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Ann Feyerherm Professor of Organizational Theory and Management

Ann Feyerherm, PhD

Professor of Organizational Theory and Management
Graziadio Business School
Irvine (IGC) 419


Before earning her doctorate, Dr. Feyerherm spent 11 years as a manager of organization development at Procter & Gamble, where she was involved in employee relations, organization design, and corporate downsizing. As a consultant, she has worked with Healthways, Honeywell, Monsanto, Frito-Lay, Two Chefs on a Roll, and Boeing on projects such as improving multifunctional teams, creating learning organizations, negotiating effectively, leadership development, and managing change.

Dr. Feyerherm conducted research on the role of leadership in negotiating regulatory policy. She is particularly interested in mediation and negotiation of environmental issues and inter-organizational collaboration across government, business, and environmental communities. In addition, she is interested in increasing human capacity through strength-based approaches. Her work has been published in the Leadership Quarterly, The Graziadio Business Report, and several book chapters. She regularly presents at the Academy of Management and Western Academy of Management.


  • PhD, University of Southern California, 1993
  • Major: Business Administration
    Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Organization Theory/Org. Behavior
  • MS, Iowa State University, 1977
    Major: Industrial Relations

  • BS, Iowa State University, 1973


Feyerherm, A. (2009). Downsizing with Dignity. Presentation at HR Star Conference, March, Los Angeles.

Feyerherm, A. & Worley, C. (2008). Forward to the Past: Reclaiming OD's Influence in the World, OD Practitioner, pp. 2-8, vol. 40(4)

Egan, T. & Feyerherm, A. (2007). Emotional Dynamism: Playing the Music of Leadership. Graziadio Business Report, vol. 10(2).

Egan, T., & Feyerherm, A (2005). A Blueprint for Change: Appreciative Inquiry; Graziadio Business Report vol. 8(3).

Feyerherm, A. & Vick, Y (2005). Generation X women in high technology: Overcoming gender and generational challenges to succeed in the corporate environment; Career Development International, vol 19(3); 216-230

Cummings, T. & Feyerherm, A. (2005). Large Scale Organization Change; Practicing Organization Development: A Guide for Consultants, Eds. William Rothwell & Roland Sullivan

Egan, T., & Feyerherm, A (2004). Educating for Extraordinary Organizations - Appreciative Inquiry in the Classroom, Appreciative Inquiry 2nd Annual Conference, Miami FL.

Lacey, M., Worley, C., Feyerherm, A & Egan, T. (2004). Building Global Change Practitioners, International Business and Management Conference, Honolulu HI.

Worley, C., & Feyerherm, A. (2003). Future of OD, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 39(1): 97-115.

Aebig, R. & Feyerherm, A. (2003). Consolidate All IT? Deciding whether to bring "Shadow IT Groups" back under direct IT control, Graziadio Business Report 6 (3).

Worley, C., Feyerherm, A., Egan, T., & Lacey, M. (2003). Educational Effectiveness: Moving from Dialogue to Action, Western Associate of Schools and Colleges79th Annual Meeting, Irvine CA.

Feyerherm, A & Rice, C. (2002). Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, & Teams: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, International Journal of Organization Analysis 10(4) 343-363.

Cordano, M., Feyerherm, A. & Winn, M. (2002). Negotiating stakeholder networks by necessity: The Rocky Flats experience, discussant, Academy of Management.

Feyerherm, A (2001). Applying Environmental and Change Models to a case of Sustainability in a Resort Community. Academy of Management Professional Development Workshop, Washington DC.

Worley, C. & Feyerherm, A. (2001). Founders of the field reflect on the future of OD, Western Academy of Management, Squaw Valley, ID.

Feyerherm, A. & Egan, T. (2001). Appreciative Inquiry. Western Academy of Management, Squaw Valley, ID.

Feyerherm, A. (2001) Downsizing with Dignity, Graziadio Business Journal, Spring.

Milliman, J & Feyerherm, A. (1999). Responding to Community Expectations on Corporate Environmental Performance: How to Develop Effective Citizen Advisory Panels. Corporate Environmental Strategy 6, 164-174

Milliman, J. & Feyerherm, A. (1999) Launching an Effective Citizen Advisory Panel, Graziadio Business Journal. Winter.

Aebig, R. & Feyerherm, A. (1998) When Worlds Collide, Graziadio Business Journal, Summer.

Egri, C., Feyerherm, A., & Rogers, K. (1997). Using Active Learning Techniques to Teach Multiparty Negotiation. Research in Corporate Social Performance and Policy, Sandra Waddock (ed), Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 117-148.

Cummings, T., & Feyerherm, A. (1995). Interventions in Large Systems. In W. J. Rothwell, (Ed.) Practicing the Art of Organization Development, Lexington Press.

Feyerherm, A. (1995). Fluid Frameworks: A Longitudinal Study of Two Collaborative Rule-Making Groups. In Research in Corporate Social Performance and Policy, Denis Collins & Mark Starik (eds), Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 231-258.

Feyerherm, A. (1994). Leadership in Collaboration: A Longitudinal Study of Two Interorganizational Rule Making Groups. In Leadership Quarterly.

Feyerherm, A. (1994). Multiple Paths for Inter-Organizational Journeys. Presented at a workshop on Multi-Organizational Partnerships: Working together across Organizational Boundaries. Held in Brussels, Belgium at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management.

Feyerherm, A. (1994). Two Cases of Interorganizational Policy Formation. Presented at Case Writers Workshop, Western Academy of Management Conference, Santa Fe NM.

Feyerherm, A. (1994). The Influence of Dialogue on Multiple Stakeholders in Interorganizational, Collaborative Networks. Presented and in Proceedings of the
International Association for Business and Society, Hilton Head, NC.

Feyerherm, A. (1993). Regulation through Collaboration: A Longitudinal Study of Two Interorganizational Rule-Making Groups. Presented and in Proceedings of the
International Association for Business and Society Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Feyerherm, A. & Mohrman, S. (August 1992). Creating Meaning in Diversity: Leadership in New Product Development Teams. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Meetings, Las Vegas.

Cohen, S., Mohrman, S., Mohrman, A., & Feyerherm, A. (June 1992). Integration in New Product Development: Managing the Convergence/ Divergence Cycle. Paper presented at Western Academy of Management International Conference, Leuven, Belgium.

Mohrman, A., Mohrman, S., Cohen, S., & Feyerherm, A. (January 1991). Creating the Context for Concurrent Engineering Paper presented at Managing Concurrent Engineering, COMER Seminar, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Mohrman, A., Cohen, S., & Feyerherm, A. (August 1991). The design and development of organizations for successful new product development: Learning from an empirical study. In A. Mohrman (Chair), Technology, Organizational Design, and Change: Three Applied Models. Academy of Management Symposium, Miami.

Feyerherm, A., & Muchinsky, P. (1978). Structural and attitudinal factors related to collective negotiations in public school systems. Journal of Collective Negotiations, 7(1), 73-82.

Nominated, Howard A. White teaching award, 2009

Recipient, Leadership Institute Research Award, 1992

Recipient, Pepperdine University Research Grant, 1994

Recognition for Past Program Chair and President, Western Casewriters Association, 1997-1999

Graziadio Business Review

Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto by Adam Werbach

Community by Peter Block

Emotional Dynamism: Playing the Music of Leadership

A Blueprint for Change: Appreciative Inquiry

Consolidate All IT?

Downsizing with Dignity

Launching an Effective Citizen Advisory Panel

When Worlds Collide


  • Organization Change
  • Leadership
  • Organization Design