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Ryan W. Quinn, PhD

Department Chair for Management and Entrepreneurship, Academic Director, Project on Positive Leadership, Assistant Dean of Innovation & Strategy, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship PhD
College of Business, Room 320
(502) 852-4873
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Ryan Quinn is the Chair of, and an Associate Professor in, the Management and Entrepreneurship Department of the University of Louisville’s College of Business. He is also the Academic Director of the Center for Positive Leadership. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Statistics at Brigham Young University and earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and a graduate certificate in Complex Systems from the University of Michigan. He conducts research, teaches, and consults on topics related to leadership and change management. He has published research on topics such as courage, learning, flow, communication, and relationships in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Academy of Management Discoveries, and Social Networks, and he is also a co-author of the book, Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership. He has taught at all levels, including executive, Ph.D., MBA, and undergraduate, and has consulted around the world for Fortune 500 companies, private firms, start-up businesses, non-profits, and government institutions. He is particularly interested in discovering and using tools that help individuals and organizations to unleash their full potential.


  • BS (Statistics) Brigham Young University, 1997
  • Graduate Certificate (Complex Systems) University of Michigan, 2003
  • PhD (Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management) University of Michigan, 2003

Recent Research & Publications

Curriculum Vita

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