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John W. Boudreau


John W. Boudreau, Professor and Research Director, University of Southern California

John W. Boudreau, PhD, Professor and Research Director at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and Center for Effective Organizations, is recognized worldwide for breakthrough research on the bridge between superior human capital, talent and sustainable competitive advantage. Dr. Boudreau consults and conducts executive development with companies worldwide that seek to maximize their employees’ effectiveness by discovering the specific strategic bottom-line impact of superior people and human capital strategies.

Dr. Boudreau has published more than 50 books and articles. His recent books include Beyond HR: The New Science of Human Capital (2007), Investing in People (2008), and Achieving Strategic Excellence in Human Resource Management (2009). Dr. Boudreau’s large-scale research studies and focused field research addresses the future of the global HR profession, HR measurement and analytics, decision-based HR, executive mobility, HR information systems and organizational staffing and development. His scholarly research is published in Management Science, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Asia-Pacific Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, Industrial Relations, and Journal of Human Resources Costing and Accounting. Features on his work have appeared in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company and Business Week, among others.

Dr. Boudreau is a strategic advisor to a wide range of organizations, including early-stage companies, global corporations, government and military agencies, and non-profit organizations. His consulting and research clients include American Express, Asian Development Bank, Avon, Baxter Healthcare, Boeing, Bristol-Myers, Citigroup, Corning, Dell, Electronic Arts, Frito-Lay, Gap, GE, The Hartford, HP, Mattel, Merck, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Novartis, Pfizer, PepsiCo, Shell International, Royal Bank of Canada, ScotiaBank, Sun, TriWest Health, Towers-Watson, Unilever, United Technologies, Unisys, the United Nations, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, The World Bank, and Williams-Sonoma. He is an invited contributor to executive programs with IMD, Wharton, Harvard and Cornell University.

Dr. Boudreau holds an undergraduate degree in business from New Mexico State University, and a Masters degree in Management and PhD in industrial relations from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.
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