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Ron Ashkenas

Ron Ashkenas

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BA, Wesleyan University

EdM, Harvard University

PhD, Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

Positions Held

At Haas since 2013

2013 - present, Executive-in-Residence, Haas School of Business

1979 - present, Senior Partner, Schaffer Consulting

1995 - 2010, Managing Partner, Schaffer Consulting


External Service and Assignments

  • Co-Founder of the Rapid Results Institute (, a non-profit dedicated to using the rapid results methodology to improve economic development around the world
  • Forbes Blog

Current Research and Interests

  • Managerial Success -- Why some managers succeed and others do not
  • Managing Complexity -- and how simplification needs to be a core competence for leaders
  • Organizational transformation and innovation -- how leaders can reinvent and reinvigorate their organizations

Selected Papers and Publications

  • "Simply Effective:  How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done" (Harvard Press, 2010);
  • "The GE Work-Out:  How to Implement GE's Revolutionary Method for Busting Bureaucracy and Attacking Organizational Problems -- Fast" (co-authored with Dave Ulrich and Steve Kerr), McGraw-Hill, 2002;
  • "The Boundaryless Organization: Breaking the Chains of Organizational Structure" (co-authored with Ulrich, Kerr, and Jick), Wiley, 2002;
  • "Rapid Results:  How 100-day Projects Build the Capacity for Large-Scale Change" (with Robert Schaffer), Wiley, 2005
  • "The Merger Dividend", Harvard Business Review, July 2011
  • "Why Good Projects Fail Anyway", Harvard Business Review, September, 2003

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