University of Southern California

Thomas Cummings
Chair of the Department of Management and Organization & Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Phone: 
213-740-0733
Education: 
PhD, UCLA; MBA, BS, Cornell University

Overview

Tom Cummings is a leading expert in designing high-performing organizations and strategic change. He has published more than 20 books, including Handbook of Organization Development and Organizational Development and Change, and more than 60 articles. He has served on the editorial board or as editor for 10 journals, including Academy of Management Review. He received best paper awards in 1990 and 1994, and in 2007 received a Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Management. Professor Cumming served as President of the Academy of Management, the leading professional organization for scholars in management and organization.

Research

Kizilos, M., Cummings, C., and Cummings, T. G. (2013) "How High-Involvement Work Processes Increase Organization Performance: The Role of Organizational Citizenship Behavior," Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 49 (4), 413–436.
Cummings, T. G., and Worley, C. (2013) "Organization Development and Change, 10th Edition," Cengage Publishers 811.
Cummings, T. G., and Cummings, C. (2012) "A Cognitive Inquiry into Knowledge Change," Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings (2012), 6.
Glassman, A., and Cummings, T. G. (2011) "The Wilderness Years at JMI," Journal of Management Inquiry, 20 (4), 343-348.
Cummings, T. G., "18," in Lawler, E., and Mohrman, S., eds., Useful Research : Advancing Theory and Practice, Barrett-Koehler, San Francisco 2011.
Cummings, T. G., and Feyerherm, A. (2011) "Large-Scale System Change,".
Greiner, L. E., and Cummings, T. G. (2009) "Dynamic Strategy Making," Jossey-Bass.
Cummings, T. G., Handbook of Organization Development, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 2008.
Cummings, T. G., "1," in Cummings, T., eds., Handbook of Organization Development, Sage Publications. Thousand Oaks, CA 2008.
Cummings, T. G., "35," in Cummings, T., eds., Handbook of Organization Development, Sage Publications: Newbury Park, CA 2008.
Schwartz, G., Clegg, S., Cummings, T. G., Donaldson, L., and Miner, J. (2007) "We See Dead People? The State of Organization Science," Journal of Management Inquiry, 16 (4), 300-317.
Cummings, T. G. (2007) "Presidential Address: Quest for an Engaged Academy," Academy of Management Review, 32 (2), 355-360.
Cummings, T. G., and Feyerherm, A., "Large-Scale System Change," in Rothwell, , and Sullivan & McClean, , eds., Practicing Organization Development, Jossey Bass 2005.
Cummings, T. G., "Open Systems," in Nicholson, N., Audia, P., and Pillutla, M., eds., Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management: Organizational Behavior, Blackwell Publishers 2005.
Cummings, T. G., and Worley, C., Organization Development and Change, South-Western Publishing, Cincinnati, OH 2005.
Cummings, T. G., "Intervention Strategies in Management Consulting," in Greiner, L., and Poufelt, F., eds., Handbook of Management Consulting, South-Western Publishing, Cincinnati, OH 2005.
Cummings, T. G., "Systems Theory," in Nicholson, N., Audia, P., and Pillutla, M., eds., Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management: Organizational Behavior, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford 2005.
Cummings, T. G., "Organization Development and Change: Foundations and Applications," in Boonstra, J., eds., Wiley Handbook in the Psychology of Management in Organizations: Dynamics of Organizational Change and Learning, John Wiley & Sons 2004.
Greiner, L. E., Bhambri, A., and Cummings, T. G. (2003) "Searching for a Strategy to Teach Strategy," Academy of Management Learning & Education , 2 (4).
Greiner, L. E., Bhambri, A., and Cummings, T. G. (2003) "When New CEOs Succeed and Fail: 4-D Theory of Transformation," Organizational Dynamics, 32 (1), 1-16.
Greiner, L. E., Bhambri, A., and Cummings, T. G. (2003) "Looking for a Strategy to Teach Strategy," Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2 (4), 402-420.
Bennis, W., Spreitzer, G., and Cummings, T. G., Bennis, W., Spreitzer, G., and Cummings, T., eds. The Future of Leadership: Today's Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomorrow's Leaders, Jossey-Bass 2001.
