Jeffrey Ford

Dr. Jeffrey Ford

Professor Emeritus of Management and Human Resources
PhD in Organizational Behavior, The Ohio State University
MBA, The Ohio State University
BS, University of Maryland

Jeffrey Ford is a professor of management. He joined Fisher after serving on the faculties of the Institute of Management and Labor Research at Rutgers University and the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. Prior to receiving his PhD in Organizational Behavior from The Ohio State University, Jeff received an MBA from Ohio State and a BS from the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Ford teaches courses in the Undergraduate, MBA, EMBA and MHRM programs on management, leadership, and organization change for which he has been awarded "Outstanding Faculty Member for the MHRM Program" by students in 2007 and 2008 and "Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor" in 2009. He has also been nominated for the Pace Setter award in teaching.

Dr. Ford's research has been published in top multi-disciplinary management journals including the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Organizational Dynamics, and the Harvard Business Review. He is a charter inductee into the Academy of Management Journals Hall of Fame and his research has received several awards and recognitions. In 2012, a co-authored paper entitled "Resistance to Change: The Rest of the Story" received the Emerald Citations of Excellence award, recognizing its impact as among the top 50 papers published in over 300 management journals in the year 2008. His article "The Role of Conversations in Producing Intentional Change in Organizations" was Awarded Best Published Paper by the Organizational Communication Division of the Academy of Management in 1995. He has also received and been a finalist for the best paper award from the ODC Division of the Academy of Management. His book The Four Conversations: Daily Communication that Gets Results was awarded Best Management Book of 2009 by 800 CEO READ and rated the #5 Best Business Book of 2009 by Toronto's The Globe and Mail.

In addition to service to his department, Jeff has served the university as the Chair of the Faculty Rules Committee, and as a member of the Faculty Senate Steering Committee and Faculty Council. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Change Management and on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Discoveries Journal. Among his services to professional societies, he has served a 5-year leadership role for the Academy of Management's ODC Division from 2009-2014. 

Areas of Expertise

Organizational change


Project management

Management communication

Role of communication in organizations 


Organization infrastructure

Network theory

Integrity in communications 


  • 2007 Outstanding MHR Faculty Member, MLHR Program.