Graziadio Faculty Books, Blogs, and More

Mark Allen, PhD, Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management

Aha Moments in Talent Management: A Business Fable With Practical ExercisesAssociation for Talent Development (ASTD) (2014).

Unleash greater potential from your talent by making people a top priority. Most executives would say that people are their most valuable asset; but even with the best intentions of putting employees first, companies can be held back by outdated policies. This business fable highlights 13 talent management principles, illustrating them in action at a fictional company with a charismatic and passionate Chief People Officer.
Through the story, you will experience:

  • best practices to combat the ineffective and counterproductive talent practices that plague many organizations
  • assessment questions to evaluate the status of your organization’s talent practices
  • reflection questions to help YOU make a difference in your organization, regardless of your position
  • a path that enables top performers to advance and succeed.

Using people-centered talent management principles will inspire your employees, reshape your organization, and improve your bottom line.

The Next Generation of Corporate Universities: Innovative Approaches for Developing People and Expanding Organizational Capabilities, Pfeiffer (2007).

“The objective of this book is to provide innovative approaches for developing people and expanding organizational capabilities. If you also have this objective, this book is for you, because each chapter is written by a qualified author to provide the information you need.”
—Donald L. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., professor emeritus, University of Wisconsin, and author, Evaluating Training Programs: The Four Levels


The Corporate University Handbook: Designing, Managing, and Growing a Successful ProgramAMACOM (2002).

Motorola. Sun Microsystems. Charles Schwab. Toyota. These global business leaders have bred excellence through innovative executive and management development organizations that go well beyond traditional job training. Known as corporate universities, these entities are essentially strategic partners of their sponsoring companies. Often working in conjunction with traditional educational institutions, they boast cream-of-the-crop faculty from the academic and business communities. Once the province of only the largest corporations, corporate universities are fast becoming the standard at smaller companies as well. This comprehensive handbook is a valuable resource for companies of all sizes who are considering (or already developing) enhanced professional learning programs. Featuring contributions from experts at ten different corporate universities, academic institutions, and consulting firms, the book addresses the three major components of corporate university success: organization, content, and processes. From structural and financial models to the role of technology, from curriculum development to evaluation approaches and measuring ROI, here is a wealth of information on this major development in professional education.


James DiLellio, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor of Decision Sciences
Owen P. Hall, Jr., PhD, PE, PhD, Professor of Decision Science

StatCity: Statistical Methods for Business Practitioners, Volume 1 and Volume 2, 2nd Edition, published by Google, (2014).

StatCity, 2nd Edition, published by Apple iTunes, (2014)


Nancy Ellen Dodd, MPW, MFA, Editor, Graziadio Business Review

The Writer’s Compass: From Story Map to Finished Draft in 7 Stages, Writers Digest, (2011).

Map out your idea and finish your story in 7 stages! This creative writing book helps writers to develop their ideas into a finished novel working through 7 stages while learning how to map out their story’s structure. It teaches writers see all the different components of their story, where these components are going, and, perhaps most importantly, what’s missing.

Joetta Forsyth, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance

Financial Wisdom V.1: Personal Finance and Career Skills to Guide Teens and Young Adults on Their Journey to Success and Happiness, Culver City, CA: Financial Wisdom Preparatory Institute, LLC, (2011).

This textbook provides high-achieving teens and young adults the tools to:

  • Have sophisticated conversations with financial advisors.
  • Understand most loans as well as any consumer loan officer.
  • Do detailed financial planning and forecasting in Excel.
  • Know how to build wealth for retirement.
  • Become wise at an early age about spending.
  • Anticipate financial risks and protect themselves from financial pressures, reducing the likelihood of divorce.
  • Start their career off on the right foot when they graduate from college.

Homeschoolers will find this textbook ideal for fostering learning between parent and child.


