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Dave Ulrich Awarded Honorary Doctorate


PROVO, UT – July 26, 2007 – Dave Ulrich was presented with an honorary doctorate during the University of Abertay Dundee’s graduation ceremonies in recognition of his achievements in business strategy research on July 5.

Ulrich is a Partner and co-founder of The RBL Group and a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Professionally, he studies how organizations build capabilities of speed, learning, collaboration, accountability, talent, and leadership through leveraging human capital. He has helped generate multiple award winning data bases that assess alignment between strategies, human resource practices and HR competencies.

Together with The RBL Group partners Wayne Brockbank and Norm Smallwood, Ulrich is the dean of the Human Resource Learning Partnership, recognized as the best executive program in human resource management and co-author of the Human Resource Competency Study, the largest global study of the HR profession. He is the author and co-author of a dozen books including Leadership Brand to be published this fall by Harvard Business School Press and over 100 articles, on the board of HR Planning and HR Management Journal among other publications, and a member of the board of directors of Herman Miller.

Ulrich has won various awards for his contributions to leadership, human resources, and organizational effectiveness. BusinessWeek has ranked him as the top management educator and guru and was named a top consultant and CEO executive coach by Forbes. Recently HR Magazine described him as the most influential person in human resources. Ulrich earned his PhD from UCLA and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.

Four honorary degrees were presented during the summer graduation ceremonies. The other recipients were Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, world-famous explorer; Dr Chris Masters, former chairman of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council; Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairman and managing director of Biocon.


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