Ronald Fry, Ph.D.

Case Western Reserve University
Weatherhead School of Management
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7235

Phone: 216-368-2060

Dr. Ronald E. Fry is professor of Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. Ron is also Director of the Masters Program in Positive Organizational Development and Change. He has developed and conducted a Certificate Program in Appreciative Leadership and Organizational Capacity Building for over 150 leaders of voluntary social change organizations in over 30 countries. With Professor David Cooperrider, he co-directs the CASE Weatherhead Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry for the Betterment of Business and Society. He is Editor and Chief of the Case Center for Business as Agent of Work Benefit’s global inquiry and directs the Center’s Institute for Advances in Appreciative Inquiry. He was part of the group that originated the Appreciative Inquiry approach and continues to both apply and study the applications of AI in the Field. He has also served as a visiting faculty to Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium and to the Administrative Staff College of India.

Ron has consulted in the areas of human resource development and organizational change for the past twenty-five years with organizations including Ford, General Electric, Northern Telecom, Key Services Corporation, Mittal Steel, MSNBC, Greater Houston Mental Health Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the US Navy, World Vision and Roadway Express. ). He currently oversees AI applications in a variety of systems including World Vision, Lubrizol, Roadway Express, and the US Navy.

Dr. Fry is widely published in the areas of Organizational Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Team Building, Change Management, Executive Development and the role and functions of the CEO. His most recent work is part of the Taos Institute Focus Book series – Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity with Frank Barrett. He has recently co-edited Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the field (Quorum, 2001). Another of Ron’s recent publications is, Executive and Organizational Continuity: Managing the Paradoxes of Stability and Change (Jossey-Bass) a volume co-edited with Suresh Srivastva.