1999, 2003, and 2008 Outstanding Teacher Award; and most recently, the Paul College's Executive MBA Class of 2015 recognized her with "The Above and Beyond Award" on April 17, 2015. Dr. Barnett also received the 1999 school wide "Teaching Excellence Award" in the Whittemore School of Business and Economics (renamed as the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics), and for three years from 2001-2003 she held the University of New Hampshire's endowed "Class of 1938 Professorship" in recognition of her exceptional teaching capabilities.

    She is a member of a number of professional societies including the Academy of Management, the Association for Psychological Science, the American Sociological Association, and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. She served from 2001-2003 as Treasurer and Secretary of the Academy of Management's "Management, Spirituality, and Religion Interest Group." She is a member of the editorial boards of Emerald's Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Wiley's Human Resource Management journal and Sage Publications' UK journal, Management Learning (2005- 2011). She also has served as a reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Relations, Journal of Business & Economic Studies, Journal of Management Education, Organization Science, Organization Studies, and Qualitative Sociology.

    Dr. Barnett can be reached at: carole.barnett@unh.edu
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2009 Reinventing program designLeadership and Organization Development Journal.  30:16-35. 2009
    2000 Learning to Learn about Spirituality: A Categorical Approach to Introducing the Topic into Management CoursesJournal of Management Education.  24:562-579. 2000
    2000 From threat-rigidity to flexibility - Toward a learning model of autogenic crisis in organizationsJournal of Organizational Change Management.  13:74-88. 2000
    2000 Rapid-cycle CEO development: How new leaders learn to take chargeOrganizational Dynamics.  29:16-32. 2000
    1997 Emotions and unlearning in Amway recruiting techniques - Promoting change through 'safe' ambivalenceManagement Learning.  28:65-88. 1997
    1992 ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIP - PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORKPLACE - BAUM,HSContemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books.  37:586-587. 1992
    1990 Restructuring for self-renewal: Navistar International CorporationAcademy of Management Executive Academy of Management Perspectives.  4:36-49. 1990
    1990 THE MICHIGAN GLOBAL AGENDA - RESEARCH AND TEACHING IN THE 1990SHuman Resource Management.  29:5-26. 1990
    1988 SELECTING THE HEAD OF HR - A ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSIONHuman Resource Management.  27:413-431. 1988
    1987 Men and Women of the Corporation Revisited: Interview with Rosabeth Moss KanterHuman Resource Management.  26:257-263. 1987
    1987 WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT - PROLOGUEHuman Resource Management.  26:147-152. 1987
    1985 PROFILES IN CHANGE - REVITALIZING THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRYHuman Resource Management.  24:467-502. 1985


    Year Title
    2001 Understanding Diversity in the Multi-Cultural Organization 2001
    2000 Developing the Leader's Teachable Point of View 2000

    Teaching Activities

  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2018
  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2018
  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2018
  • Social Power Leadrship 21 Cent Taught course 2018
  • Behavior in Organizations Taught course 2017
  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2017
  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2017
  • Orgs, Leadrshp, & Environments Taught course 2017
  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2016
  • Social Power Leadrship 21 Cent Taught course 2016
  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2016
  • Orgs, Leadrshp, & Environments Taught course 2016
  • Organizatn Structure & Environ Taught course 2015
  • Organizationl Leadrshp & Struc Taught course 2014
  • Organizatn Structure & Environ Taught course 2014
  • Social Power Leadrship 21 Cent Taught course 2014
  • Orgs, Leadrshp, & Environments Taught course 2014
  • Orgs, Leadrshp, & Environments Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Michigan
  • Full Name

  • Carole Barnett