Brenda Ellington-Booth
Brenda Ellington Booth

MANAGEMENT & ORGANIZATIONS
Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations

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Brenda Ellington Booth is a Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations, Academic Director of Executive Education Programs, and Director of the Kellogg Leadership Coaching Program.

As Academic Director of Executive Programs, Professor Booth directs two general management programs including Kellogg’s Executive Development Program and the Kellogg Management Institute. She also directs the program Energizing People for Performance and various custom programs such companies such as USG, International Paper, Baloise Insurance, Aon Financial Services and Baker & McKinsey.

Professor Booth teaches courses in executive education on leadership, team-building, decision-making, change management, and energizing people for performance. She also designs and facilitates action learning workshops and coaches executives in leadership effectiveness. Professor Booth has taught or facilitated groups with companies including Ersnt & Young, Jefferson Wells, Baxter International, General Motors, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Chicago Public Schools, Kellogg’s Strategic Leadership Program and Kellogg’s Capacity Building Program.

In 2008, Professor Booth created the Kellogg Leadership Coaching program for motivated and committed full-time MBA students who desire to become global leaders of significance though coaching. Along with a team of professional coaches, she coaches MBA students in small groups. Professor Booth is certified executive coach.

In prior years at Kellogg, Professor Booth was awarded the Doctoral Teaching Award for Exceptional Teaching Performance, authored case studies on leadership and change management for the not-for-profit sector, and taught MBA courses including management and organization, negotiation, change management and leadership of non-profit organizations.

Before joining Kellogg, Brenda taught courses at Stanford University and wrote a case study on change management for the University of Michigan’s Graduate School of Management. As part of her dissertation research on strategic alliances Professor Ellington-Booth served as a consultant to the grocery industry on their ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) initiative in the late 1990’s. She delivered presentations to several nationwide grocery industry conferences and authored numerous educational case studies for mid- and senior-level executives on strategic, human resources and organizational issues in the grocery industry as it related to ECR.

Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Brenda accumulated several years of work experience in corporate settings in the functional areas of finance and marketing. She started her career at Home Box Office as a financial analyst and went on to publish an investors' report on the insurance industry for the former investment bank Salomon Brothers while obtaining her MBA from Stanford University. She also was an account executive with the advertising agency Leo Burnett for five years, servicing clients such as Kraft, Seven-Up, Heinz Pet Products, and Procter & Gamble.



Areas of Expertise
Employee Relations
Leadership
Organizational Change
Organizational Learning
Teams
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Education
PhD, 1998, Organizational Behavior, Northwestern University
MBA, 1986, Stanford University
AB, 1982, Economics, Stanford University

 
Print Research
Research Interests
Strategic alliances among supply-chain partners; trust as a multilevel phenomena; qualitative research methods; and case-study writing

Articles
Ellington Booth, Brenda. 1997. Wholesaler Category Management: A Success Story. Sales and Marketing Quarterly.
Cases
Ellington Booth, Brenda and Karen Cates. 2012. Growing Managers: Moving from Team Member to Team Leader. Case 5-411-757 (KEL629).
Donnelly, Anne CohnBrenda Ellington Booth and Nadeem Ghani. 2004. The Cradle (A). Case 5-204-258(A) (KEL008).
Donnelly, Anne CohnBrenda Ellington Booth and Nadeem Ghani. 2004. The Cradle (B). Case 5-204-258(B) (KEL009).
Ellington Booth, Brenda. 1999. Micromarketing: A Case Study in Category Management..
Ellington Booth, Brenda. 1999. A Case Study in Category Management for Wholesalers..
Ellington Booth, Brenda. 1997. Menu-Pricing: An Application of Activity Based management..
Ellington Booth, Brenda. 1996. A Case Study in Category Management for Small Manufacturers..

 
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Teaching Interests
Organization behavior, organizational change, negotiations, and management/leadership styles
Full-Time / Part-Time MBA
Managing People for Competitive Advantage (MORS-441-0)

This course counts toward the following majors: Management & Organizations, Human Resources Management

People clearly are an organization’s most critical resource. Their knowledge and skills along with their commitment, creativity, and effort are the basis for competitive advantage. It is people that have creative ideas for new products or for process improvements, that devise marketing strategy or take technologies to the next level. This course focuses on the people side of business from a general management perspective. In taking this generalist approach, we integrate concepts from organizational behavior, human resource management, strategy, and organizational design. Course topics include creating motivation and commitment, managing performance (goals and rewards), managing collaboration, and the ‘people side’ of managing change.

