Sue Ashford

Sue Ashford

  • Michael & Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations
Education
  • PhD Northwestern University 1983
  • MS Northwestern University 1981
  • BA San Jose State University 1977

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 763-1091
Fax
(734) 936-6631
Email
Room
R4362

Susan (Sue) Ashford holds the Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professorship in Management and Organization at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She was previously on the faculty of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and received her MS and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University. She served as the Ross school’s Senior Associate Dean from 1998 – 2002, the Associate Dean for Leadership Development Programming from 2007 – 2010, the faculty director of the Executive MBA program from 2002 - 2012,  and the Area Chair for the Management and Organizations group from 2014 - 2021.

Sue has made research contributions in the areas of leadership development and leader effectiveness, middle management voice and issue selling, job insecurity, and individual proactivity (e.g., self-management and feedback seeking). She is currently researching how to thrive in the gig economy. Her research has been published in a variety of outlets, including the: Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Her research has been summarized as advice for managers in the Harvard Business Review, the Harvard Business Review blog, the Washington Post, and New York Magazine. Sue has served as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal and currently serves on its editorial board. In 2002, Sue was named a Fellow of the Academy of Management, recognizing the top 1% of scholars in a world-wide professional association of nearly 20,000 professors and practitioners interested in improving management scholarship, education, and practice. The Academy of Management also awarded her the prestigious Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Management in 2017. In 2020, Sue won the Lifetime Achievement award offered by the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management and was also named the Ross school's researcher of the year. Sue and her team won the inaugural visionary circle research grant offered by the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Sue’s passion is using her teaching and research work to help people to be maximally effective in their work settings, with an emphasis on self-leadership, proactivity, change from below, and leadership and its development. She teaches at the Ross School, focusing on negotiation skills in the Executive  and online MBA programs, and Is the faculty director for the Emerging Leaders Program in Ross’ Executive Education portfolio. She also teaches in Two programs aimed at accelerating careers for women: Ascending to the C-suite program for Inforum, a professional organization committed to Women's careers in Michigan and the Leading Women Executives program in Chicago.

Featured Books

The Power of Flexing: How to Use Small Daily Experiments to Create Big Life-Changing Growth

The Power of Flexing: How to Use Small Daily Experiments to Create Big Life-Changing Growth
Susan Ashford

A personnel shift at your organization puts you into a leadership role you don't feel prepared for. 

Your boss tells you that you seem aloof and unapproachable in client meetings. 

You need to win the support of the members of a local community group for a project you feel passionate about.

Addressing these diverse issues depends on improving your soft skills—such as time management, team building, communication and listening, creative...

The Power of Flexing: How to Use Small Daily Experiments to Create Big Life-Changing Growth

Authors
Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
10/2021

Source

Harper Collins Business

The Power of Flexing: How to Use Small Daily Experiments to Create Big Life-Changing Growth

Authors
Susan Ashford
Published Date
10/2021

Source

HarperCollins Business
978-0-06-301157-1

Proactive Feedback Seeking: The Power of Seeing Yourself as Others See you.

Authors
Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2013

Source

Best Practices for Experience-Based Leadership Development.
Authors
Ashford, S. J. Sytch, M. & Greer, L.
Published Date
08/20/2020

Source

HBR.org
Volume: 
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Issue: 
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Pages: 
1-6
Authors
Ashford, S. J., Sytch, M. & Greer, L.
Published Date
08/2020

Source

Harvard Business Review online
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Authors
De Stobbeleir, K., Ashford, S. J. & Zhang, C.
Published Date
2020

Source

Human Relations
Volume: 
73
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
303-325
Authors
Zhang, C, Nahrgang, J., Ashford, S.J. & DeRue, D. Sl
Published Date
05/28/2020

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
1138-1158
Authors
Petriglieri, G., Ashford, S. J., & Wrzesniewski, A.
Published Date
2019

Source

Administrative Science Quarterly
Volume: 
64
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
124-170

Are you ready to go freelance?

Authors
Caza, B., Ashford, S. J., Reid, E., & McCallum, D.
Published Date
2019

Source

HBR.org
Authors
Ashford, S. J. & Sitkin, S.
Published Date
11/2019

Source

Leadership Quarterly
Volume: 
30
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
454-460
Authors
Heslin, P. Keating, L., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2019

Source

Journal of Vocational Behavior
Volume: 
104
Issue: 
8
Pages: 
1058-1076

Individuals and the New World of Work: A Research Agenda

Authors
Ashford, S. J., Caza, B. & Reid, E.
Published Date
2019

Source

Research in Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
38
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
23-41
Authors
Mayer, D., Ong, M., Sonenshein, S. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2019

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
104
Issue: 
8
Pages: 
1058-1076

To Get Companies to Take Action on Social Issues, Emphasize Morals, Not the Business Case

Authors
Mayer, D., Ong, M. Sonnenshein, S. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2019

Source

Harvard Business Review Blog
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Authors
McCallum, D. Ashford, S. J., & Caza, B.
Published Date
2019

Source

HBR.org
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Issue: 
-
Pages: 
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A self-consistency motivation analysis of employee reactions to job insecurity: The roles of organization-based self-esteem and proactive personality.

