Joseph M. Ryan CV

Professional Experience

Lecturer, Department of Management , Department of Management, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1999 thru 2009; taught in both Philadelphia and San Francisco EMBA programs
Lecturer, Department of Management

Courses taught in MBA and EMBA programs include:
- Management 621: Management of People at Work
- Management 653: Field Application Project
- Management 652: Principles of Leadership
- Management 773: Managing Organization Change

Supervision of Advanced Study Projects in WEMBA:
- Intel China: Corporate Culture Integration, Lisa Zhang, 2006
- The Samsung Corporate Venture Group: an Organization Development Assessment, Jeffery Lee, 2003

Academic Director in the Aresty Institute of Executive Education:

Academic Director of customized programs for:
       -Tyco Electronics
       - Sunoco
       - Lend Lease (in Sydney)
       - InBev
       - KPMG Denmark
       - KPMG Ireland (in Dublin)
       - Reed Smith
       - NBTA (National Business Travel Association)
       - Textron
       - First Caribbean (in Barbados)
       - AXA (in Paris)

-Taught courses in Managing Change, Leadership, Strategy Implementation for:   
        - KPMG Global Insurance
        - Deloitte
        - Toyata
        - Hitachi (in Tokyo)
        - KMA (Korean Management Association)
        - Merrill Lynch
        - Morgan Stanley
        - Chubb
        - NFL (National Football League)
        - Dubai World (in Dubai)
        - Siam Cement (in Bangkok)
        - Daimler Chrysler
        - CNI (a Brazilian industry association)
        - Unisys
        - Cooper Hospital
        - Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania – Program for Chief Learning Officers
        - United Health Care
        - Microsoft
        - Samsung
        - Fujitsu (in Japan)
        - Morgan Lewis
        - BAE
        - Coke (in Cairo)
        - CIAB (Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers)
        - Cigna
        - Taiwan Management Association (in Taiwan)
        - Societé Général (at INSEAD)
        - Degussa (in Dusseldorf and Shanghai)
        - Congresso
        - Allergen
        - Mayor of Philadelphia and Staff
        - Philadelphia Department of Human Services
        - MEPI (Middle East Partnership Institute)
        - SHRM (Society for Human Resources)
        - Morgan Stanley
        - American Standard
        - Radius (in London)
        - Misheng Bank
        - China Telcom
        - SIA
        - Shire

Adjunct Professor, Sasin Graduate School of Business, Bangkok, Thailand, 2004-06; taught strategy, leadership, managing change modules in executive development programs
Founder and President, True North Advisory Group, 2000 through present; provide advisory services in the areas of strategy development, strategy implementation, leadership development; change management; design and facilitation of executive retreats; clients include: Aventis, Scotia Capital, HP, Fujitsu; Osaka; AAA, AARP, CenBen, Leesport Financial, Radius, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, Phillip Morris  

Principal, Center for Applied Research, Philadelphia, PA, 1991-1999

Strategy Consultant, Kepner-Tregoe, Princeton, NJ, 1988-1991

Adjunct Professor, School of Business, St. Joseph’s University, Phila., PA, 1987-2000; taught Business Policy course
Director, Strategic Planning and Business Development, GE, Camden, NJ, 1985-89

Director, Organizational Planning, GTE Labs, Waltham, Mass., 1984

Director, Organization Development, RCA, Camden, NJ, 1983-84

Senior Consultant, Corporate Planning and Development, ARAMARK, Phila., PA, 1980-82


Recent publications

Manuscript reviewer for Know-How: the 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform From Those Who Don’t by Ram Charan

Articles and book reviews:
- “The 7 Competences of ‘A’ Players”
- “Change Management: A Guide For the Perplexed”
- “High Impact Consulting: Rhetoric or Reality”
- “The Board as a Strategic Partner”
- “The Document Company: the Social Construction and Enactment of Strategic Change”
- “Strategy, Change, and Defensive Routines”
- “Action Science”
- “The Workplace Within: the Psychodynamics of Organizational Life”
- “Managing on the Edge”

Orchard Road, Actus, UK-PFI-Manchester Hospitals – 3 cases written for the Lend Lease Executive Development Program; Nick Land and John Sorrow - 2 cases written for the SIA Branch Managers Program (Securities Industry Association)


Teaching and Research Interests

Interested in teaching “issue” driven executive level courses addressing Leadership, Managing Change, Strategy Implementation, Business Policy, Managing the Professional Services Firm, and Organization Development and Consulting Skills.  Interested in designing and teaching in “action learning” executive development programs. 

Interested in researching and writing a book in the next two years on “strategic change management” aimed at both general managers and practitioners. This book will link theory with practice through well documented, “thick” cases.  In this book, I will develop and document practical consulting guidelines, lessons learned, stories about the “enacting” of strategy where clients “act their way into new thinking” through executing both well designed strategic initiatives in their core business as well as through “strategy as experimentation” where companies pursue new opportunities and build new competencies. This book will draw on my practioner experience in both executive education and consulting



1995, Harvard Business School, Leadership in Professional Service Firms
1988 and 1986, GE, Crotonville, Advanced Marketing Management; Global Business Management
1980, The Wharton School; 10 week summer program for Ph.D.’s transitioning to a business career
1978, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
1972, B.A., Philosophy, La Salle College

True North Advisory Group

True North Advisory Group