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Richard Axelrod

Senior Adjunct Professorial Lecture
Department of Public Administration and Policy

  • Dick Axelrod is among the world’s top OD practitioners, specializing in whole-system change. The “Conference Model” that he and his partner Emily developed is used worldwide to engage organizations in system-wide change. A consultant, author, keynoter, and professor (Columbia, University of Chicago, AU MSOD), Mr. Axelrod’s writing on organization change has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Leader to Leader, and the Conference Board Review. He has recently published Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations. His consulting clients range from 3M to Boeing, British Airways, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard and the UK’s National Health Service. Mr. Axelrod is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and an award-winner for teaching excellence. He is co-teaching the Group Theory & Change Facilitation course with Dr. Ruth Scogna Wagner.
  • Degrees

    MBA, University of Chicago
    BS, Purdue University, Industrial Management


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