Dr. Fred O. Walumbwa received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a professor and the Knight-Ridder Byron Harless Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair at Florida International University (FIU) in the College of Business’ Department of International Business. Dr. Walumbwa’s main research focuses on understanding how effective leaders emerge, evolve and develop, and how different clusters of leadership behaviors (i.e., positive forms of leadership such as authentic, ethical, servant and transformational leadership and the dark side of leadership such as destructive leadership or abusive supervision) enhance or inhibit climates more open to corporate, work unit and employee citizenship and proactive behaviors, engagement, fairness, learning, thriving, voicing, creativity/innovation, knowledge sharing, and withdrawal behaviors across cultures. His secondary research focuses on how organizations create competitive advantage through the use and development of various human resource practices and strategies such as high-performance work systems and psychological capital, and the role of organizational contexts such as social networks and organizational climate, culture, and justice in facilitating effective organizational functioning across cultures.
Dr. Walumbwa has published over 100 papers, including over 70 refereed research articles in a wide range of prestigious journals in business, management and psychology, book chapters, peer-reviewed proceedings, and technical reports; and has made over 120 national and international conference presentations and lectures. He has served or serves on several editorial boards of prestigious journals in his field, in addition to serving as a book series editor (Emerald Publishing Group). He co-edited a book on authentic leadership development (Elsevier Science) and co-authored the first ever theory-based measure of authentic leadership behavior (the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire) tied to the conceptualization of authentic leadership (https://www.mindgarden.com/products/alq.htm).
Dr. Walumbwa has been recognized in published research as one of the top 2% most cited scholars in the field of business and management in the world, one of the top 2% most influential authors in Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) in the world, one of the top most influential and co-cited authors globally of Leadership Research during 1990-2017, and one of the top 5 most important research contributors in leadership development field. He also has been identified in published research as 5th most productive leadership scholar during the period 2004 to 2010 and 11th most influential leadership scholar during the period 1990 through 2017 in the world placing him among the top 20 Influential Leadership and Productive Scholars in the world. Dr. Walumbwa has consulted with several diverse organizations in Africa, Asia, Australia, and the United States. Among others, he served as a Senior Research Advisor (2010-2014) and a member of the Distinguished Science Advisory Council (2007-2009) for the Washington-based Gallup Organization, USA and he is currently serving as a member of the Advisory Board for the Danne Institute for Research, Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Walumbwa is an outstanding educator and an award-winning professor who teaches courses in Leadership, Strategic Management, International Business, and Organizational Behavior in undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, DBA, and PhD programs.