David Ulrich is Professor of Business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and the Co-Director of Michigan's Human Resource Executive Program. His teaching and research address the question: How do people create organizations that add value to customers? Dave Ulrich studies how organizations change, build capabilities, learn, remove boundaries and leverage human resources activities. Professor Ulrich also studies organization capabilities of talent, speed, collaboration, accountability, and leadership. He has helped generate multiple award winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, human resource practices and HR competencies.
Dave Ulrich has been ranked the "#1 Management Educator & Guru" by BusinessWeek, selected by Fast Company as one of the "10 Most Innovative and Creative Leaders", and named "The Most Influential Person in HR" by HR Magazine for three years.
Dave Ulrich has written over a dozen books covering topics in HR and Leadership including Tomorrow's (HR) Management, Human Resource Champions, Results Based Leadership, The Leadership Code and HR Transformation: Building Human Resources from the Outside In. His most recent book is The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations That Win.
David Ulrich's work has received multiple awards connected with his expertise and breadth of knowledge concerning the correlation between strategies, HR practices, and HR competencies of organizations. Dave Ulrich emphasizes defining organizations through the capabilities they possess. His work has helped define and shape key capabilities such as change, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, service, innovation, and efficiency. The outcomes of leadership and HR are the capabilities that an organization possesses that deliver value to customers, investors, and communities.
Although he has been involved in large-scale research projects, Dave Ulrich's presentations are characterized by synthesizing complex ideas into frameworks and tools that executives can use. David Ulrich is a well-traveled speaker, working with groups of all sizes where he is known for engaging the participants, helping to translate the ideas into actions that work for them. His motto is that good teaching is not what he knows, but how his knowledge helps participants do what they do better.