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Kevin Groves Associate Professor of Organizational Theory and Management

Kevin Groves, PhD

Associate Professor of Organizational Theory and Management
Graziadio Business School

Biography

Kevin S. Groves, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, and President of Groves Consulting Group, LLC. Dr. Groves teaches a range of graduate courses including organization design and strategic alignment, executive leadership and talent management, and organization development. He primarily teaches in the Graziadio School's MBA and DBA programs at the Malibu and West Los Angeles campuses. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Groves was a management consultant in the Strategy & Organization practice at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson). Supporting clients across industries, Groves Consulting Group develops evidence-based succession planning, talent management, and leadership development solutions anchored by rigorous research.

An active leadership and succession management scholar, Dr. Groves' research focuses on the ROI of talent management, succession planning, and leadership development practices. He conducts national benchmarking studies, including the semi-annual Succession Management Survey, intensive case studies, and client-based research projects. His recently published book (Winning Strategies: Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline through Talent Management & Succession Planning) offers executive teams, boards, consultants, and HR/OD professionals a practical framework and set of succession planning and talent management best practices.

Education

  • PhD Claremont Graduate University, 2002
    Major: Organizational Behavior
    Doctoral Dissertation: An Examination of Leader Social Intelligence and Follower
    Openness to Organizational Change as Key Components of Charismatic Leadership
  • MA Claremont Graduate University, 1999
    Major: Organizational Behavior
    Master's Thesis: Multiple Intelligences and Leadership Performance

  • BA Eastern Washington University, 1997
    Major: Psychology (Summa Cum Laude)
    Minor: Business Administration

Authored Books

Groves, K. (2017). Winning Strategies: Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline through Talent Management and Succession Planning. Bozeman, MT: Second River Healthcare Press.

Refereed Journal Publications

Groves, K. Confronting an inconvenient truth: Developing succession management capabilities for the inevitable loss of executive talent. Accepted for publication at Organizational Dynamics (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.orgdyn.2018.07.001).

Groves, K. Examining the impact of succession management practices on organizational performance: A national study of U.S. hospitals. Accepted for publication at Health Care Management Review.

Groves, K. (2017). The business case for succession management capabilities: Evidence-based strategies for developing talent and sustaining leadership continuity. Graziadio Business Review, Volume 20, Issue 1. Available here.

Vance, C., White, J., Groves, K., Paik, Y., & Guo, L. (2016). Comparing thinking style and ethical decision-making between Chinese and U.S. students: Potential for future clash? Journal of Business Ethics Education, 13: 117-146.

Groves, K. (2016). Transformational leadership and follower reactions to change: A moderated mediation model of follower values and organization change magnitude. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, August: 1-14.

Groves, K., & Vance, C. (2015). Linear and nonlinear thinking: A multidimensional model and measure. Journal of Creative Behavior, 49 (2): 111-136.

Groves, K., Feyerherm, A., & Gu, M. (2015). Examining cultural intelligence and cross-cultural negotiation effectiveness. Journal of Management Education, 39 (2): 209-243.

Groves, K. (2014). Identifying high-potential healthcare leaders: Key findings from a qualitative study of exemplary health systems. Healthcare Workforce Advisor (HealthStream, Inc.), Summer: 10-15.

Ettlie, J., Groves, K., Vance. C., & Hess, G. (2014). Cognitive style and innovation in organizations. European Journal of Innovation Management, 17 (3): 311-326.

Groves, K. (2014). Examining leader-follower congruence of social responsibility values in transformational leadership. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 21 (3): 227-243.

Lacey, M., & Groves, K. (2014). Talent management collides with corporate social responsibility: Creation of inadvertent hypocrisy. Journal of Management Development, 33 (4): 399-409.

Vance, C., Groves, K., Hess, G., & White, J. (2013). The rational side of EQ: Illuminating emotional intelligence through the lens of linear/non-linear thinking style. International Journal of Social Science Research, 2: 16-25.

Groves, K. (2013). Talent management success factors: Evidence-based strategies for driving hospital performance outcomes. HR Pulse (American Society for Health Care Human Resources Administration), Summer: 34-36.

Groves, K., & LaRocca, M. (2012). Does transformational leadership facilitate follower beliefs in corporate social responsibility? A field study of leader personal values and follower outcomes. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 19 (2): 215-229.

Vance, C., Groves, K., Gale, J., & Hess, G. (2012). Would future entrepreneurs be better served by avoiding university business education? Examining the effect of higher education on business student thinking style. Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, 15: 127-141.

Groves, K., & LaRocca, M. (2011). Responsible leadership outcomes via stakeholder CSR values: Testing a values-centered model of transformational leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 98 (1): 37-55.

Groves, K., & LaRocca, M. (2011). An empirical study of leader ethical values, transformational and transactional leadership, and follower attitudes toward corporate social responsibility. Journal of Business Ethics, 103 (4): 511-528.

