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Curriculum VitaeAssociate Professor, International Business and Strategy

Bert A. Spector

312B Hayden Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115-5000




PhD in American History, University of Missouri
MA in American History, University of Missouri
BA in American History, University of Missouri

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Spector has research and teaching interests in strategic leadership, change management, and business model innovation.

Industry & Academic Experience

Professor Spector was co-director of the FBI's Emerging Executive program. He has consulted with organizations such as Arbella Insurance, James River, Motorola, the Radisson Edwardian Hotels, Coloplast of North America, and Ricoh, U.K. on issues relating to leadership, strategy, and change. He has also been a Visiting Senior Lecturer at MIT's Senior Executive Program, a visiting professor at INSEAD (France), MIT's Sloan School of Management, and an Associate of the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiations.

Services to the Profession

Professor Spector is a member of the Academy of Management. He is on the editorial board of Leadership.

Awards & Recognition

Humanities Fellow, Northeastern University Humanities Center (2014-2015).

Best Paper, Academy of Management, Human Resources Division (August 2010).

Best Paper, Academy of Management, Management History Division. (August 2007).

Research Grant, National Science Foundation, “Barriers to Global Innovation" (2004-2006).


Selected Publications

Spector, B. (2016). Discourse on Leadership: A Critical Appraisal. Cambridge University Press.

Spector, B. (2016). "Executive Incentives as an Instrument of Leadership – Says Who?" Leadership.

Spector, B. (2013). Implementing Organizational Change: Theory into Practice, 3rd edition. Pearson.

Spector, B. (2013). Understanding Your Business Client. American Bar Association.


Selected Presentations

"Reconsidering Leadership Discourse." International Studying Leadership Conference. London (2015).

"Business Model Innovation: An Organizational Perspective," with José Santos and Ludo van der Hayden. The Organizational Dimension of Business Model Innovation Conference. Copenhagen Business School, (2013).

"Billy Wilder's 'The Apartment' and the Changing Popular Image of Corporate Life." Academy of Management. Anaheim (2008).

Selected Media Appearances

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