Spreitzer, G., and Cummings, T. G., "The Leadership Challenges of the Next Generation," in Bennis, , Spreitzer, , and Cummings, , eds., The Future of Leadership: Today's Top Leadership Thinkers Speak to Tomorrow's Leaders, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 2001.
Cummings, T. G., "Section IV: Culture and Change," in Cooper, , Earley, , and Cartwright, , eds., Handbook of Organizational Culture and Climate, John Wiley & Sons, London 2001.
Cummings, T. G., and Worley, C., Organization Development and Change, South-Western Publishing, Cincinnati 2000.
Cummings, T. G., "Closed and Open Systems, Organizational," in Smelser, N., and Baltes, P., eds., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Pergamon, New York 2000.
Pelled, L. H., Cummings, T. G., and Kizilos, M. A., "The Influence of Organizational Demography on Customer-Oriented Prosocial Behavior. An Exploratory Investigation," in , Journal of Business Research 2000.
Cummings, T. G., and Worley, C., Essentials of Organizations Development and Change, South Western Publishing, Cincinnati, OH 2000.
Cummings, T. G. (2000) "Misuse of Case Method in OD&C Education," Organization Development Journal, 18 (4), 103-104.
Cummings, T. G., and Worley, C. (1999) "The Dynamics of Strategic Change in Hospitals: Managed Care Strategies, Organization Design, and Performance," International Journal of Public Administration, 23 (4), 221-34.
Cummings, T. G., "Leading Organization Change: Towards a Balanced Perspective," in Spreitzer, G., Conger, J., and Lawler, E., eds., Leading Organization Change, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1998.
Synder, W., and Cummings, T. G. (1998) "Organizational Learning Disorders," Human Relations, 51 (7).
Cummings, T. G., and Cooper, C. L., "A Cybernetic Theory of Occupational Stress," in Cooper, C., eds., Theoretical Advances in Work Stress, John Wiley, New York 1998.
Cummings, T. G., "Socio-Technical Systems: An Intervention Strategy," in Burke, W., eds., Current Issues and Strategies in Organization Development, Behavioral Publications, New York 1997.
Cummings, T. G., and Worley, C., Organization Development and Change, South-Western Publishing, Cincinnati 1997.
Cummings, T. G., "Systems Theory," in Nicholson, N., eds., Blackwell Dictionary of Organizational Behavior, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford 1995.
Cummings, T. G., and Feyerherm, A., "Interventions in Large Systems," in Rothwell, W., Sullivan, R., and McLean, G., eds., Practicing the Art of Organization Development, University Associates, San Diego 1995.
Cummings, T. G., and Kizilos, M. (1995) "A Participatively Designed Shift System Reduces Turnover in a Glass Factory," National Productivity Review, 14 (4).
Cummings, T. G., "Open Systems," in Nicholson, N., eds., Blackwell Dictionary of Organizational Behavior, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford 1995.
Cummings, T. G., and Glassman, A. M., "Breaking Frames: The Creation of JMI," in Frost, P., and Cummings, L., eds., Publishing in the Social Sciences, Sage Publishers, Newbury Park, CA 1995.
Cummings, T. G., "Quality of Work Life," in Nicholson, N., eds., Blackwell Dictionary of Organizational Behavior, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford 1995.
Cummings, T. G. (1995) "From Programmed Change to Self Design: Learning How to Change Organizations," Organization Development Journal, 13 (4).
Kizilos, M., and Cummings, T. G., "Achieving Superior Customer Service Through Employee Involvement: An Empirical Investigation," in Best Papers Proceedings, Academy of Management 1994.
Cummings, T. G., and Worley, C., Organization Development and Change, West Publishing, Saint Paul, MN 1993.
Cummings, T. G., "Socio-Technical Consultation," in Golembiewski, R., eds., Handbook of Organizational Consultation, Marcel Dekker, New York 1993.
Cummings, T. G., and Kirby, M., "Organization Development in Different Classes of Organizations," in Tosi, H., eds., Environment/Organization/Person Contingency Model, JAI Press, Greenwich, CT 1992.
Glassman, A., and Cummings, T. G. (1991) "Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: Transorganzational Intervention," Irwin.
Cummings, T. G., and Glassman, A., "The Evolving Field of Organization Development," in Glassman, A., and Cummings, T., eds., Cases in Organization Development, Richard D. Irwin, Homewood, Il 1991.
