Abraham Shani

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

Email: ashani@calpoly.edu
Phone: 805-756-1756
Office Location: 003-325

Rami is a Professor of Organization Behavior and Development and, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research at the Orfalea College of Business, California Polytechnic State University. He also served as a Research Professor at the School of Management, Politecnico di Milano, Milan Italy. In addition, Rami held a position of Research Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics during the 1991-2006 period. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in 1981. During his career Rami received many universities, national and international awards for teaching, research and research that impacts practice. He is the recipient of Cal Poly’s Distinguished Teaching Award and Cal Poly’s Distinguished Research Award.

He designed and led variety of courses, seminars and executive development programs in many universities and institutions of higher education around the globe in the areas of Organization Behavior, Organization Design, Organization Change and Development and, Research Methodologies.

His research interest includes work and organization design, organizational change and development, collaborative research methodologies, learning in and by organizations, sustainability and sustainable effectiveness. Rami is author, co-author or co-editor of many books and articles.

Most recent books include: “Research in Organization Change and Development, Volumes 16-22 (Emerald Publications, 2008-2014); “Fundamentals of Organization Development” (4 Volumes, SAGE, 2010); “Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness” (Emerald, 2011); “Organizing for Sustainable Health Care” (Emerald, 2012); “Reconfiguring the Ecosystem for Sustainable Healthcare” (Emerald, 2014); “Creating Sustainable Work Systems” (Routledge, 2002 and 2009); “Behavior in Organizations” (in its 9th edition, McGraw Hills-Irwin, 2009); “The Handbook of Collaborative Management Research” (SAGE, 2008); “Learning By Design: Building Sustainable Organizations” (Blackwell, 2003); and, “Collaborative Research in Organizations: Foundations for Learning, Change and Theoretical Development (Sage, 2004). He is co-editor of new annual research series “Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness” Emerald Publications) and a co-editor (Emerald Publications) of the annual research series, “Research in Organization Change and Development”.

Rami served in leadership/management roles at both Cal Poly and the Academy of Management. At the Orfalea College of Business, he served twice as the Management area chair. At the Academy of Management, he served on the Organization Development and Change (OD&C) board and as president of the OD&C division. He is on the editorial board of five journals.