Michael Hackman is a Professor in the Department of Communication and the Director of the Honors Program at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He also serves as an Adjunct at the Center for Creative Leadership, and as an affiliate with the consulting firms CommuniCon, Inc., Footprints Consulting, and the TRACOM Group.

Dr. Hackman teaches courses in communication and leadership at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses previously supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) that allowed for the development of an online curriculum in organizational communication and leadership delivered to students and working professionals in the U.S. and Europe. In 1995, he was awarded the university-wide Outstanding Teacher Award.

Dr. Hackman’s research focuses on a wide range of issues, including:  the impact of gender and culture on communication and leadership behavior, leadership succession, organizational trust, instructional communication in mediated contexts, and creativity. His work has appeared in such journals as Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Distance Education, The Journal of Leadership Studies, Leadership, The Leadership Review, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and the Southern Speech Communication Journal. He is also the co-author (with Craig Johnson) of two books, Leadership: A Communication Perspective and Creative Communication: Principles and Applications. His latest book, Building the High Trust Organization (with Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Sherwyn Morreale) will be published by Jossey-Bass in April 2010.

Since 1991, Dr. Hackman has served on four occasions as a Visiting Professor at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, the most recent in 2002. He also served as an adjunct Professor at the University of Siena (Italy) and the University of Vienna (Austria).

Dr. Hackman has extensive experience as a consultant. He has developed and delivered training, guided organizational development initiatives, and provided executive coaching services in numerous public and private sector organizations throughout the United States and in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. His clients have included Agilent Technologies, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Ernst & Young, Fiat, Georgia-Pacific, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, Kimberley-Clark, NASA, Medtronic, Philips, Telecom New Zealand, the United States Air Force, the United States Golf Association, URL Pharma, and Wells Fargo.

See Michael Hackman in action below.

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