Michelle Buck
Michelle L. Buck

Clinical Professor of Leadership

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Michelle Buck is a Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  She has previously served as the School's first Director of Leadership Initiatives from 2006 to 2013, designing and coordinating opportunities for personal leadership development to complement the School's academic curriculum.  She has also served as academic director of numerous Kellogg executive programs, including partnership programs with Fundacao dom Cabral in Brazil, programs for Latin American executives with Seminarium, as well as customized, company-specific programs.

Professor Buck teaches graduate and executive courses in leadership and negotiations.  Her work in personal leadership development focuses on the importance of self-reflection and the awareness of strengths, weaknesses, values, and purpose as foundational elements of effective leadership and of management education.   Her teaching also addresses the role of leadership communication in motivating and engaging others, and leadership as a relationship and the dynamics of leading and following.  Professor Buck teaches Negotiations as a process of effective communication and creative problem solving, in which people are able to transform perceived conflict into new opportunities. 

In executive teaching, academic direction, and consulting, Professor Buck has worked with organizations including:  Banco de Mexico, Baxter International, Canadian Council for International Cooperation, CDW, Chicago Public Schools, Ernst & Young, Exelon, the FBI, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC Bank, Merck Frosst Canada, Mitsui & Co., Petro Canada, The Coca Cola Company, and YPO Latin America.  She has worked extensively in the contexts of private sector business, government, nonprofit executives, and leaders of family businesses, and has presented her work in North and Latin America, Europe, and Japan.

Her current interests include courageous conversations, vitality and wellbeing as critical elements of effective leadership, the use of arts-based learning in innovative leadership education, and projects emerging from travel to Rwanda, focused on transformational leadership and the pursuit of prosperity.  In early 2014, she co-led an international MBA course and trip to East Africa, including a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

Professor Buck previously was an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at McGill University, teaching in their MBA programs in Montreal and Tokyo.  She served as Module Director in the McGill-McConnell Program for National Voluntary Sector Leaders, an executive-level leadership development program for senior leaders of the non-profit sector in Canada, designed to facilitate leaders in creating a "more compassionate, sustainable society."  She was awarded the McGill University Faculty of Management Distinguished Teaching Award in both 2001 and 1996.  She also previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Olin School of Business at Washington University, where she was named Teacher of the Year in the MBA Program, earning their Reid Teaching Award, in 1995.  Professor Buck has a PhD and MA in Social Psychology from Princeton University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. 

Professor Buck's commitment in all of her work is to inspire and empower others to unleash new possibilities for themselves, for others and the communities in which they find themselves.  Her work focuses on designing innovative, inspiring, and important learning experiences that transform lives by providing purpose, passion, and possibility.  In addition to her professional activities, Michelle enjoys dance, music, photography, and travel, with strong interests in Latin America and Africa.

Areas of Expertise
Organizational Learning

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PhD, 1993, Social Psychology, Princeton University
MA, 1990, Social Pyschology, Princeton University
BA, 1988, Psychology, University of Michigan, High Distinction

Academic Positions
Director, Leadership Initiatives, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2001-present
Clinical Professor, Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2001-present
Academic Director, Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 2001-present
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, Faculty of Management, McGill University, 1995-2001
Visiting Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior, John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1994-1995
Visiting Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1992-1994
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dispute Resolution Research Center, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1992-1994

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Research Interests

Leadership, negotiations, conflict management

Buck, Michelle L.. 2004. Succession and Failure: A Commentary. Harvard Business Review. 82(6): 31-42.
Buck, Michelle L., MaryDean Lee, Margaret Williams, Shelley MacDermid and Sharon Leiba-O'Sullivan. 2002. Contextual Factors in the Success of Reduced Load Work Arrangements Among Managers and Professionals. Human Resource Management. 41(2): 209-223.
Buck, Michelle L., MaryDean Lee and Shelley MacDermid. 2001. Alternate Work Arrangements Among Professionals and Managers: Rethinking Career Development and Success. Journal of Management Development. 20(4): 305-317.
Buck, Michelle L., MaryDean Lee and Shelley MacDermid. 2000. Organizational Paradigms of Reduced Load Work: Accommodation, elaboration, transformation. Academy of Management Journal. 43(6): 1211-1226.
Buck, Michelle L. and Dale T. Miller. 1994. Reactions to incongruous negative life events. Social Justice Research. 7(1): 29-46.
Miller, Dale T., Brian Taylor and Michelle L. Buck. 1991. Gender gaps: Who needs to be explained?. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 61(1): 5-12.
Book Chapters
Lee, MaryDean, Shelly M. MacDermid and Michelle L. Buck. 2002. "Reduced load work arrangements: Response to stress or quest for integrity of functioning." In Gender, work stress, and health, edited by D.L. Nelson and R.J. Burke, 169-190. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Buck, Michelle L., MaryDean Lee and Shelley MacDermid. Forthcoming. "Designing Creative Carrer and Creative Lives through Reduced-Load Work Arrangements." In Career Creativity: Explorations in the Remaking of Work, edited by Maury Peiperl, Michael Arthur, N. Anand, 77-100. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Buck, Michelle L.. 2000. "Reduced load work and the experience of time among professionals and managers: Implications for personal and organizational life.." In Time in organizational behavior: Trends in Organizational Behavior, edited by C.L. Cooper & D. Rousseau, vol. 7, Toronto: John Wiley & Sons.
Buck, Michelle L.. "Book Review of Leadership Insight by Nancy J. Adler." Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Print Teaching
Teaching Interests

Leadership (personal leadership development, employee motivation and engagement, leadership as relationship, courageous conversations), negotiations and conflict management

Executive Education
Advanced Management Program

For high-potential executives with enterprise-level responsibilities, this condensed, immersive experience — enhanced throughout with executive coaching — focuses on developing senior executive leadership agility, driving innovation, identifying growth opportunities and equipping your organization for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st-century.

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Advanced Management Program: The Global Experience

Designed for the the high-potential executive, Kellogg’s Advanced Management Program: The Global Experience provides an immersive journey into leadership agility, driving innovation and identifying growth opportunities. This modular format provides a weeklong, unparalleled intensive week in a global market.

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Leading Family Enterprises

For both established and aspiring leaders of a family-owned business, this program focuses on how to lead the family and the enterprise, manage the strategic and personal pressures inherent in such complex entities and strike an optimal balance between family and work obligations.

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The Soul of Leadership

Master a new approach to the possibilities of leadership in this unique and inspirational leadership development experience led by renowned thought leader Deepak Chopra. Leave with practical tools and insights for realizing your full leadership potential.

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Women's Senior Leadership Program

Kellogg created this special leadership program for women executives to equip top female talent to break through the barriers that have historically impeded their career development and empower them to take their place at the highest levels of corporate leadership.

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