Personal Leadership Insights (MORS-935-C)
This course is a unique opportunity for students who are highly motivated and committed to their personal development and growth as a leader. You will partner with a Kellogg Leadership Coach who will lead a small group of ten students through a series of assignments that will help you increase self-awareness and gain clarity about your unique leadership skills, values, needs, strengths and limitations. Groups are divided by 1st year and 2nd year/1Y. Classes will last for two hours. Each class will consist of group discussions and peer coaching exercises around self-reflective assignments that you must prepare prior to class. In addition, you will have the option of meeting one-on-one with your Kellogg Leadership Coach for a 45-minute coaching session twice during the quarter. This is an experiential learning course centered on your personal development that will not be assigned a letter grade. Grading will be on a “Pass/No Credit” basis. Successful completion of this course will be represented as a “Pass” with 0.5 credits on your transcript. Course requirements include: 100% attendance (including the first day of class); completion of the 1st assignment due on the first day of class and all other subsequent assignments; honoring the confidential information of others in the group; and active participation in all group coaching sessions. The “Pass” will not count towards credit for the MORS major. Note: This course may not be dropped after the first week of the quarter.

Leadership Coaching Course: A Small Group Experience in Self-Reflection & Peer Coaching (Part-Time) (MORS-936-C)
This course is a unique opportunity for students who are highly motivated and committed to their personal development and growth as a leader. You will partner with a Kellogg Leadership Coach who will lead a small group of eight students through a series of assignments that will help you increase self-awareness and gain clarity about your unique leadership skills, values, needs, strengths and limitations. Groups are divided by 1st year and 2nd year/1Y. Classes will last for two hours. Each class will consist of group discussions and peer coaching exercises around self-reflective assignments that you must prepare prior to class. In addition, you will have the option of meeting one-on-one with your Kellogg Leadership Coach for a 45-minute coaching session twice during the quarter. This is an experiential learning course centered on your personal development that will not be assigned a letter grade. Grading will be on a “Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory” basis. Successful completion of this course will be represented as an “S” with 0.0 credits on your transcript and a Leadership Coaching Certificate of Completion. Course requirements include: 100% attendance (including the first day of class); completion of the 1st assignment due on the first day of class and all other subsequent assignments; honoring the confidential information of others in the group; and active participation in all group coaching sessions. The “S” will not count towards credit for graduation or the MORS major. Note: This course may not be dropped after the first week of the quarter.

Leader as Coach (Part Time Version) (MORS-937-0)

Research on emotional intelligence indicates that the most effective leaders have a high level of self-awareness and the ability to motivate others. This experiential course combines both of these aspects. Students will gain self-awareness through a series of leadership assessments and reflection exercises. In addition, students will be trained to have effective coaching conversations – a practice known help motivate and develop others in the workplace. In class, students will practice coaching with their peers using the weekly assessment and reflection exercises as guides. The instructor (who is an experienced executive coach) will have one 45-minute coaching session with each student in the course. Students will have ample opportunities to coach and be coached throughout the course. They will also have a heightened level of self awareness of who they are as leaders through the weekly assessments and reflection exercise. Note: This class does not count towards the MORS major, but does count towards to Kellogg degree.

Prerequisite: MORS 430 and preferably LSC2.



Leader as Coach (MORS-937-A)
Motivating and developing other people are consistently rated as highly important leadership competencies by global executives, and yet they are also consistently rated among the least effective competencies demonstrated by leaders (Dai, Tang, & DeMeuse, 2009. Technical Report by Korn/Ferry International). With the ability to have effective coaching conversations, leaders can help others develop as leaders, solve problems, create opportunities and improve performance. This is an experiential course that provides students with an opportunity to learn and practice how to have effective coaching conversations in the context of leadership development. Students are provided with coaching skills in accordance with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) standards and practice these skills through in-class role-plays with their peers. This course is intended for students who will assume leadership roles in organizations or who will have coaching or mentorship opportunities in their professional roles. This course is a prerequisite for Leader as Coach: Practicum. Prerequisites: MORS 430-0

Leader as Coach: Practicum (MORS-937-C)
This course is a continuation of Leader as Coach. Kellogg student will be assigned to coach two to three NU undergraduate students in leadership roles (e.g., student government, fraternity/sorority leaders, club leaders, etc.). Throughout the quarter, Kellogg students will be able to apply their newly acquired coaching skills in the context of leadership development for NU undergraduates as they face actual leadership challenges in real time. In addition, Kellogg students work with an experienced Kellogg/NU faculty member who is also an executive coach to provide on-going training and support as they work with their assigned undergraduate student leaders. This experience is intended to provide Kellogg MBA students with increased confidence in their leadership interpersonal skills and deepen their insights about leadership. Prerequisites: Leader as Coach & Approved Application.
Recommended: Prior or concurrent enrollment in MORS 935-C Leadership Coaching Program or MORS 468 Managerial Leadership