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Michael Grojean

Michael Grojean

Adjunct Professor in Management

McNair Hall

Dr. Michael Grojean serves as Principal of Grojean & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm advising Management Teams and Boards of Directors in the strategic areas of Organizational Change, Talent and Strategy Implementation. He also serves on a part-time faculty appointment at Rice University delivering programs in both Executive Education and the Professional/ Executive MBAs. His previous role was as Professor in the Practice of Management and Executive Director. Prior to joining Rice, Dr. Grojean was a member of the faculty at Aston Business School in the United Kingdom where he served as Associate Dean for Corporate Activities and Partnerships, Head of Executive Education and Associate Professor of Management. Additionally, Dr. Grojean’s broad experience base includes having served as Leadership Policy Officer for the U.S Army as well as the Director of Human Resources for a 28,000 member organization. Of note, as the Leadership Policy Officer, he was responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing leadership and leader development policy and doctrine for the 1.4 million person active and reserve force in the U.S. Army. In this role, he also authored the Army’s mentorship doctrine, critically changing the organizational paradigm of developmental relationships. Dr. Grojean was also one of the small number of Army Officers selected to teach leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Dr. Grojean has worked with national and international organizations as they have undergone significant change. With the accession into the European Union creating challenges for the medical community, he was invited by the Minister of Health of Malta to facilitate transformation and change leadership for Hospital CEOs and National Health Directors. Dr. Grojean has also advised on strategy development designed to enhance the drug development pipeline for a leading international Pharmaceutical company. Recently, he has served on the Archimedes team responsible for accrediting the Estonian National Defense College, as well as consulting for organizations such as NATO, the UK Ministry of Defense Leadership and Management Centre, U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Sandia National Laboratories, British Petroleum, Land Rover/ Jaguar, Jacobs Engineering, National Oilwell Varco, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Eli Lilly.

Dr. Grojean’s research interests and expertise lie in the intersection between organizational change, strategy and leadership. His research has been published in British Journal of Management, The Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Human Performance, Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics and The Reader's Guide to the Social Sciences, as well as numerous confidential internal organizational reports and publications. In addition to the publications noted above, Dr Grojean has made media appearances in the Guardian, the Scotsman, The Pat Kenny Show, RTE Radio, the Birmingham Post, Newstalk Ireland and BBC Radio. He also holds memberships in the American Psychological Society, Society of Industrial Organizational Psychology, British Academy of Management, Society of Human Resource Management, International Leadership Association and Center for Advancement of Research Methods Analysis. Dr Grojean was recently featured on discussing practical leadership.