University of Southern California

Thomas Olson
Professor of Clinical Management and Organization

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

Phone: 
213-740-0758
Education: 
DBA/PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, UCLA

Overview

Thomas Hilton Olson's research and consulting focus is on strategy development and implementation, organization and human capital, leading change, and psych assessment and intervention. He has authored four books in the last five years, written 100+ scholarly articles, and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. He was a founding member, Careers Division, and Officer/Representative-at-Large, of the Academy of Management, Officer of the Personnel Testing Council, and member of the Board of the APA and three corporations. Professor Olson is the Director of the Consulting Concentration at USC, prior equity holder (Partner) with Booz and has led hundreds of consulting engagements for private and public organizations across the globe in industry and for USC.

Research

“Improving Organizational and Employee-level Diagnosis: Continuing Development of Paradigms Based in the DSM and Positive Psychology” 2012
“Variations on the Design and Teaching of Management Consulting - Discipline Discussion and Analysis without Practice Are Not Sufficient” 2012
"Advancing Contemporary Concepts to Enhance Performance: Integrating Coaching with Organizational-level Diagnoses and Interventions - Revised" 2011
“Design and Teaching of a Management Consulting Course—Discipline Courses Are Not Sufficient” 2011
Consulting - Teaching Professional Practice Is Not Enough 2010
Consulting Today and Tomorrow Casebook 2010
Consulting Today and Tomorrow Teaching Manual 2010
Daring to Care: Using Traditional Concepts to Diagnose and Improve Performance 2010
“Advancing Contemporary Concepts to Enhance Performance: Integrating Coaching with Organizational-level Diagnoses and Interventions,” for Division 14, Industrial & Organizational Psychology - Skill Building Session sym11409, National American Psychologica 2010
“Continuous Improvement of Consulting Psychology: Using DSM to Address Changing Needs and to Enhance Organizational Diagnoses,” for Division 13, Consulting - Paper Session ind112139, National American Psychological Association, Washington DC, August 2011 2010
“Organizational and Employee-level Diagnosis: New Paradigms Based in the DSM and Positive Psychology,” for Division 14, Industrial & Organizational Psychology - Conversation Hour Session sym11492, National American Psychological Association, Washington DC 2010
“Organizational Diagnosis Models and Tools: What can be Used and Developed from Taxonomies in Medicine and Psychology?,” for Division 14, Industrial & Organizational Psychology - Paper Session ind112166, National American Psychological Association, Wash 2010
Consulting Today and Tomorrow Casebook - initial draft release 2009
Consulting Today and Tomorrow Teaching Manual - initial draft release 2009
Education for Management Consulting 2009
Management Consulting – a Developing Global Practice 2009
The Contemporary Consultant - Insights from World Experts 2009
The Contemporary Consultant Casebook 2009
Emerging Consulting and Action Research Models: Paradigms, Skills and Applications (with J. A.Gebhardt, T. Thatchenkery and K. McGee) 2008
Prior to, and including, USC hire - present: Many articles submitted and accepted for presentation - see CV for details 2008
The Design and Teaching of a Management Consulting Course - Discipline Courses Are Not Sufficient (with Susan Adams, Larry Greiner, Flemming Poulfelt and Alberto Zanzi 2008
Using DSM for Organizational Diagnosis: Renewed Application Rationale 2007
Consulting to Improve Organizational and Leadership Health 2006
Improving Leader and Organization Health: Older Established Diagnostics / Better Results 2006
Diagnosing the Organization with Psychology’s DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders): An Old Tool for a New Field 2005
Improving Leader and Organization Health: Older Established Diagnostics/ Better Results 2005
Moving Management Consulting International 2005
The Contemporary Consultant Casebook 2005
The Contemporary Consultant CasebookTeaching Manual 2005
Behavioral Aspects of Corporate Planning (revision) 1980
Career Concepts and Decision Styles 1980
The Impact of Careers on Organization Processes 1980
Self Renewal and Career Development 1979
"Developing the Case Analysis-Insights for the Practitioner"
"Diagnosing the Organization with Psychology's DSM: An Old Tool for a New Field"