Joe's Bio

Joseph W. Harder is a principal of Spirit of the New Workplace, LLC, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia, and a member of Duke Corporate Education's Global Learning Resource Network. 

Previously, he was Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  Joe has also been a Visiting Professor at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and a ropes course facilitator for both Falls River Center and Poplar Ridge Experiential Education.  In addition, Joe has served as the Learning Team Director for the Darden Full-time MBA and the MBA for Executives.

Joe is an enthusiastic and highly rated instructor, having received nine awards for teaching excellence.  He teaches an intensive M.B.A. elective titled "Spirit of the New Workplace,”  which aims to show both existing and future leaders how they can create work environments in which people are inspired to innovate, collaborate, and thrive.  The class itself aims to provide a holistic experience, engaging participants at the mind, body, heart, and soul levels through facilitated large and small group conversations, experiential activities, movement, journaling and reflection, and meditation. 

Joe's current writing centers on applying ideas from work in the emergent sciences on living systems to organizational design, adaptability, and sustainability.  A paper from this research was published in 2004 in a special issue of Organization Development Journal devoted to "new and emerging issues and theories in O.D. and change," and another is forthcoming in The Human Factor.  He has also produced a number of case studies for classroom use, including Phil Jackson and the Chicago Bulls, W.L. Gore and Associates, and a multimedia case study that won the Wachovia Award for innovation at Darden on a creative company called “Play.”


Joe has consulted and taught executive education sessions around the globe on topics of leadership, culture, talent management, teamwork, and organizational change for clients such as 3-COM Latin America, ABB, BoozAllen Hamilton, The Brookings Institution, Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN), GE/Fanuc, Goodyear, Lucent Technologies, Maraven, Marriott, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, NASA, Ruhrgas/The Elster Group, Siam Cement Group, Siam Commercial Bank, Shinawatra Group, Unilever, United Technologies, USAA, US-AID, and Whole Foods Markets.  He has also designed and taught in or been the faculty leader for the Managing Individual and Organizational Change, Developing Managerial Excellence, Managing Critical Resources, Management Development Program, Essentials of Management, and Strategic Sales Management open enrollment executive education programs.

Joe’s research has been published in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Development Journal, Sloan Management Review, Social Justice Research, and The Human Factor.  His work has also been cited in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, AdWeek, Institutional Investor, and Sports Illustrated.

Joe holds a B.S. degree from Bethel College, an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University, and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where his dissertation under the direction of Jeffrey Pfeffer focused on pay and performance in professional sports.

Originally from California, Joe lives in a California-style deck home on a lake near Charlottesville, Virginia, with his nine year old son and twelve year old brontophobic Golden Retriever mix Katrina.  A passionate baseball fan, Joe had the opportunity this year to go to Giants Fantasy camp, and escaped the week mostly without incident.

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