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Julie A. Chesley Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management

Julie A. Chesley, PhD

Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management
Graziadio Business School

Biography

Dr. Julie A. Chesley is an associate professor of organization theory and management at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Dr. Chesley's teaching focuses on personal and group transformation as well as the critical thinking and analysis required to successfully lead change. Dr. Chesley has also been on the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy and at Colorado College.

In addition to her academic practice, Dr. Chesley has over 28 years of experience, including 20 years of service to the United States Air Force. During her Air Force career, Dr. Chesley had the opportunity to lead critical strategy implementation and change efforts including strategic planning for a major government agency which led to national recognition. Recently, her consulting work has ranged from designing and facilitating strategic off-site meetings with Fortune 100 presidents and their customers, to executive coaching, board succession planning, and survey feedback.

Dr. Chesley has numerous publications and presentations including articles in California Management Review, Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Leadership Studies, as well two texts: Applied Project Management for Space Systems and Strategic Thinking: Today's Business Imperative. She holds a BS in management from the United States Air Force Academy, as well as an MBA and PhD in organization theory and management from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.

Education

  • PhD University of Colorado at Boulder 
    Major: Organization Theory and Strategy
    Minors: Organization Behavior and Research Methods
  • MBA University of Colorado at Boulder
    Major: Management
    Thesis/Field Study: Organization Development

  • B.S. United States Air Force Academy
    Major: Management

Chesley, J., and Wylson A.(forthcoming) Ambiguity: The Emerging Impact of mindfulness for change leaders. Journal of Change Management.

Wylson, A. and Chesley, J. Jan 2016 The Benefits of Mindfulness while Leading Transformational Change. Graziadio Business Review

Egan, T, Chesley, J., Lahl, S.Jan 2016. How The Mind-Brain Revolution Supports The Evolution of OD Practice. OD in Practice. Eds: Rothwell, W., Stavros, J.,Sullivan, R., and Fogelson, J.

Duhaime, I., Stimpert, L, & Chesley, J. 2012. Strategic Thinking: Today's Business Imperative. Routledge. New York, NY.

Stimpert, L. & Chesley, J. & Ostrowitz, A. 2010. The Insiders Advantage: CEO Succession and the Performance of Large Diversified Firms. Journal of Business & Leadership: Research, Practice and Teaching.

Stimpert, L., Duhaime, I., Chesley, J. 2010. Learning to Manage a Large Diversified Firm. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. (17) 411-425.

Chesley, J.A., Larson, W., and Menrad, B. eds. 2008 Applied Project Management for Space Systems. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.

Chesley, J.A., Mangiofico, G., Dybvad, L. 2008. Stakeholder Management. In Applied Project Management for Space Systems. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.

Chesley, J.A., Larson, W., and Menrad, B. 2008. Introduction to Project Management in Applied Project Management for Space Systems. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.

Chesley, J.A. 2006. Book review: Crisis Leadership: Using Military Lessons, Organizational Experiences, and the Power of Influence to Lesson the Impact of Chaos on the People You Lead by: Gene Klann. Human Resource Management Journal.

Chesley, J.A. 2005. Book Review: How the way we talk can change the way we work. By: Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. Graziadio Business Report.

Anna, A. L., Chesley J.A. and Davis, K.D. 2001. Executive Coaching by proxy in a large organization: a leadership development tool. Journal of Leadership Studies. Vol 8, No 1.

Chesley, J.A., Anna, A.L., & Davis, K.D. 2001. Shaping Organization Climate in Air Force Units: The impacts of leadership. Proceedings of the 2001 American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Koberg, C.S., Chesley, J.A. & Heppard, K.A. 2000. Adaptive Latitude: Individual, organizational and environmental influences. Journal of Business Research, vol. 50, pp. 259-272.

Sellers, J.J. & Chesley, J.A. 2000. Space Operations: Mission Management and Operations. In Understanding Space: An Introduction to Astronautics. Wiley Larson (Ed.) McGraw-Hill, New York, NY.

Strbiak, C.A., Chesley, J.A., Anna, A.L., Blass, F.R. & Davis, K.D. 2000. CSAF Survey: Organization Climate Training. CD-ROM and web manual for all Air Force Manpower and Organization personnel and Squadron Commanders to assist in interpreting the 1999 CSAF Climate Survey.

Chesley, J.A. & Wenger, M.S. 1999. Transforming an Organization: Using models to foster strategic conversation. California Management Review. Spring.

Chesley, J.A. & Gaines, D. 1999. Using the Balanced Scorecard in a Program Office. Proceedings of the 1999 Acquisition Research Symposium, Rockville, MD.

Chappell, D., Koberg, C.S. & Chesley, J.A. 1999. Mentoring: Do learning styles really matter? Proceedings of the 1999 American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Chesley, J.A. & Huff, A.S. 1998. Anticipating Strategic Turnaround: The systems and structures that enable/constrain change. In Advances in Applied Business Strategy. David Ketchen (Ed.) JAI Press, London, England, pp. 177-204.

