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Michael Useem

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management

Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest

Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management

Research Interests: catastrophic and enterprise risk management., corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, and governance

Links: Personal Website


  • Michael Useem, Andrea Useem (2014), “Exceptional Frontline Performance: Learning from the Medal of Honor Tradition", Organizational Dynamics
  • Michael Useem, Rodrigo Jordán, Matko Koljatic (2011), “How to Lead During a Crisis: Lessons from the Rescue of the Chilean Miners", MIT Sloan Management Review, V. 53, no. 1, Fall, 2011, pp. 1-7.
  • Michael Useem (2010), “Four Lessons in Adaptive Leadership", Harvard Business Review, November, 2010.  Abstract  Related Materials
  • Jitendra Singh, Peter Cappelli, Harbir Singh, Michael Useem, The India Way: How India’s Top Business Leaders are Revolutionizing Management, Harvard Business Press (2010).  Related Materials
  • Peter Cappelli, Harbir Singh, Jitendra Singh, Michael Useem (2010), "Leadership Lessons From India", Harvard Business Review, 90-97.  Abstract
  • Michael Useem, Harbir Singh (2010), “The India Way: Lessons for the U.S.", Academy of Management Perspectives, 24 (2), 6 - 24.
  • Michael Useem (2006), “Oversight and Delegation in Corporate Governance: Deciding What the Board Should Decide", Corporate Governance
  • Michael Useem (2006), "How Well-Run Boards Make Decisions,", Harvard Business Review  Abstract
  • Michael Useem, The Go Point: When It’s Time to Decide, Crown Business/Random House (2006).  Related Materials
  • Michael Useem, James Cook, Larry Sutton (2005), "Developing Leaders for Decision Making Under Duress: Wildland Firefighters in the South Canyon Fire and Its Aftermath", Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2005, pp. 461-485.  Abstract
  • Michael Useem, Paul Asel, Jerry Useem, eds., Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits, Crown Business/Random House (2004).
  • Michael Useem, Leading Up, Crown Business/Random House (2003).
  • Michael Useem, The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All, Random House (1998).
  • Peter Cappelli, Laurie Bassi, David Knoke, Harry C. Katz, Paul Osterman, Michael Useem, Change at Work, Oxford University Press (1996).
  • Michael Useem, Investor Capitalism: How Money Managers are Changing the Face of Corporate America, Basic Books/HarperCollins (1996).
  • Michael Useem, Executive Defense, Harvard University Press (1993).
  • Michael Useem, Thomas A. Kochan, eds., Transforming Organizations, Oxford University Press (1992).
  • Michael Useem, Peter Doeringer et al., eds., Turbulence in the American Workplace, Oxford University Press (1991).
  • Michael Useem, Liberal Education and the Corporation: The Hiring and Advancement of College Graduates, Aldine de Gruyter (1989).
  • Michael Useem, The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Business Political Activity, Oxford University Press (1984).