John R. Schermerhorn

Charles G. O'Bleness Emeritus Professor of Management
Management Department

Office: Copeland 401
Phone: 740-593-2061
Resume: download
Department: OUCC 13 Faculty


    PhD, Northwestern University, 1974. Organizational behavior.
    MBA (with distinction), New York University, 1967. Management and international business.
    BS, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1965. Business administration.

Research Interests

    Individual performance, organizational change and development, cross-cultural management, Southeast Asian business, international business ethics, innovation in higher education for business and management.

Professional Experience

    Executive development in business, education, government and health care organizations in the United States and internationally.
    Management Department Head, DBA Program Director, MBA Program Coordinator, Associate Dean College of Business.
    Director of interdisciplinary program in Southeast Asian Studies.
    Management positions in hospital administration.

Selected Publications


    Organizational Behavior, (Mary Uhl-bien, Schermerhorn, Richard N. Osborn, and ), John Wiley & Sons: 13th Edition, 2014. Available in Chinese, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.

    Management, (Schermerhorn), John Wiley & Sons: 12th Edition (2013). Available in Chinese, French, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

    Exploring Management (Schermerhorn), John Wiley & Sons: 4th Edition (2014). Available in French.


    "Minister of Planning and Investment Tran Xuan Gia on Foreign Investment and the Vietnam Business Environment" (Schermerhorn), Academy of Management Executive, Vol 14 (November, 2000), pp. 8-15.

    "Strategic Leadership of Ethical Behavior in Business," (Terry Thomas, Schermerhorn and John W. Dienhart), Academy of Management Executive , Vol. 18 (May 2004), pp. 56-66.

    "Unleashing Individual Potential: Performance Gains Through Positive Organizational Behavior and Authentic Leadership," (William L. Gardner and Schermerhorn), Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 33 (August, 2004), pp. 270-281.

    “Self Regulation, Strategic Leadership and Paradox in Organizational Change,” (Amy Taylor-Bianco and Schermerhorn), Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 19, No. 4 (2006), pp. 457-470.

    “Organization Development in Perspective: A Conversation with W. Warner Burke,” (Schermerhorn and Amy Taylor-Bianco), NHRD Network Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3 (2008), pp. 168-173.


    “Engagement, Expectations, and Attributions: Questions on Capacity Development for Knowledge and Innovation Management in Transforming Africa,” (Schermerhorn, Rebanna Mmereki, and Gangappa Kuruba). Presented at the Africa Academy of Management, 2nd Biennial Conference, University of Botswana, Gaborone, January 8, 2014.


    Dr. H.C., Doctorem Scientiarum Oeconomiae Honoris Causa, University of Pecs, Hungary, 2000.
    University Professor, Ohio University, 1991-1992.


    Dr. John R. Schermerhorn, Jr. is the Charles G. O’Bleness Emeritus Professor of Management in the College of Business at Ohio University, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in management and organizational behavior. He earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Northwestern University, an MBA (with distinction) in management and international business from New York University, a BS in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pécs in Hungary. He previously taught at Tulane University, the University of Vermont, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he also served as head of the Department of Management and associate dean of the College of Business Administration. Dr. Schermerhorn’s international experience includes appointments as visiting professor of management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Kohei Miura visiting professor at Chubu University in Japan, visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana, adjunct professor at the National University of Ireland at Galway, member of the graduate faculty at Bangkok University in Thailand, and advisor to the Lao-American College in Vientiane, Laos. He served for two years as on-site coordinator of the Ohio University MBA and Executive MBA programs in Malaysia,taught residencies for four years at the Ohio University MBA program in Bangalore, India, and taught an MBA course for three years at Universita Politecnica Delle Marche in Italy. He teaches organization behavior seminars at Bangkok University and the University of Pécs. He has also twice served as Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University. A member of the Academy of Management, Dr. Schermerhorn was chairperson of the Management Education and Development Division. Management educators and students alike know him as author of Exploring Management 4e (Wiley, 2014), Management 12e (2013) and co-author of Organizational Behavior 13e (Wiley, 2012). Dr. Schermerhorn has also published numerous articles in scholarly outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Organizational Dynamics, Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, and the Journal of Management Education. He presently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Change Management and the Journal of Management Development. Dr. Schermerhorn’s consultancies have focused on high performance leadership, leading organizational change and development, strategic leadership and organizational performance capacity, and inter-organizational cooperation. He has worked with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation, Petróleos de Venezuela, American Bankers Association, Corning Glass Works, New England Hospital Assembly, and Vietnam Training Center for Radio and Television, among other organizations. He is also a faculty fellow in the the Executive Leadership Institute, Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Ohio University named Dr. Schermerhorn a University Professor, the university’s highest campus-wide honor for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is a popular guest speaker at colleges and universities and is available for guest lectures and classroom visits, as well as faculty workshops on teaching Millennials, high engagement instructional approaches and innovations, scholarly manuscript development, and textbook writing.