John Austin

John AustinJohn Austin works at the intersection of research and practice as the President of Three Translation Leadership. Prior to that, Dr. Austin was a Principal at Decision Strategies International and a management professor at Penn State University and The University of Washington. He continues to teach executives for The Wharton School and The University of North Carolina.  Dr. Austin has taught in executive and graduate programs for Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of International Management, and Duke CE and has worked directly with numerous Global Fortune 500 companies as an executive development resource.

Dr. Austin has a B.A. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in management from Boston College. He is a thought leader in the areas of team leadership, organizational change implementation, and strategic decision-making. His research on knowledge-based decision making teams is widely cited in the academic literature, as is his work on the strategic actions of internal change agents. Dr. Austin’s work on knowledge transfer in managerial teams has been used to develop executive teams around the world.

Dr. Austin is an experienced facilitator and an award-winning teacher who has worked with practicing executives on six continents. John has developed leaders and led long-term projects in the areas of change management, scenario planning, team performance, strategic decision-making, and strategy execution. His experience with individuals at all levels of organizations enables him to translate broad strategies and concepts into actionable, engaging programs.

Dr. Austin’s research has been published in leading management and applied psychology journals including Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organization Design, and Organization Science as well as practice-oriented publications including HR Magazine and The OD Practitioner. John’s work has been recognized with three Best Paper awards from the Academy of Management and has been mentioned in a number of media outlets including CNN, The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s. He is the author of Leading Effective Change: A Primer For The HR Professionals, a  publication of SHRM Foundation’s Effective Practice Guidelines Series. Dr. Austin’s new book, Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap, was published in 2015.

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