Monson, J., & Groves, K. (2011). Leveraging action learning as a talent management strategy during economic uncertainty. Graziadio Business Review, 14 (3): 1-6.

Groves, K., & Feyerherm, A. (2011). Leader cultural intelligence in context: Testing the moderating effects of team cultural diversity on leader and team performance. Group & Organization Management, 36 (5): 535-566.

Groves, K., Vance, C., & Choi, D. (2011). Entrepreneurial cognition: Examining the thinking style differences between entrepreneurs and business managers, accountants, and actors. Journal of Small Business Management, 49 (3): 438-466.

Groves, K. (2011). Talent management best practices: How exemplary health care organizations create value in a down economy. Health Care Management Review, 36 (3): 227-240.

Paik, Y., Groves, K., Vance, C., & Li, D. (2011). Linear/nonlinear thinking style and ethical decision-making: U.S. versus Chinese Managers. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, IM: 1-6.

Groves, K. (2010). Talent management best practices: How exemplary organizations confront the emerging leadership crisis. Graziadio Business Report, 13 (1): 1-6.

McEnrue, M.P., Groves, K., & Shen, W. (2010). Emotional intelligence training: Evidence regarding its efficacy for developing leaders. Leadership Review, 10 (Winter): 3-26.

Groves, K., & Vance, C. (2009). Examining thinking style, EQ, and organizational commitment. Journal of Managerial Issues, 21 (3): 344-366.

McEnrue, M.P., Groves, K., & Shen, W. (2009). Emotional intelligence training: The role of openness to experience, self-efficacy, and receptivity to feedback in enhancing gains achieved. Journal of Management Development, 28 (2): 150-174.

Vance, C., Zell, D., & Groves, K. (2008). Considering Individual Linear/Nonlinear Thinking Style and Innovative Corporate Culture. International Journal of Organizational Analysis. 16 (4): 232-248.

Groves, K., & Paunescu, C. (2008). Examining the antecedents and outcomes of Romanian entrepreneurial orientation. Management & Marketing Journal, 3 (3): 3-18.

Groves, K., Vance, C., & Choi, D. (2008). An examination of the nonlinear thinking style profile stereotype of successful entrepreneurs. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 16 (2): 133-159.

Groves, K., McEnrue, M. P., & Shen, W. (2008). Measuring and developing the emotional intelligence of leaders. Journal of Management Development, 27 (2): 225-244.

Groves, K., Vance, C., & Paik, Y. (2008). Linking linear/nonlinear thinking style balance and managerial ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics, 80 (2): 305-325.

Groves, K., & Vance, C. (2007). Examining the affective commitment outcomes of managerial balanced thinking and emotional intelligence in high emotional labor contexts. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, MOC: 1-6.

Vance, C., Groves, K., Paik, Y., & Kindler, H. (2007). Understanding and measuring linear/nonlinear thinking style for enhanced management education and professional practice. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 6 (2): 167-185.

Groves, K. (2007). Integrating leadership development and succession planning best practices. Journal of Management Development, 26 (3): 239-252.

Vance, C., Groves, K., & Guo, L. (2006). Mainland Chinese—US entrepreneur comparison of linear/nonlinear thinking style profiles: Implications for national entrepreneurial success. International Journal of Business Research, 6 (3): 26-34.

Groves, K. (2006). Leader emotional expressivity, visionary leadership, and organizational change. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 27 (7): 565-582.

Groves, K. (2006). View from the top: CEO perspectives on executive development and succession planning practices in healthcare organizations. The Journal of Health Administration Education, 23 (1): 93-110.

McEnrue, M.P., & Groves, K. (2006). Choosing among tests of emotional intelligence: What's the evidence? Human Resource Development Quarterly, 17 (1): 9-42.

Groves, K. (2005). Linking leader skills, follower attitudes, and contextual variables via an integrated model of charismatic leadership. Journal of Management, 31 (2): 255-277.

Groves, K. (2005). Gender differences in social and emotional skills and charismatic leadership. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 11 (3): 30-46.

Vance, C., Groves, K., & Paik, Y. (2004). Measuring and building linear/nonlinear thinking style balance for enhanced performance. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, MOC: F1-F6.

Groves, K. (2003). The contribution of leader social and emotional skills to leadership effectiveness during strategic organizational change. Leadership Review, 3 (Winter): 75-90.

