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.
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)