Tojo Thatchenkery is Professor and Director of the Master's in Organization Development and Knowledge Management degree program at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government in Arlington, Virginia. He is featured as one of the leading change thinkers in the recently released Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers, 2017. Thatchenkery is a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science and the Taos Institute. He founded the Organizational Learning graduate program (OL/ ODKM) at Mason twenty one years ago. The professional degree has produced an impressive cadre of practitioners, consultants, entrepreneurs, and scholars who are leaders in social justice and organizational transformation.
Thatchenkery’s research has been funded by agencies such as the United States National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, and the U.S. Postal Service. He is the author of over a dozen books and one hundred articles. One of them, Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn was a Harvard Business Review recommended book. In another book, Making the Invisible VisibleThatchenkery introduced the concept of quiet leadership as a key driver for innovation in organizations. He has also written books on appreciative inquiry, knowledge management, sustainable development, social capital, organizational development, postmodernism, and information technology and economic development. They include Knowledge Creation and Organizational Well-being (2017), Organization Development through Strategic Management (2017), Managing complex organizational change (2016), Optimizing business growth: Strategies for scaling up (2016), Leveraging human factors for strategic change: An organizational culture perspective (2015), Understanding work experiences from multiple perspectives (2015), Organizational Transformation: Change Management Perspectives (2014), Strategic Initiatives for Competitive Advantage in the Knowledge Society (2014), Reframing Human Capital for Organizational Excellence (2013), Positive Initiatives for Organizational Change (2012), Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (2010), Leveraging Global Competiveness for Organizational Excellence (2010), Enhancing Organizational Performance through Strategic Initiatives (2009), Handbook on Management Cases (2008), Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management (2007), Information Communication Technology and Economic Development: Learning from the Indian Experience (2006), and Appreciative sharing of knowledge: Leveraging knowledge management for strategic change (2005).
Thatchenkery is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences and the Journal of Organizational Change Management and is the past Program Chair of the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management. He has over twenty five years of experience in teaching at various public policy, MBA, organization development, and executive development programs in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He founded the Organizational Learning Laboratory at the George W. Johnson Learning Center and served as its director from 1995 to 2000. During this time the facility was featured as one of the leading laboratories for organizational learning and knowledge management by the Academy of Management and the Project Management Journal and served clients such as Fannie Mae.
Thatchenkery has extensive consulting experience in change management, leadership development, organization design and strategy, and knowledge management. Past and current clients include Nokian Tyres, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, IBM, Fannie Mae, Booz Allen, PNC Bank, Lucent Technologies, General Mills, 3M, British Petroleum, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, U.S. Department of Treasury, USPS OIG, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Akbank (Turkey), Magnetrol, and the Tata Consulting Services (India). For more information, please visit www.appreciativeintelligence.com.
Areas of Research
- Appreciative Intelligence, Appreciative Inquiry, & Innovation
- Change Management and Organizational Development
- Industrial Organization
- Knowledge Management
- Nonprofit Management
- Public Administration
- Public Management
- Race and Ethnicity
- South Asia