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Michael Sabiers Adjunct Instructor Department of Management

• Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management.
• M.S., Journalism, Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism.
• A.B., English Literature, Oberlin College.

As founder, CEO, board director, and consultant to both for-profit and not-for-profit compa-nies he draws on 40+ years of experience exercising executive responsibility. He speaks first-hand of the problems and possibilities students face in the business world. As both internal and external change agent, he uses action research and grounded theory to collaboratively involve organizational stakeholders in manufacturing, health care, and not-for-profit service organizations. He engages company executives and the unions representing their workforce in the transformation of organizational culture and structure so that employees have per-manent mechanisms to participate in decisions that affect their working lives. As a trouble-shooter of team performance problems “in real time”, he created, trained, and facilitated joint union-management decision-making teams at American Airlines, and served as team effectiveness coach for the largest new-product development unit at Ford Motor Company. As a social scientist, he developed the Sociotechnical Systems Organization Redesign As-sessment Survey©, a re-structuring benchmark tool that has been used by major corpora-tions, including Mobil Oil and International Paper. His education includes a BA in English Lit-erature from Oberlin College, a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case-Western Reserve University. As a Specialist (E-5) he served in the U.S. Eighth Army G-2 in Korea, and the Judge Advocate’s Office at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He believes people are most effective when they are doing useful and interesting work as val-ued members of a strong, diverse, organizational community. Dr. Sabiers lives in Oberlin, Ohio, and can be reached by phone at 440-787-6706 or by email at
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2024 Term 3

  • MGMT-609 Mgmt of Orgs & Human Capital