Cummings, T. G. (1991) "Alum Corporation: Union/Management Cooperation Intervention," Richard D. Irwin.
Glassman, A., and Cummings, T. G., Cases in Organization Development, Richard D. Irwin, Homewood, Il 1991.
Cummings, T. G., and Nathan, M., "Organizational Structure and Environmental Change," in Tamir, A., eds., Trade Policies and International Business Decisions, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1990.
Chase, R. B., Bowen, D., and Cummings, T. G., Service Management Effectiveness, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1990.
Nathan, M., and Cummings, T. G., "Collective Strategies for Technological Innovation: The Case of Ulniversity-Idustry R&D Consortia," in Kilmann, R., eds., Making Organizations More Competitive, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1990.
Bowen, D., and Cummings, T. G., "What if We Really Took Service Management Seriously?," in Bowen, D., Chase, R., and Cummings, T., eds., Service Management Effectiveness, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1990.
Cummings, T. G., "Executive Appreciation and the Creation of Transorganizational Systems," in Srivastva, S., eds., The Functioning of Executive Appreciation, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1990.
Mohrman, M., Ledford Jr., G., Lawler, E. E., and Cummings, T. G., Cummings, T., eds. Large-Scale Organization Change, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1989.
Cummings, T. G., and Huse, E., Organization Development and Change, West Publishing, Saint Paul, MN 1989.
Cummings, T. G. (1989) "Organizational Change in Its Context," Administrative Science Quarterly.
Cummings, T. G. (1989) "Productive Workplaces," Human Resource Management.
Glassman, A., Berger-Davidson, N., and Cummings, T. G. (1988) "Industrial Relations: Reports from the Firing Line," Business Publications.
Cummings, T. G., and Blumberg, M., "Work Design and New Manufacturing Technology," in Wall, T., eds., The Human Implications of New Manufacturing Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester 1987.
Cummings, T. G. (1987) "Concluding Note: Future Directions in Socio-Technical Systems Theory and Research," Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
Cummings, T. G., and Metzger, R. (1987) "Profitability and the Role of Self-Design: A Banking Application," National Productivity Review.
Cummings, T. G., and Mohrman, S., "Self-Designing Organizations: Towards Implementing Quality-of-Work-Life Innovations," in Pasmore, W., and Woodman, R., eds., Research in Organizational Change and Development, JAI Press, Greenwich, CT 1987.
Cummings, T. G., and Maxey, C., "Labor Law and Organization Development," in , Consultation 1986.
Cummings, T. G. (1986) "Experiential Learning and Change," Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
Mallinger, M. A., and Cummings, T. G. (1986) "Improving the Value of Performance Appraisals," SAM Advanced Management Journal.
Lawler, E. E., Mohrrman, M., Mohrman, S. A., Ledford, G., and Cummings, T. G., Producing Knowledge for Theory and Practice, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1985.
Glassman, A., and Cummings, T. G. (1985) "Industrial Relations: A Multidimensional View," Scott, Foresman.
Mohrman, S. A., and Cummings, T. G., Self-Designing Organizations, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA 1985.
Cummings, T. G., and Mohrman, S. A., "Assessing Innovative Organization Designs: Beyond Traditional Evaluation Research," in Tannenbaum, R., eds., Human Systems Development, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1985.
Cummings, T. G., Mohrman, M., Mohrman, S. A., and Ledford, G., "Organization Design for the Future: A Collaborative Research Approach," in Lawler III, E., eds., Doing Research That is Useful for Theory and Practice, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1985.
Lawler, E. E., Mohrman, A. M., Ledford, S. A., Ledford, G. E., Cummings, T. G., and and Associates, , Doing research that is useful for theory and practice, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, California 1985.
Huse, E., and Cummings, T. G. (1985) "Organization Development and Change," West Publishing (3).
Mohrman, S. A., Mohrman, Jr., A. M., Ledford, JR., G. E., Cummings, T. G., and Lawler, E. E., "Epilogue: Walking the Tightrope Between Practice and Theory," in Lawler, III, E., eds., Doing Research That Is Useful for Theory and Practice, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 1985.
Greiner, L. E., Cummings, T. G., and Blumenthal, J. F. (1984) "Managing Organizational Decline: The Case for TransOrganizational Systems," Human Resources Management.