Kevin Groves, PhD, Associate Professor of Organizational Theory and Management

Winning Strategies: Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline through Talent Management & Succession Planning (2017)

Dr. Kevin Groves’ approach to succession planning encompasses not just the CEO, but the entire leadership pipeline. Winning Strategies is the culmination of his work with healthcare organizations over the past 10 years to identify evidence-based succession management & talent development practices. Much of the data comes from his Healthcare Talent Management Survey–a standard in the industry. Reinforced throughout is the imperative of presenting top leadership teams with clear, compelling evidence that talent management & succession planning capabilities are vital investments. Four case studies–Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, HCA, and the Cleveland Clinic–illustrate why healthcare organizations must implement Groves’ Talent Management Capabilities for leadership development & continuity. Written for those seeking to establish, revitalize, or asses their organization’s succession management & talent development practices, Winning Strategies will undoubtedly be a valuable resource for your team.


Clemens Kownatzki, PhD, Practitioner Faculty in Finance

Money Music 101: Essential Finance Skills for Musicians, Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs, (2011)

This is not another finance book that promises you to get rich quick. Instead, it offers a systematic approach to learn some essential finance skills and to promote good money habits. The book is geared towards musicians and artists but it is also full of vital information for a typical young adult entering the work force or about to head for college. If you are considering a career as a self-employed creative entrepreneur or in case you just wish to brush up on your basic financial literacy skills, you will find extremely good value in this book. The author is an investment advisor and a former musician. He can relate to the world of finance from an artist’s perspective and is therefore uniquely qualified to teach personal finance in a way that makes sense to someone who has little or no experience with money matters. The book is full of fun and thought-provoking examples showing you how to keep your financial house in order. Ultimately, you will learn the financial strategies that will set you apart from those who live from paycheck to paycheck.


Bernice Ledbetter, EdD, Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management; Director, Center for Women in Leadership

Reviewing Leadership: A Christian Evaluation of Current Approaches, 2nd Edition, Bernice M. Ledbetter, Robert J. Banks, and David C. Greenhalgh

This book offers a comprehensive evaluation of current approaches to leadership from a discerning Christian perspective. Combining expertise in leadership, theology, and ministry, the authors take a historical look at leadership and how it is viewed and used in today’s context. The book is informed by both biblical and leadership studies scholarship and interacts with a number of popular marketplace writings on leadership. It also evaluates exemplary role models of Christian leadership. The second edition has been updated and revised throughout.


Linnea McCord, JD, MBA, Associate Professor of Business Law

The Wisdom of Ants: 10 Commandments of Trust (2015)

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex… It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction.


Margaret Elizabeth Phillips, PhD, Associate Professor of International Business

Crossing Cultures: Insights from Master TeachersNakiye Boyacigiller (Editor), Richard Goodman (Editor), Margaret Phillips (Editor) (2004)

Crossing Cultures provides a bold and refreshing new resource for teachers and trainers with proven methods for developing coping strategies and problem-solving skills in the cross-cultural arena. A comprehensive study structured to provide a framework for teaching; each chapter contains a teaching module, highlighting the potential difficulties, dialogues and variations in cross-cultural teaching. Ideal for those teaching Business across borders, this is a uniquely practical guide that features contributions from the leading lights of the field.

She also co-authored the comprehensive chapter on “Conceptualizing Culture” for both editions of the Handbook for International Management Research (1st ed, Blackwell, 1996; 2nd ed, University of Michigan Press, 2004), the latest version of which was selected as lead article in the five-volume compendium of key works in Cross Cultural Management (Routledge, 2009).


William R. Smith, PhD, PCM, Professor of Marketing; Academic Director, Presidents and Key Executives MBA Program

Exchange Rates and Prices: The Case of United States Imports, Volume 3 (2017)

Originally published in 1996. This study looks at the impact of exchange rate fluctuation on the pricing practices of foreign industries that import into the United States market. It presents several studies of the pass-through behaviour of over 100 disaggregated commodity groups with bi-lateral exchange rates. The book presents analysis of specific competitors and their individual pricing responses to exchange rate changes, adding significantly to pricing theory as well as being useful for marketers in predicting business responses (Routledge, 2017).