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Ryan Smerek, Ph.D.


Ryan Smerek, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program at Northwestern University. Over the last decade, Ryan has researched, taught, and published in the areas of learning and new executives, decision-making, innovation, and organizational learning. He is the author of Organizational Learning and Performance: The Science and Practice of Building a Learning Culture (Oxford University Press). In the book, Ryan explains mindsets that foster learning, how “big picture thinking” or understanding the “why” behind our actions fosters learning, and the social norms needed to foster innovation and creativity. Before coming to Northwestern University, Ryan taught organizational behavior as an Assistant Professor at Hiram College. He also worked at Denison Consulting, a culture and leadership assessment firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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