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Melvin Smith, Ph.D.


Melvin L. Smith, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Organizational Behavior and Faculty Director of Executive Education at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC). Melvin holds a doctorate in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. He also holds a BS degree in General Management and Accounting from Purdue University and an MBA in Marketing from Clark-Atlanta University. Melvin’s research and teaching focus on leadership and emotional intelligence in the workplace, as well as the development and use of human and social capital in organizations through executive coaching. He is co-author (with Richard Boyatzis and Ellen Van Oosten) of the book, Helping People Change: Coaching with Compassion for Lifelong Learning and Growth (Harvard Business Review Press).

In addition to his work with numerous US organizations, Melvin has worked with executives in Canada, Dubai, India, New Zealand, Scotland, and Trinidad. Melvin was a visiting professor at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, where he co-taught a senior executive education course on emotionally intelligent leadership. Prior to completing his doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh, Melvin spent over fifteen years in a series of sales/marketing management and organization development positions with several Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Pepsi-Cola, and H.J. Heinz.

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