Dr. David Szabla

Biography

Dr. David Szabla leads the Master of Arts in Organizational Change Leadership Program at WMU where he teaches courses in group dynamics, large-scale organizational change, and organization design. His research and writing centers on resistance to change and the relationships among the content, process, and context of organizational change. Recently, Dr. Szabla completed a study that explored the relationship between change agent strategy and organizational change content. He is also developing and validating two measures: one that assesses perception of change strategy as perceived by those undergoing an organizational change and one that assesses receptivity to organizational change along cognitive, emotional, intentional, and behavioral dimensions. Dr. Szabla is chief editor of a new Palgrave McMillan Handbook titled, Great Organizational Change Thinkers.

The handbook introduces readers to the treasures of thought about change in organizations by profiling the great thinkers of organizational change from Lewin to Scharmer. Dr. Szabla’s consulting expertise centers on organization design, leadership development, change management, learning systems design, process reengineering, and strategic communication design. He has been published in Research in Organizational Change and Development, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Emergence: Complexity and Organization, and The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management. He is a member of the Management Consulting and Organization Development and Change Divisions of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Leadership Association.

PUBLICATION HIGHTLIGHTS

Refereed Journal Articles
Szabla, D. B., & Dardick, W. (2016). In Press. The Perception of Change Strategy Scale: Validating the Measure, In A. B. Shani, W. A. Pasmore, R. W. Woodman, & D. A. Noumair, Research in Organizational Change and Development, Volume 24. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Szabla, D. B., Stefanchin, J., & Warner, L. (2013). Connecting organizational change content and change strategy: Has theory become practice? In A. B. Shani, W. A. Pasmore, R. W. Woodman, & D. A. Noumair, Research in Organizational Change and Development, Volume 21. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Schwandt, D. R., & Szabla, D. B. (2013). Structuration theories and complex adaptive systems: Inroads to describing human interaction dynamics. Special Issue of Emergence: Complexity and Organization.

Hurst, R., & Szabla, D. B. (2010). Acculturation in cross-border acquisitions: A theoretical framework for dissecting the process. International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management, 9(12), 147-166.

Szabla, D. B. (2007). A multidimensional view of resistance: Exploring cognitive, emotional, and intentional responses to planned organizational change across different change leadership strategies, Human Resource Development Quarterly, 18(4), 525-558.

Books
Szabla, D. B., Pasmore, W. A., Barnes, M. A., & Gipson, A. N. (2017). The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chapters in Books
Schwandt, D. R., & Szabla, D. B. (2007). System structuring and leadership: Coevolution or mutual evolution towards complexity? In J. K. Hazy, J. A. Goldstein, & B. B. Lichtenstein, Complex systems leadership theory (pp. 35-60). Mansfield, MA: ISCE Publishing.

Szabla, D. B. (2015). Ron Lippitt: The Master of Planned Change. In D. B. Szabla, W. A. Pasmore, M. A. Barnes & A. N. Gipson, The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Refereed Conference Proceedings
Szabla, D. B., Dardick, W., & Devlin, J. The perception of strategy scale: Validating the measure. Proceedings of the 2015 Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada.

Szabla, D. B., McDonald, P., Barnes, M., & W. Lundblad. A comparative historical analysis of the perplexing construct of leadership. Proceedings of the 2014 International Leadership Association Conference, San Diego, CA.

Szabla, D. B., Stefanchin, J., & Warner, L. (2014). Connecting organizational change content and change strategy: Has theory become practice? Proceedings of the 2012 Academy of Management Conference, Organization Development and Change Division, Boston, MA.

Meneses, L., & Szabla, D. B. (2013). Developing intercultural competence in higher education. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change Management in Organizations, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Szabla, D. B. (2012). The human reaction system. Proceedings of the 2012 Academy of Management Conference, Organization Development and Change Division, Boston, MA.

Szabla, D. B. (2012). Resistance: A positive organizational scholarship conceptualization. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, Chicago, IL.

Szabla, D. B., Stefanchin, J., Warner, L., & Robinson, M. (2010). Organizational change content and change leadership strategy: What is the connection? 2010 New Horizon’s Research Conference, The George Washington University, Ashburn, VA.

Hurst, R., & Szabla, D. B. (2009). Culture’s influence: Acculturation in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, Boston, MA.

Szabla, D. B. (2009). The human reaction and action system. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, 2009, Boston, MA.

Szabla, D. B. (2008). Linking performance reviews to continuous system improvement. Proceedings of the 1st European Reward Management Conference 2008, Brussels, Belgium.

Szabla, D. B. (2007). A multidimensional view of resistance: Exploring cognitive, emotional, and intentional responses to planned organizational change across different change leadership strategies. Proceedings of the 2007 International Academy of Human Resources Development Research Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Editorials
Szabla, D. B., & McDonald, P. (July, 2015). Comparative historical research: A research methodology for understanding the shifting, perplexing, and curious field of leadership. International Leadership Association Member Connector.

Book Reviews
Northouse, P. G. (2007). Leadership: Theory and Practice. Sage Publications, Inc.