Jude Olson currently serves on the faculty of University of Dallas, Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business MBA program, teaching “Emotional Intelligence for Effective Leadership,” “Managing Complex Organizations,” and the “Capstone” consulting skills course in the MBA program.

She is an accredited, professional coach and OD consultant providing leadership and transition coaching to individuals, teams and organizations—building on strengths for accelerated development. She is certified by the International Coaching Federation and was President of the North Texas Chapter. She coaches for local corporations. 

As Head Coach and Senior Consultant in Organization and Leadership Development with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas for the past 17 years, she was recognized for bringing innovation in consulting with senior management on major culture change initiatives, knowledge management, collaborative teaming, organization design and executive coaching. Her primary client was the F-35 Lightning II leadership team during its first 13 years of startup. 

A native of Pennsylvania, she earned a B.S. in Journalism and M.Ed in Counseling Psychology from Temple University; and a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She published in the Elsevier book on “Complex Collaboration” (2004), a chapter in the (2008) Jossey-Bass book, “The Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams: A Toolkit for Collaborating across Boundaries” and “Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter—Applying Appreciative Inquiry to Collaborative Startups” in the OD Network Journal which became an E-Book (2013). Published in the Sage publication, “Cases and Exercises in Organization Development & Change” (2017).

Dr. Olson is Faculty Advisor for Sigma Iota Epsilon - Sigma Zeta at UD, which is the student division of the Academy of Management and is an honorary and professional management fraternity. See https://udallas.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-of-business/students/sigmaiotaepsilon.php

Dr. Olson coordinates meetings for the DFW Organization Development Network professional association on UD's campus in SB Hall. Visit 
dfwodnet.org for more information.

She is now a Past President of the International Coaching Federation's North Texas Chapter beginning January, 2017. Visit www.icf-nt.com for more information.

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Why did you become a professor?
Develop the next generation of effective leaders who lead with values and emotional intelligence.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
Understanding the challenges that emerging leaders face in the workplace and offering practical approaches to meet them.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?
Self-awareness about their own leadership style and strategies to motivate others to collaborate and innovate.  Consulting skills to lead effective change.

What did you do prior to entering academia?
Led organizational change initiatives and coached executives at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in FW to design and build world class fighter aircraft.

What are you passionate about outside of the University?
Family, volunteer activities, writing and travel.    

What are your research interests?
How coaching can develop leaders. Managing in complex environments.

BUAD 6305. The Effective Leader
BUAD 8390. The Capstone Experience
MANA 6307. Managing Complex Organizations
DBUA 8111. Becoming a Scholar-Practitioner

Maellaro, R. & Olson, J. "The Story Behind the Story: Discovering and Addressing the Real Team Problem" for Anderson, D. L. (Ed.) (in press). Cases and exercises in organization development & change. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. January, 2017. 

Olson, J. & Barrett, F.J. (2013) Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter: Applying Appreciative Inquiry to Collaborative Startups. AU: International Centre for Complex Project Management, E-Book.

Olson, J. (2008). “Knowledge Transfer and Learning on Virtual Design Teams” chapter. In Nemiro, J. (Ed). Handbook of High Performance Virtual Teams: A Toolkit for Collaborating Across Boundaries. Jossey-Bass.

Barrett, F.J. & Olson, J. (2005). Inventing the Joint Strike Fighter: Applying Appreciative Inquiry to Collaborative Startups. OD Practitioner, 37:1, 35-41. 

Olson, J. (2004). Co-Development: Collaborating Across Boundaries on Joint Strike Fighter chapter In Beyerlein, M. Johnson, D. and Beyerlein, S. (Eds.). Complex Collaboration: Building the Capabilities for Working across Boundaries, 27-58. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Ltd.

Southwest Academy of Management Teaching and Learning Conference, Little Rock, AR: "Back-to-School for Big Kids: A Transition Course for New Mid-Life Doctoral Students" presentation. (March, 2017)

DFW OD Network, Irving, TX: "Executive Coaching & OD Consulting: Allies for Professional Development." (March, 2016)

Organization Development Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA: “Lightning Squad Reinvention: presentation. (October, 2014)

Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX: “Emergent Innovation through a Complexity Lens” symposium presentation. (2011)