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Instructor Bio

Jim Ludema is Dean of the Calvin University School of Business. Previously, he served as Professor of Global Leadership and Director of the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University. He is a global thought leader in the areas of leadership, strategy, and organizational culture. He pioneered the Appreciative Inquiry methodology, a strengths-based approach to organizational change. Jim is the author of The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Large Group Change. Jim earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. He has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America. He has served as a consultant to various organizations, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, BP, McDonald’s, John Deere, USG, U.S. Cellular, the US Navy, World Vision, and many local and international NGOs.

Together, with Amber Johnson, he has also authored an eBook on Appreciative Inquiry, Six Questions that can Lift Your Leadership, Shape Your Strategy, and Transform Your Organization, and were regular columnists with, where they wrote about culture and positive organizations.