■ Drucker Faculty ■
Michelle Bligh
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in Management
Ph.D. Management and Organizational Behavior, SUNY Buffalo
MS. Organizational Culture & Communication, SUNY Buffalo
BA Anthropology, Pomona College

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Teaching Interests and Areas of Expertise

Organizational Culture, Cross-Cultural Issues in Management

Professional Activities

Michelle C. Bligh is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She received her doctorate in Management and Organizational Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests focus on organizational culture and the role of leaders in influencing and changing corporate cultures, particularly in post-merger organizations. In addition, her research interests include charismatic leadership, interpersonal trust, and political and executive leadership.

Her work has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership, Employee Relations, The Leadership Quarterly, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and The Journal of Business Ethics, and she was awarded the 2003 Sage Outstanding Paper Award for Research Methods. She serves on the editorial review board of The Leadership Quarterly and is co-editor of a 2007 special issue of Applied Psychology: An International Review on follower-centric approaches to leadership. She recently co-edited a book titled Follower-Centered Perspectives on Leadership: A Tribute to the Memory of James R. Meindl as part of the Leadership Horizons series.

Dr. Bligh has helped a variety of public and private sector organizations assess and improve their effectiveness in the areas of leadership development, organizational culture, and change management. Through her work at the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College, the Center for International Leadership in Buffalo, New York, and the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at California State University San Marcos, she has worked in a number of industries, including local and state law enforcement, consulting, healthcare, and real estate.

Recent Publications

  • Bligh, M. C., & Riggio, R. (Eds.). (Forthcoming, 2011). When Near is Far and Far is Near: Exploring Distance in Leader-Follower Relationships. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bligh, M. C., Kohles, J. C., & Pillai, R. (In press). Crisis and Charisma in the California Recall Election. In Collinson, D., Grint, K., & Jackson, B. (Eds.), Leadership, Sage Library of Business & Management. London, UK: Sage.
  • Al-Ani, B., Horspool, A., & Bligh, M. C. (August, 2011). Collaborating with 'Virtual Strangers': Towards Developing a Framework for Leadership in Distributed Teams. Leadership, 7(3).
  • Bligh, M. C., & Schyns, B. (In press). Leading Question: Contemporary Issues Surrounding the Romance of Leadership. In Bell, D. S. Political Leadership, Sage Library of Political Science. London, UK: Sage.
  • Bligh, M. C., Merolla, J., Schroedel, J. R., & Gonzalez, R. (In press). Finding Her Voice: Hillary Clinton's Rhetoric in the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Women's Studies.
  • Bligh, M. C., Schlehofer, M. M., Casad, B. J., & Gaffney, A. M. (In press). Competent Enough, But Would You Vote for Her? Gender Stereotypes and Media Influences on Perceptions of Women Politicians. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • Bligh, M. C. (2010). Followership and Follower-Centred Approaches. In Bryman, A., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Uhl-Bien, M., & Collinson, D. (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Leadership (pp. 1180-1216). London, UK: Sage.
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