2015: Editor's Choice Collection, Group & Organization Management's designation for the journal's most noteworthy manuscripts (Leader Cultural Intelligence in Context: Testing the Moderating Effects of Team Cultural Diversity on Leader and Team Performance)

2013: Denney Chair Professorship, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University

2011: Best Paper Proceedings, International Management (IM) Division, Academy of Management Meeting, San Antonio, TX

2011: Top Rated Papers Award, Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Meeting, Chicago, IL

2010: Rothschild Applied Research Fellow Award, Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University

2010: Best Paper Award Nominee, Western Academy of Management Meeting, Kona, HI

2009: Ascendant Scholar Award, Western Academy of Management, Midway, UT

2008: Julian Virtue Professorship, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University

2008: Outstanding Paper Award, Training & Development Division, Emerald Literati Network

2007: Best Paper Proceedings, Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division, Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

2006: Best Paper Award, Western Academy of Management Meeting, Long Beach, CA

2006: Top Twenty Rated Papers Award, Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Meeting, Dallas, TX

2006: Outstanding Paper Award, International Symposium on Entrepreneurship Research and Education, Nankai University, Tianjin City, China

2004: Best Paper Award, Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division, Academy of Management Meeting, New Orleans, LA

2003: Best Paper Award, Western Academy of Management Meeting, Palm Springs, CA

2002: Arthur H. Brayfield Dissertation Award, Claremont Graduate University

2002: Honorable Mention, Kenneth E. Clark Research Award, Center for Creative Leadership

Groves, K. (2017). Succession management at Sutter Health: A case study of leadership development and succession planning best practices. Accepted for presentation at the Western Academy of Management, Palm Springs, CA.

Groves, K. (2017). Developing leaders through strategy execution: Kaiser Permanente's Strategic Leadership Program. Accepted for presentation at the Western Academy of Management, Palm Springs, CA.

Groves, K. (2016). Assimilating new leaders during unprecedented change: Executive onboarding at Cleveland Clinic. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Groves, K. (2015). Testing a moderated mediation model of transformational leadership, values, and organization change. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Groves, K. (2015). Talent Management and Succession Planning Best Practices: Assessing Impact on Financial, Workforce, and Value-based Purchasing Metrics. American Hospital Association Health Forum, Washington, D.C.

Vance, C., Groves, K., Gale, J., & Hess, G. (2014). The impact of university business education on the thinking styles of prospective entrepreneurs: A longitudinal study. Academy of Business Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Vance, C., Groves, K., & Paik, Y., White, J. (2014). Future Clash? Comparing Chinese and US Student Thinking Style and Ethical Decision-Making. Western Academy of Management Annual Conference, Napa, CA.

Groves, K. (2014). Emerging evidence of the strategic impact and ROI of talent management practices. Society for Human Resource Management (Virginia Chapter), Hot Springs, VA.

Groves, K. (2013). Delivering value to patients and employees through exemplary talent management: Strategies that impact clinical, financial, and workforce metrics. American Hospital Association Health Forum, Washington, D.C.

Vance, C., & Groves, K. (2013). The value of high optimism for innovation and entrepreneurial success: The important medicating role of linear/nonlinear thinking style balance. Academy of Management Conference, Orlando, FL.

Smith, Z, & Groves, K. (2013). Developing high performing advancement leaders: Results from a nationwide survey. CASE Leadership Summit, San Francisco, CA.

Groves, K. (2013). Talent management characteristics of high-performing organization. CASE Strategic Talent Management Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Ettlie, J., Groves, K., & Vance, C. (2013). Cognitive style, occupations, and innovative behaviors. International Product Development Management Conference, Paris, France.

Paik, Y., Groves, K., & Vance, C. (2012). A Comparison of Ethical Decision-Making Between Chinese and American Managers: An Analysis Through the Lens of Linear/Nonlinear Thinking Style. Paper presented at the Academy of International Business Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Groves, K. (2012). Examining Leader-Follower Congruence of Social Responsibility Values in Transformational Leadership. Paper presented at the Western Academy of Management Annual Conference, La Jolla, CA.

Vance, C., Groves, K., & Arrington, A. (2012). Avoiding the Perilous Scylla and Charybdis of Entrepreneurial Cognitive Bias Through Linear/Nonlinear Thinking Style Balance. Paper presented at the Western Academy of Management Annual Conference, La Jolla, CA.

Groves, K., & Vance, C. (2011). Linear and nonlinear thinking: A multidimensional model and measure. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Groves, K. (2011). Leader cultural intelligence and transformational leadership: Moderating effects of team diversity. Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Groves, K., & LaRocca, L. (2011). Leader personal values, transformational leadership and follower outcomes. Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Top Rated Paper Award.

Groves, K., & LaRocca, M. (2010). Leader values and follower values congruence as key components of transformational leadership. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

Groves, K., & Feyerherm, A. (2010). Leader cultural intelligence in context: Testing the moderating effects of team cultural diversity on leader and team performance. Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Kona, HI. Best Paper Award Nominee.

Groves, K. (2010). Leader ethical values as key antecedents to transformational and transactional leadership. Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Kona, HI. Best Paper Award Nominee.

Groves, K. (2010). The relationship between thinking style and entrepreneurial intent. Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Kona, HI.

