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Dr. Michelle Bligh (CGU)

Michelle Bligh

Michelle C. Bligh is an Associate Professor in the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. She received her doctorate in Management and Organizational Behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests focus on organizational culture and the role of leaders in influencing and changing corporate cultures, particularly in post-merger organizations. In addition, her research interests include charismatic leadership, interpersonal trust, and political and executive leadership.

Her work has been published in Journal of Applied PsychologyLeadershipEmployee Relations,The Leadership QuarterlyApplied Psychology: An International ReviewGroup and Organization ManagementJournal of Managerial Psychology, and The Journal of Business Ethics, and she was awarded the 2003 Sage Outstanding Paper Award for Research Methods. She serves on the editorial review board of The Leadership Quarterly and is co-editor of a 2007 special issue ofApplied Psychology: An International Review on follower-centric approaches to leadership. She recently co-edited a book titled Follower-Centered Perspectives on Leadership: A Tribute to the Memory of James R. Meindl as part of the Leadership Horizons series.

Dr. Bligh has helped a variety of public and private sector organizations assess and improve their effectiveness in the areas of leadership development, organizational culture, and change management. Through her work at the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College, the Center for International Leadership in Buffalo, New York, and the Center for Leadership Innovation and Mentorship Building (CLIMB) at California State University San Marcos, she has worked in a number of industries, including local and state law enforcement, consulting, healthcare, and real estate. Dr. Bligh received her B.A. in Anthropology from Pomona College and her M.S. in Organizational Culture and Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Selected Publications

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Al-Ani, B., Horspool, A., & Bligh, M. C. (August, 2011). Collaborating with ‘Virtual Strangers’: Towards Developing a Framework for Leadership in Distributed Teams. Leadership, 7(3).

Bligh, M. C. (2010). Followership and Follower-Centred Approaches. In Bryman, A., Grint, K., Jackson, B., Uhl-Bien, M., & Collinson, D. (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Leadership (pp. 1180-1216). London, UK: Sage.

Deng, B. H., Bligh, M. C., & Kohles, J. C. (2010). To Err is Human, To Lead is Divine? The Role of Leaders in Learning from Workplace Mistakes. In Schyns, B. & Hansbrough, T. (Eds.), When Leadership Goes Wrong: Destructive Leadership, Mistakes and Ethical Failures. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Bligh, M. C., & Robinson, J. L. (2009). Was Gandhi "Charismatic"? Exploring the Rhetorical Leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. The Leadership Quarterly.

Pillai, R., Kohles, J.C., Bligh, M. C., Carston, M., & Brodowsky, G. (2009). Leadership in "Confucian Asia": Similarities and Differences of Justice, Trust, and Leadership Outcomes in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Proceedings of the Eastern Academy of Management International Conference, Rio de Janeiro.

~Winner of the 2009 John Yanouzas Outstanding Paper Award.

Bligh, M. C., & Kohles, J. C. (2009). The Enduring Allure of Charisma: How Barack Obama Won the Historic 2008 Presidential ElectionThe Leadership Quarterly20, 483-492.

O’Connell, W., & Bligh, M. C. (2009). Emerging from Ethical Scandal: Can Corruption Really Have a Happy Ending?Leadership, 5(2), 213-235.

Ferrin, D. L., Bligh, M. C., & Kohles, J. C. (2007). Can I Trust You to Trust Me? A Theory of Trust, Monitoring, and Cooperation in Interpersonal and Intergroup RelationshipsGroup and Organization Management, 32(4), 465-499.

Bligh, M. C., & Hess, G. D. (2007). The Power of Leading Subtly: Alan Greenspan, Rhetorical Leadership, and Monetary PolicyThe Leadership Quarterly.

Shamir, B., Pillai, R., Bligh, M. C., & Uhl-Bien, M. (Eds.). (2006). Follower-Centered Perspectives on Leadership: A Tribute to the Memory of James R. Meindl. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Carsten, M. R., & Bligh, M. C. (2006). Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Follower Perceptions of a Departing Leader and a Lingering Vision. In Shamir, B., Pillai, R., Bligh, M. C., & Uhl-Bien, M. (Eds.).Follower-Centered Perspectives on Leadership: A Tribute to the Memory of James R. Meindl.  Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. 


Bligh, M. C. (2006). Surviving Post-Merger 'Culture Clash': Can Cultural Leadership Lessen the Casualties? Leadership, 4(2), 395-426. 

Bligh, M. C., Pearce, C. L., & Kohles, J. C. (2006). The Importance of Self and Shared Leadership in Team Based Knowledge Work: A Meso-Level Model of Leadership DynamicsJournal of Managerial Psychology, 21(4), 296-318.
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Pelletier, K. L., & Bligh, M. C. (2006). Rebounding From Corruption: Perceptions of Ethics Program Effectiveness in a Public Sector OrganizationJournal of Business Ethics, 67(4), 359-374. 

Bligh, M. C., & Carsten, M. K. (2005). Post-Merger Psychological Contracts: Exploring a “Multiple Foci” ConceptualizationEmployee Relations, 27(5), 495-510.

Donaldson, S. I., & Bligh, M. C. (2005). Using Psychological Science to Improve the Workplace and Organizational Effectiveness: Rewarding and Lucrative Careers. In S. I. Donaldson, D. E. Berger, & K. Pezdek (Eds.), The Rise of Applied Psychology: New Frontiers & Rewarding Careers. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Bligh, M. C., Kohles, J. C., & Meindl, J. R. (2004). Charting the Language of Leadership: A Methodological Investigation of President Bush and the Crisis of 9/11Journal of Applied Psychology, 89(3): 562-574.

Bligh, M.C., & Meindl, J. R. (2004). The Cultural Ecology of Leadership: An Analysis of Popular Leadership Books. Messick, D.M., Kramer, R. (Eds.) The Psychology of Leadership: Some New Approaches. LEA Press.

Klein, K., Bliese, P., Kozlowski, S., Dansereau, F., Gavin, M., Griffin, M., Hofmann, D., James, L., Yammarino, F., & Bligh, M. C. (2000). Multilevel Analytical Techniques: Commonalties, Differences, and Continuing Questions. In K. Klein & S. Kozlowski (Eds.), Multilevel Theory, Research, and Methods in Organizations: Foundations, Extensions, and New Directions, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc.

Bligh, M. C., Schlehofer, M. M., Casad, B. J., & Gaffney, A. M. (In press). Competent Enough, But Would You Vote for Her? Gender Stereotypes and Media Influences on Perceptions of Women PoliticiansJournal of Applied Social Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00781.x


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