Chesley, J.A. 1996. The Structuring of Top Management Action: An interpretive inquiry into top management teams. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Nominated for CC Outstanding faculty (5 faculty nominated out of 162) 2010

Sydney G. Winter Faculty Award in Business and Economics 2009

Nominated for CC Outstanding faculty (5 faculty nominated out of 162) 2008

Air Force Association Chairman Award, Outstanding Field Grade Officer 2002

NRO Director's Circle Award 2001

NRO Medal for Superior Service 2001

Associate Professor, US Air Force Academy 2000

USAF Academy Helmer Award-Outstanding classroom instruction-Management 1999

National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction 1998

NRO Medal for Distinguished Service 1998

Dean's List, Graduate School of Management, University of Colorado 1993-1996

USAF Academy Outstanding Academic Educator Award in Management 1992

USAF Academy Helmer Award-Outstanding classroom instruction-Management 1992

Company Grade Officer of the Year, USAFA Department of Management 1991

Assistant Professor 1990

Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officers School 1989

 

Military Awards and Decorations

Defense Superior Service Medal

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters)

Air Force Commendation Medal (1 oak leaf cluster)

Joint Service Achievement Medal


Scott, M. and Chesley, J. Adopting a Racial Equity Stance, Leveraging Cultural Competence for Deeper Impact and Lasting Social Change. Organization Development Network Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Chesley, J. Reflections from the Field: Wisdom from OD's founders and its impact today. Organization Development Network Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Chesley, J. and Egan, T. The Mind-Brain Revolution & OD: Integrating recent advances in teaching and practice. Organization Development Network Annual Conference, Portland, OR.

Chesley, J., Egan, T and Feyerherm A. 2015. Developing Gratitude Through Community. Western Academy of Management, Kauai, HI.

Spivey, E., Rhodes, K., and Chesley, J. 2015. Emotional Intelligence and Entrepreneurial Growth. Western Academy of Management, Kauai, HI.

Keefe, L. and Chesley, J.2015. Touchpoints: Engaging and Retaining High Potentials. Western Academy of Management, Kauai, HI.

Chesley, J. 2013. Leadership in Transorganizational Systems. Conference on Transorganizational Collaboration. CANGO (Chinese Association of NGOs), Beijing, China.

Chesley, J., Rhodes, K., and Reddy, D. 2011. The Perceived Role of Mentorship in Entrepreneurial Ventures. Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Conference, Orlando, FL

Stimpert, L. Ostrowitz, A, Chesley, J. 2010 CEO Succession in Large, Diversified Companies and Its Implications for Firm Performance. Business and Leadership Symposium, Fort Hays State University. Received Distinguished Research award.

Chesley, J. and Capps, C. 2008. Tell Us How Much You Know: Oral Exams in an Organization Behavior Course. Organization Behavior Teaching Conference, Boston, MA.

Feyerherm, A. and Chesley, J. 2007. Creating Positive Change and Resilience in your Organization. Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Chesley, J.A., Barrett, F.J., Egan, T, Feyerherm, A., Fry, R., Ludema, J.D., and Mangiofico, G. 2006. Applying Appreciative Inquiry to Management Development: New Ideas to Enhance Managerial Capacity. National Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Chesley, J., A., Feyerherm, A. Egan, T., Mangiofico, G., and Wallis, N. 2005. Using Appreciative Inquiry for Positive Scholarship in the Classroom Symposium Western Academy of Management, Las Vegas, NV.

Chesley, J. 2005. Using Positive Reflection Questions to Promote Thoughtful Inquiry: An Exploration in Appreciative Organization Theory, Western Academy of Management, Las Vegas, NV.

Hendrix, W.H., Chesley, J.A. & Hopkins, S. 2002. Assessing Difference in Behavioral and Value-Based Character-Related Dimensions. Association for Moral Education Conference, Chicago Ill.

Chesley, J.A. & Anna, A.L. 2002. Citizenship Behaviors: The impact of job design, teamwork and leadership. American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Chesley, J.A., Anna, A.L. and Davis, K.D. 2001. Shaping Organization Climate in Air Force Units: The impacts of leadership. American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Chesley, J.A. & Huff, A.S. 2000. Making the Transition: Managing your professional/personal life. MED Doctoral Consortium. National Academy of Management Meeting, Toronto, Canada.

Anna, A.L., Chesley, J.A., Strbiak, C.A. & Blass, F.R. 2000. Organizational Climate Feedback: Developing consultant expertise. American Society for Business and Behavioral Sciences Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Chesley, J.A., Wenger, M.S. & Hall, K.R. 1998. Balancing the "Balanced Scorecard": The recursive adaptation of a strategic management and performance measurement model. Strategic Management Society Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Chesley, J.A. 1998. Strategic Management a la GPRA: Are we achieving real organizational change? Behavioral Science Symposium, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.

Chesley, J.A. & Huff, A.S. 1996. Structuration Theory's Contribution to Understanding Top Management Team Action. Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Heppard, K.A., Chesley, J.A. & Koberg, C.S. 1996. Interorganizational Strategies & Adaptation: Do dynamic network characteristics increase adaptive latitude? Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Chesley, J.A., Koberg, C.S. & Heppard, K.A. 1996. The Influence of Organizational Scanning on Radical and Incremental Adaptation. National Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.

Koberg, C.S., Chesley, J.A, Heppard, K.S. & Westerman, J. 1995. Adaptive Latitude: Individual, organizational and environmental influences. National Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Chesley, J.A. 1995. Top Management Cognition: An expanded upper echelon model. Southern Academy of Management Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Huff, A.S. & Chesley, J.A. 1994. A Broader, More Contextually Oriented Approach to Top Management Team Research. National Academy of Management Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Chesley, J.A. & Wenger, M.S. 1994. A Day at the Zoo: Student designed field trips as a capstone project. Organization Behavior Teaching Conference, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Chesley, J.A. 1994. Cognitive Approaches to Top Management Research. Behavioral Science Symposium. United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.

Wenger, M.S., McKinney, E.J. & Chesley, J.A. 1992. The One Room Schoolhouse. Organization Behavior Teaching Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Topics

  • Leadership Development 
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Strategic Change