Groves, K. (2010). Leader CQ in context: Testing moderating effects of team diversity. Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Vance, C., & Groves, K. (2009) Toward a multidimensional framework of nonlinear thinking style. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill.

Vance, C., & Groves, K. (2009). Linear and nonlinear thinking styles in business and management education. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, Ill.

Groves, K. (2009). The relationship between thinking style and entrepreneurial intent: A cross-cultural perspective. Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Vance, C., & Groves, K. (2009). The rational side of EQ: Examining the roles of linear and nonlinear thinking style in emotional intelligence. Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Midway, Utah.

Ettlie, J., Groves, K. & Vance, C. (2008). Thinking style and innovation intentions in organizations. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Groves, K. & Vance, C. (2007). Enhancing corporate entrepreneurship through thinking style balance. Academy of Management Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Groves, K., McEnrue, M.P., & Shen, W. (2007). Managerial Emotional Intelligence, Affective Organizational Commitment, and Emotional Labor. Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Meeting, New York, NY. Groves, K. & Vance, C. (2007). Comparing corporate manager and entrepreneur thinking style profiles: Implications for enhancing corporate entrepreneurship and innovation effectiveness. Western Academy of Management Meeting, Missoula, MT.

Vance, C., Zell, D., McGrath, C., & Groves, K. (2007). Building and sustaining an innovative corporate culture through individual linear/nonlinear thinking style balance. Western Academy of Management Meeting, Missoula, MT. Groves, K., McEnrue, M.P., & Shen, W. (2006). Measuring and developing the emotional intelligence of leaders. Academy of Management Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Vance, C., Groves, K., & Guo, L. (2006). Linear/nonlinear thinking style balance and national entrepreneurial success: An exploratory comparison between mainland Chinese and US entrepreneurs. International Symposium on Entrepreneurship Research and Education, Nankai University, Tianjin City, China. Outstanding Paper Award.

McEnrue, M.P., & Groves, K. (2006). Measuring and training emotional intelligence: A prerequisite for innovation. Western Academy of Management Meeting, Long Beach, CA. Best Paper Award.

Groves, K., McEnrue, M.P., & Shen, W. (2006). Preliminary validation of an emotional intelligence measure for employee development. 21st Annual Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology Meeting, Dallas, TX. Top twenty rated paper award.

Vance, C., Groves, K., & Choi, D. (2006). Analysis of successful entrepreneur thinking style profile: High nonlinear or balanced?. Western Academy of Management Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Williams, L., Groves, K., McGuire, S., & Ala, M. (2006). Antecedents of entrepreneurial behavior at the individual, firm, and societal levels. Western Academy of Management Meeting, Long Beach, CA.

Groves, K., Vance, C., & Paik, Y. (2005). Linking linear/nonlinear thinking style balance and managerial ethical decision-making. Academy of Management Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Groves, K. (2005). Integrating leadership development and succession planning best practices. Academy of Management Meeting, Honolulu, HI.

Groves, K. (2005). Bearing the responsibility for leadership development and succession planning: The new challenge for managers. Western Academy of Management Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Groves, K. (2004). Linking leader skills, follower attitude, and context via an integrated charismatic leadership model. Academy of Management Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Vance, C., Groves, K., & Kindler, H. (2004). Thinking outside the litter box: Measuring and building thinking style balance for enhanced performance. Western Academy of Management Meeting, Anchorage, AK. Best Paper Award Finalist.

Paik, Y., Vance, C., & Groves, K. (2004). New cross-cultural leadership for effective global management: Calling for increased linear/nonlinear thinking style balance. Cross Cultural Leadership and Management Meeting, Seoul, South Korea.

Jones, M., Groves, K., McEnrue, M.P., & Newth, F. (2004). Self discovering the values and competencies of leadership in educational settings. International Leadership Association Meeting, Washington, D.C. Groves, K. (2003). Leader social and emotional skills and follower openness to change as key components of charismatic leadership. Western Academy of Management Meeting; Palm Springs, CA. Best Paper Award.

Groves, K. (2003). Gender differences in social and emotional skills and charismatic leadership. Academy of Management Meeting; Seattle, WA.

Vance, C., McGrath, C., Zell, D., Young, A., & Groves, K. (2003). Empowerment in paradox: Exploring disempowerment as a neglected construct pointing to untapped opportunities for enhanced organizational performance. Western Academy of Management Meeting; Palm Springs, CA.

2014: Denney Chair Professorship (2014-2015), Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles

2013: Funds for Excellence, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University

2012: Funds for Excellence, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University

2012: Provost's Grant, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles

2010: Funds for Excellence, Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles

2008: Julian Virtue Professorship (2008-2010), Graziadio School of Business & Management, Pepperdine University, Los Angeles

2006: PepsiCo Foundation Grant, PepsiCo Leadership Center, California State University, Los Angeles