Jim Ludema

Jim Ludema


BA, Philosophy, Calvin University
PhD, Organizational Behavior, Case Western University


Jim Ludema assumed the role of founding dean of the Calvin University School of Business in July 2021. Prior to coming to Calvin, Jim served as a professor of global leadership in the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business at Benedictine University, where he served since 1998. He was also founder and director of the university’s Center for Values-Driven Leadership, launched in 2008. Jim is a 1982 alumnus of Calvin and has an extensive network in the business world and consulting experience for Fortune 500 Companies, including McDonald’s, John Deere, Allstate, and Merck, to name a few. He has lived and worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

Academic interests

  • Strategic leadership and organizational change
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • The link between culture and profit in business


Forbes.com Column

  • For dozens of articles on leadership, culture, and organizational change, visit Jim Ludema & Amber Johnson’s com column here.

Select Books & eBooks

Select Articles & Chapters

  • Johnson, A. A., Huesing, T., Ludema, J. D., & Hinds, B. (2020). Shared leadership for a global future: How technology and globalization are changing the nature of leadership. In G. Perruci (Ed.) The Study and Practice of Global Leadership. Emerald Publishing.
  • Huesing, T., & Ludema, J. D. (2017). The nature of global leaders’ work. In J. S. Osland, M. Li, & M. E. Mendenhall, Advances in Global Leadership Volume 10. Bingley, UK: Emerald Resources.
  • Brown, S., Manning, M. R., & Ludema, J. D. (2016). Organization identity: It’s role in organization change. In A. B. Shani and D. Noumair (Eds.), Research in Organizational Change and Development (Vol. 24), UK: Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd.
  • Stoughton, A. M. & Ludema, J. D. (2012). The driving forces of sustainability. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 25, 4, 501-517.
  • Ludema, J. D., Laszlo, C., & Lynch, K. D. (2012). Embedding sustainability: How the field of organization development and change can help companies harness the next big competitive advantage. Research in Organizational Change and Development, 20, 265-299.
  • Sloyan, R. M. & Ludema, J. D. (2010). That’s not how I see it: How trust in the organization, leadership, process, and outcome influence individual responses to organizational change. Research in Organizational Change and Development, 18, 44-75.
  • DiVirgilio, M. E. & Ludema, J. D. (2009). Let’s talk: Creating energy for action through strategic conversations. Journal of Change Management, 22, 145-168.


  • Distinguished Educator Award, ODC Division, Academy of Management, 2021
  • Training Industry Top 10 Articles Readership Award (with Amber Johnson), 2020
  • Best Leadership Ph.D. Program in the US, HR.com, 2018
  • Outstanding Author Award (with Tina Heusing), Advances in Global Leadership, 2018
  • Best Leadership Ph.D. Program in the US, HR.com, 2017
  • Executive Committee, ODC Division, Academy of Management, 2013
  • Distinguished Faculty Award for External Service, Benedictine University, 2011
  • Benedictine University Commencement Speaker, 2009

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