2011 Ranking: #23
Dave Ulrich is a professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, at the University of Michigan. Ulrich's work covers the spectrum organization topics such as leadership, talent, human resources, culture, coaching, and change. He has helped many leaders build their personal and organization leadership brand, HR departments and professionals deliver value, and organizations align their culture with customer expectations (e.g., he and a team of colleagues helped GE and the then-CEO Jack Welch to design the bureaucracy cutting Workout program).
With a prodigious output of HR, leadership, and organization related publications to his name, Ulrich is the co-author of 23 books. These include HR books (Human Resource Champions; HR Value Proposition; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; leadership books (Why the Bottom Line ISN'T!; Leadership Code, Leadership Brand) and organization books (Boundaryless Organization; Learning Organization; GE Workout)
In his latest book The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win (2011), Ulrich, with his psychologist wife Wendy, examines people's motivation for working and what they get out of work.