Cummings, T. G., "Designing Work for Productivity and Quality of Work Life," in Warrick, D., eds., Comtemporary Organization Development: Current Thinking and Applications, Scott, Foresman, Glenview, IL 1984.
Fulk, J., and Cummings, T. G., "Refocusing Leadership: A Modest Proposal," in Hunt, J., eds., Leaders and Managers: International Perspectives on Managerial Behavior and Leadership, Pergamon Press, New York 1984.
Cummings, T. G., "Transorganizational Development," in 1983.
Mohrman, S. A., Cummings, T. G., and Lawler, E. E., "Creating Useful Knowledge with Organizations: Relationship and Process Issues," in Kilman, R., eds., Producing Useful Knowledge for Organizations, Praeger Publishers, New York 1983.
Mohrman, S. A., and Cummings, T. G., "Implementing Quality of Work Life Programs by Managers," in Ritvo, R., and Sargent, A., eds., NTL Manager's Handbook, NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science, Washington, D.C. 1983.
Cummings, T. G., "Systems Theory and Organization Development: Towards Conceptual Unity," in Sherwood, S., eds., Organization Development: Theory and Practice, American Society for Training and Development, Washington, D.C. 1983.
Cummings, T. G., "Designing Effective Work Groups," in Nystrom, P., and Starbuck, W., eds., Handbook of Organizational Design, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England 1981.
Cummings, T. G., "Interorganizational Theory and Organization Development," in Cummings, T., eds., Systems Theory for Organization Development, John Wiley, Chichester, England 1980.
Cummings, T. G., Cummings, T., eds. Systems Theory for Organization Development, John Wiley & Sons, England 1980.
Cummings, T. G., and Cooper, C. (1979) "A Cybernetic Framework for Studying Occupational Stress," Human Relations.
Cummings, T. G., and Markus, L., "A Socio-Technical Systems View of Organizations," in Cooper, C., eds., Behavioral Problems in Management, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 1979.
Chisholm, R., and Cummings, T. G. (1979) "Job Characteristics, Alienation, and Work-Related Behavior: A Study of Professional Employees," Journal of Management.
Cummings, T. G. (1978) "Cases in Organizations: Behavior, Structure, and Processes," Interfaces.
Cummings, T. G., "Socio-Technical Experimentation: A Review of 16 Selected Studies," in Pasmore, W., and Sherwood, J., eds., Sociotechnical Systems: A Sourcebook, University Associates, San Diego, CA 1978.
Cummings, T. G. (1978) "Evaluating Work Design Experiments: Notes on Euler's Research," Organization and Administrative Studies.
Brousseau, K., and Cummings, T. G. (1978) "Handbook of Organizational and Industrial Psychology," Contemporary Psychology.
Cummings, T. G. (1978) "Self-Regulating Work Groups: A Socio-Technical Synthesis," Academy of Management Review.
Cummings, T. G., and Srivastva, S., Management of Work: A Socio-Technical Systems Approach, Kent State University Press, Kent, OH 1977.
Cummings, T. G., and Molloy, E. (1977) "A Methodological Critique of 58 Selected Work Experiments," Human Relations.
Cummings, T. G. (1977) "Organization Theory," Interfaces.
Cummings, T. G., and Molloy, E. S., Improving Productivity and the Quality of Work Life, Praeger Publishers, New York 1977.
Cummings, T. G., and Manring, S. (1977) "The Relationship Between Worker Alienation and Work-Related Behavior," Journal of Vocational Behavior.
Srivastva, S., Salipante, P., Cummings, T. G., Notz, W., Bigelow, J., and Waters, J., Job Satisfaction and Productivity, Kent State University Press, Kent, OH 1977.
Cummings, T. G., and Bigelow, J. (1976) "Satisfaction, Job Involvement, and Intrinsic Motivation: An Extension of Lawler and Hall's Factor Analysis," Journal of Applied Psychology.
Cummings, T. G., and Salipante, P. (1976) "The Development of ResearchBased Strategies for Improving the Quality of Work Life," John Wiley & Sons.
Cummings, T. G., and Griggs, W. (1976) "Worker Reactions to Autonomous Work Groups: Conditions for Functioning, Differential Effects, and Individual Differences," Organization and Administrative Sciences.
Cummings, T. G., Molloy, E., and Glen, R. (1975) "Intervention Strategies for Improving Productivity and the Quality of Work Life," Organizational Dynamics.