University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Lynn Perry Wooten

Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University

Lynn Perry Wooten is the J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations for Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to joining Cornell University, she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for almost two decades. At the Ross School of Business, she served as the Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Excellence and Clinical Professor of Strategy, Management & Organizations. In this role, Lynn was responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for Ross students inside and outside of the classroom through curricular initiatives, academic advising, student life activities, leadership development, and career planning.

Lynn’s current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices, and crisis leadership, and her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Dynamics. She has also written a book on crisis leadership, Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis (with Erika James) and co-edited the book Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion (with Laura Morgan Roberts and Martin Davidson). Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Society of Human Resource Management, and Ford Foundation. Through her applied research projects, she has worked with many organizations including Whirlpool, Google, and General Motors. She was also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Council of Michigan Foundations and partnered with foundations to develop inclusive leadership practices, diversity management systems, and equity policies.

Lynn is an alumna of the University of Michigan (PhD). She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Lynn Wooten is an active member in a number of national volunteer leadership organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League and The Links Inc.

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