Michelle Bligh

Drucker School of Management Professor Michelle Bligh

PhD, Management and Org. Behavior, SUNY Buffalo
MS, Org. Culture & Communication, SUNY Buffalo
BA, Anthropology, Pomona College

Areas of Expertise
Organizational Culture, Cross-Cultural Issues in Management

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Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior in Management

Michelle C. Bligh’s research interests focus on organizational culture and the role of leaders in influencing and changing corporate cultures, particularly in post-merger organizations. In addition, she studies charismatic leadership, interpersonal trust, and political and executive leadership.

Her work has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership, Employee Relations, The Leadership Quarterly, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and The Journal of Business Ethics, and she was awarded the 2003 Sage Outstanding Paper Award for Research Methods. She serves on the editorial review board of The Leadership Quarterly and is co-editor of a 2007 special issue of Applied Psychology: An International Review on follower-centric approaches to leadership. She also co-edited a book titled Follower-Centered Perspectives on Leadership: A Tribute to the Memory of James R. Meindl as part of the Leadership Horizons series.

Bligh has helped a variety of public and private sector organizations assess and improve their effectiveness in the areas of leadership development, organizational culture, and change management. Through her work at the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College, the Center for International Leadership in Buffalo, New York, and the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at California State University San Marcos, she has gained expertise in a number of industries, including local and state law enforcement, consulting, healthcare, and real estate.



Bligh, M. C., & Riggio, R. (Eds.). When Near is Far and Far is Near: Exploring Distance in Leader-Follower Relationships. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bligh, M. C., Kohles, J. C., & Pillai, R. (In press). Crisis and Charisma in the California Recall Election. In Collinson, D., Grint, K., & Jackson, B. (Eds.), Leadership, Sage Library of Business & Management. London, UK: Sage.

Al-Ani, B., Horspool, A., & Bligh, M. C. (August, 2011). Collaborating with ‘Virtual Strangers’: Towards Developing a Framework for Leadership in Distributed Teams. Leadership, 7(3).

Bligh, M. C., & Schyns, B. (In press). Leading Question: Contemporary Issues Surrounding the Romance of Leadership. In Bell, D. S. Political Leadership, Sage Library of Political Science. London, UK: Sage.

Bligh, M. C., Merolla, J., Schroedel, J. R., & Gonzalez, R. (In press). Finding Her Voice: Hillary Clinton’s Rhetoric in the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Women’s Studies.

Bligh, M. C., Schlehofer, M. M., Casad, B. J., & Gaffney, A. M. (In press). Competent Enough, But Would You Vote for Her? Gender Stereotypes and Media Influences on Perceptions of Women Politicians. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Bligh, M. C. (2010). Followership and Follower-Centred Approaches. In Bryman, A., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Uhl-Bien, M., & Collinson, D. (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Leadership (pp. 1180-1216). London, UK: Sage.



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