Mitchell Marks, Ph.D.

BUS 304/ DTC 624
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Mitchell Lee Marks is an internationally recognized expert on managing corporate transitions (including mergers, acquisitions, downsizings, and restructurings), corporate culture, employee engagement, organizational effectiveness and teambuilding. As a motivating and engaging keynote speaker, he has been invited to present to a wide variety of corporate meetings and global conferences. He is a frequent speaker to professional groups and has lectured at the Harvard Business School and Smithsonian Institution.

Mitchell consults with a wide variety of firms in the United States and abroad, advising executives on issues of organizational change, team building, strategic direction, organizational effectiveness, corporate culture, human resources management, and the planning and implementation of mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and other transitions. His clients range from small start-ups to large multinational corporations, as well as government and not-A1:S203or-profit organizations. Mitchell has advised in over 100 cases of mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and other major transitions. Current or past clients include Pfizer, Intel, Motorola, AT&T, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Unisys, Hewlett Packard, Merck, Abbott Laboratories, BNP Paribas, Johnson & Johnson, Scios, Imperial Oil of Canada, Molson Breweries, Proctor and Gamble, Bank of America, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Blue Shield of California, U. S. Department of Energy, Los Angeles County, the March of Dimes, and others in the financial, manufacturing, health care, entertainment, high technology, publishing, consumer products, and communications industries.

Reports of Mitchell’s work have been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Time, The Economist, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, New York Times, Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated, as well as on the PBS News Hour, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, CNN and other television programs.

Mitchell is the author of seven books—including Charging Back Up the Hill: Workforce Recovery after Mergers, Acquisitions and Downsizings (providing practical advice and examples of how to rebound from the unintended negative consequences of difficult transitions), and Joining Forces: Making One Plus One Equal Three in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances. He has published scores of articles in practitioner and scholarly journals including Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, and Human Organization.

Mitchell Lee Marks received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1981, where he conducted the first studies on human and cultural aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other major organizational transitions. His research on organizational change and transition, as well as on employee motivation and productivity, has been recognized in ways including the Outstanding Contribution to Organizational Behavior award from the Academy of Management.

  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
Research Interests: 
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Downsizing and restructuring
  • Organizational transitions
  • Organizational development
  • Organization change
  • Leadership
  • Management consulting
  • Employee behavior
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Executive teambuilding
Honors and Awards: 
  • Outstanding Contribution to Organizational Behavior award from the Academy of Management
  • Academy of Management, Management Consultation Division, Outstanding Contribtuion Award
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellows
  • Invited Speaker at the Harvard Business School and Smithsonian Institution
Professional Associations: 
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Academy of Management