Authors
Lin, X. S., Chen, Z. X., Ashford, S. J., Lee, C., & Qian, J.
Published Date
2018

Source

Journal of Business Research
Volume: 
92
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
168-178
Authors
Lee, C., Huang, G.H., & Ashford,S. J.
Published Date
03/2018

Source

Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
335-359.
Authors
Petriglieri, G. P., Ashford, S. J., & Wrzesniewski, A.
Published Date
03/2018

Source

Harvard Business Review
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NA
Issue: 
NA
Pages: 
162-165.
Authors
Ashford, S.J., Sully-De Luque, M., Wellman, N., DeStobblier, K. M., & Wollan, M.
Published Date
01/2018

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
72-95
Authors
Huang, G., Wellman, N., Ashford, S. J., Lee, C. & Li
Published Date
2017

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
102
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
26-42
Authors
Keating, L. A., Heslin, P. A., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
08/2017

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
-
Issue: 
-
Pages: 
46-47
Authors
Ashford, S. J. & Detert, J.
Published Date
2015

Source

Harvard Business Review
Volume: 
93
Issue: 
1/2
Pages: 
72-79
Authors
DeRue, D.S., Nahrgang, J.D., & Ashford, S.J.
Published Date
2015

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
26
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
1192-1209
Authors
Ashford, S. J., DeStobbelier, K. & Nujella, M.
Published Date
7/2015

Source

Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
3
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
213-239
Authors
Lam, C., Liang, J., Ashford, S. J., & Lee, C.
Published Date
2015

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
100
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
499-510

The Power of Peers: Antecedents and Outcomes of Peer Feedback Seeking Behavior.

Authors
De Stobblier, K. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2014

Source

Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings.
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
?
Pages: 
1428
Authors
Detert, J. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
12/2014

Source

Harvard Business Review blog
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Acting professional: an exploration of culturally bounded norms against nonwork role referencing

Authors
Uhlman, E. L., Heaphy, E., Ashford, S. J., Zhu, L. & Sanchez-Burks, J. S.
Published Date
2013

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
866-886

Having scholarly impact: The art of hitting academic home runs

Authors
Ashford, S. J.,
Published Date
2013

Source

Academy of Management Learning & Education
Volume: 
12
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
623-633

Reducing job insecurity and increasing performance ratings: does impression management matter?

Authors
Huang, G.-h, Zhao, H. H., Niu, X.-y., Ashford, S. G. & Lee, C.
Published Date
2013

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
98
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
852-862
Authors
Ashford, S. J. & DeRue, D. S.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
146-154
Authors
Ashford, S. J. & DeRue, D. S.
Published Date
2012

Source

Organizational Dynamics
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
146-154
Authors
Huang, E. Niu, P., Lee, C., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2012

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
33
Issue: 
6
Pages: 
752-769
Authors
DeRue, D. S., Ashford, S. J., & Myers, C. G.
Published Date
2012

Source

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
Volume: 
5
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
316-322
Authors
Northcraft, G, Schmidt, A., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2011

Source

Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume: 
96
Issue: 
5
Pages: 
1076-1086
Authors
DeStobbeleir, K. M. Ashford, S. J. & Buyens, D.
Published Date
2011

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
811-831
Authors
Grant, A. M., Nurmohamed, S. Ashford, S. J., & Dekas, K.
Published Date
2011

Source

Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Volume: 
116
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
241-251
Authors
Huang, G, Lee, C, Ashford, S, Chen, Z., & Ren, X
Published Date
2010

Source

International Studies of Management and Organization
Volume: 
40
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
20-39
Authors
Derue, D. S., & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2010

Source

Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice
Volume: 
3
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
24-27
Authors
De Stobbeleir, K. Ashford, S.J. & Deluque, M. S.
Published Date
2010

Source

Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Volume: 
83
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
347-369
Authors
DeRue, D. S. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2010

Source

Academy of Management Review
Volume: 
35
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
627

Job insecurity and the changing workplace: Recent developments and future trends in job insecurity research.

Authors
Lee, C., Huang, G.H., & Ashford,S. J.
Published Date
2018

Source

Annual Reviews
Pages: 
335-359
Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
Morgeson, F.

Issues Selling: Proactive Efforts Toward Organizational Change.

Authors
Ong, M. & Ashford, S. J.
Published Date
2017

Source

Routledge.
Pages: 
138-168
Proactivity at Work
Parker, S. & Bindl, U.

Assuming the mantle: Unpacking the process by which individuals internalize a leader identity.

Authors
DeRue, D. S., Ashford, S. J., & Cotton, N. C.
Published Date
2009

Source

Routledge
Pages: 
213-232
In Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation
L. M. Roberts & J. E. Dutton

Speaking up and speaking out: The leadership dynamics of voice in organizations.

Authors
Ashford, S. J., Sutcliffe, K. M., & Christianson, M. K.
Published Date
2009

Source

Emerald group publishing Ltd.
Pages: 
175-202.
Voice and Silence in Organizations
J. Greenberg and M. S. Edwards