Tony Kortens, Ph.D.

3 Lincolnshire Court, Lafayette, CA 94549
Organization Afiliation: Envision International (Director), NTL (professional member)

Phone: 925-939-4177

Tony Kortens, Ph.D., is a scholar-practitioner based in the San Francisco Bay area with twenty years of international experience in the field of Organization Development. His training has included earning a doctoral degree from the Fielding Graduate University and practitioner training with the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science. Tony has successfully designed and facilitated a broad range of leadership, team and organization change initiatives across several continents. He has a broad range of consulting experiences with top teams; CEO conferences and complex system change efforts. More recent client engagements have focused on helping executives deal with the emerging challenges of leading the knowledge intensive organization. Current activities include executive / appreciative coaching, the development of international consultants, supervising doctoral leadership projects and participating as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Leadership Studies.
Tony recently co-authored an article on the topic of appreciative surprise, exploring opportunities for deep learning through a blending of arts / design and constructionist thought. He has also been designing progressive curricula that assess reflexive inquiry within the doctoral comprehensive assessment process. Other current projects involve the integration of constructionist theory into diversity programs and other applied settings. Tony recently participated in an International expedition to climb Ama Dablam in the Solo Khumbu valley near Everest. He is a qualified PADI scuba staff instructor, licensed mariner and owned a white water kayaking school in New Zealand.


  • Kortens, A., Johnston, E. (2010) Appreciative surprise. Journal of Corporate Citizenship. Issue 37. Spring 2010
  • Kortens, A. (2008) Book Review of “Denning, S. (2007). The secret language of leadership: How leaders inspire action through narrative.” San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 279 pp. ISBN 978-0-7879-8789-3. Journal of Leadership Studies, 2(3), 73-75.
  • Kortens, A. (2007). Can leadership knowledge flow across the scholarly boundaries? Journal of Leadership Studies, 1(1), 35-39.te
  • Kortens, A. (1999). When the house falls down : Exploding the myth of boundaryless organizations, Prototyping organization growth in a knowledge intensive firm. Paper presented at the National Organization Development Network, New Orleans, LA, USA.
  • Kortens, A. (1998). Relational capital in a high-tech organization: An ethnographic exploration. Unpublished Dissertation, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara.