Dr. Austin is an experienced facilitator and an award-winning researcher who has worked with practicing executives on six continents. John has developed leaders and led long-term projects in the areas of change management, scenario planning, team performance, strategic decision-making, and strategy execution. His experience with individuals at all levels of organizations enables him to translate broad strategies and concepts into actionable, engaging programs. With a background in acting, he is also able to easily connect and engage audiences.
John works at the intersection of scholarship and practice as a professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University where he trains doctoral students to find their scholarly voice as they work to enact change in the world. Prior to that, Dr. Austin was a Principal at Decision Strategies International and a management professor at Penn State University and The University of Washington. He has taught executives at Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of International Management, Duke CE, and The Wharton School and he continues to teach executives at The University of North Carolina. John has worked with numerous Global Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations as an executive development resource and is a frequent conference speaker.
Dr. Austin has a B.A. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in management/organization studies from Boston College. He is a thought leader in the areas of team leadership, organizational change implementation, and strategic decision-making. His research on knowledge-based decision making teams is widely cited in the academic literature, as is his work on the strategic actions of internal change agents. Dr. Austin’s work on knowledge transfer in managerial teams has been used to develop executive teams around the world.