John Slocum



John W. Slocum, Jr.

John Slocum is Professor Emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He has taught on the facilities of the University of Washington, the Fisher School of Business at the Ohio State University, the Smeal School of Business at the Pennsylvania State University, the International University of Japan, and Amos Tuck at Dartmouth College.  He holds a B.B.A. from Westminster College, an M.B.A. from Kent State University, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Washington.


Professor Slocum has held a number of positions in professional societies.  He was elected as a Fellow to the Academy of Management in 1976 for his outstanding contributions to the profession of management and a Fellow to the Decision Sciences Institute in 1984 for his research in behavioral decision theory.  He was awarded the Alumni Citation for Professional Accomplishment by Westminster College, both the Nicolas Salgo and Rotunda Outstanding Teaching Awards from SMU, the Executive MBA Most Valuable Faculty Member Award, SMU Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alumni, and was the recipient of the inaugural Carl Sewell Distinguished Service and Distinguished University Citizen Awards by SMU.  He is a charter member of Academy of Management's Journals Hall of Fame and former Editor of the Academy of Management Journal and Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Executive.  He served as President of the Eastern Academy of Management in 1973.  From 1975-1986, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management.  In 1983-1984, he served as 39th President of the 18,000 member Academy and Chairman of the Board of Governors of that organization.  Currently, he serves as Co-Editor of the Journal of World Business, Organizational Dynamics, and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.  He is the co-author of 24 books, the latest being Managing: A Competency Based Approach 11th ed, South Western Publishing Company, 2007, and Organizational Behavior, 13th ed. 2011.


Professor Slocum has served as a consultant to such organizations as OxyChem, ARAMARK, The Associates First Capital Corporation, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Pier 1, Mack Trucks, Celanese, NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Key Span Energy.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of Kisco Senior Living Communities, ViewCast Corporation, the Winston School of Dallas, Go-To-Learn (a non-profit corporation), Applied Management Sciences Institute of Houston, TX., and the School of Business Management at the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia.


There have been over 5,000 citations to more than 135 articles that illuminate his research that spans from 1967-to 2009. His most cited works focus on three areas of organizational behavior: corporate culture, individual differences, and organizational design. Example of his work on corporate culture are: Jermier, Slocum Fry and Gaines, “Organizational subcultures in a soft bureaucracy,” Organization Science; Kerr and Slocum, “Managing corporate culture through reward systems,” Academy of Management Executive; McGill and Slocum, “Management practices in learning organizations,” Organizational Dynamics, and Hellriegel and Slocum, “Organizational climate: Measures, research and contingencies,” Academy of Management Journal. His work on individual differences can be found in Brown, Cron and Slocum, “The influence of goal orientation and self-regulation tactics on sales performance: A longitudinal field test,” Journal of Applied Psychology; Cron, Slocum and VandeWalle, “The role of goal orientation following performance feedback,” Journal of Applied Psychology. For his work on organizational design, see Downey, Hellriegel and Slocum, “Environmental; uncertainty: The construct and its application,” Administrative Science Quarterly; McGill and Slocum, “Unlearning the organization,” Organizational Dynamics; Downey and Slocum, “Uncertainty: Measures, research and sources of variation,” Academy of Management Journal. He has presented his scholarship at more than 75 institutions.


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