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  • EDUCATION Open or Close

    PH D, Yale University, Psychology: Organizational Behavior, 1987.

    MS, Yale University, 1983.

    BA, Clark University, Psychology, 1981.

  • CURRENT COURSESOpen or Close

    GSM EM700 A1 Business as a System

    GSM EM765 A3 Country Environment and Multinational Strategy

    GSM EM775 A3 New Venture Creation in a Global Economy

    GSM EM800 A1 Leadership and Change

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      Kahn, W. A., Barton, M., & Fellows, S. (2013). Organizational Crises and the Disturbance of Relational Systems. Academy of Management Review, 2(38), 377-396.

      Kahn, W. A. (2012). The functions of dysfunction: Implications for organizational diagnosis and change.. Consulting Psychology Journal, 3(64), 225-241.

      Kahn, W. A. (2011). Treating organizational wounds. Organizational Dynamics, 40(2), 75-84.

      Kahn, W. A. (2003). The revelation of organizational trauma. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 39(4), 364-380. Thousand Oaks, CA.

      Kahn, W., Cross, R., & Parker, A. (2003). Layers of diagnosis for planned relational change in organizations. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 39(3), 259-280. Thousand Oaks, CA.

      Kahn, W. (2002). Managing the paradox of self-reliance. Organizational Dynamics, 30(3), 239-256. New York, NY.

      Kahn, W. A. (2001). Holding environments at work. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 37(3), 260-279. Thousand Oaks, CA.

      Kahn, W. A. (1998). Relational systems at work. Research in organizational behavior. JAI Press, 20, 39-76. Greenwich, CT.

      Kahn, W. (1995). Organizational change and the provision of a secure base: Lessons from the field. Human Relations, 48(5), 489-514. New York, NY.

      Kahn, W., & Kram, K. E. (1994). Authority at work: Internal models and their organizational consequences. Academy of Management Review, 19(1), 17-50. Ada, OH.

      Kahn, W. (1993). Caring for the caregivers: Patterns of organizational caregiving. Administrative Science Quarterly, 38(4), 539-563.

      Kahn, W. (1993). Facilitating and undermining organizational change: A case study.. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 29(1), 32-55. Thousand Oaks, CA.

      Kahn, W. (1992). To be fully there: Psychological presence at work. Human Relations, 45(4), 321-349. New York, NY.

      Kahn, W. (1990). Psychological conditions of personal engagement and disengagement at work. Academy of Management Journal, 33(4), 692-724. Ada, OH.

      Kahn, W. (1990). There's no place like home: Reflections on leaving a social system. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 26(2), 135-149. Thousand Oaks, CA.

      Kahn, W. (1990). Towards an agenda for business ethics research. Academy of Management Review, 15(2), 311-328. Ada, OH.

      Kahn, W. (1989). Toward a sense of organizational humor: Implications for organizational diagnosis and change.. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 25(1), 45-64. Thousand Oaks, CA.


      Kahn, W. A. (2015). The Ostrich Effect: Solving Destructive Patterns at Work. New York: Routledge.
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      Kahn, W. A. (2008). The student's guide to successful project teams.. New York, NY: Psychology Press/Taylor and Francis.

      Bookman, T., & Kahn, W. (2007). This house we build: Life lessons for synagogues and those who dwell within them.. 366. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute .

      Kahn, W. A. (2005). Holding fast: The struggle to create resilient caregiving organizations. London: Brunner-Routledge.


    Kahn, W. Journal of Management Education, Editorial Board Member. (1991 - Present).