Faculty Bio

  • Faculty Info
  • Name:
    Dr. Jackson Nickerson
  • Dr. Jackson Nickerson is the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School.  He also is the Associate Dean and Director of Brookings Executive Education and a Senior Non-resident Scholar in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.  A prior systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with a BSME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MSME from U.C. Berkeley, Jackson combines his engineering systems knowledge with and MBA and Ph.D. in Business Strategy both from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He is a globally recognized expert in organization design and its performance implications as well as in critical thinking for business decisions, for which the Olin Business School won the inaugural MBA Roundtable Innovator’s Award.  He also is the creator of Leading Thinking™, a new approach for developing leaders taught through Brookings Executive Education.  Jackson has published numerous papers in leading academic journals and is the author or editor of four books.  His latest book is entitled Leading Change from the Middle: A Practical Guide to Building Extraordinary Capabilities (Brookings, 2014). He consults with business, government, and nonprofits on problem diagnosis, strategy, and leading change.  In addition to serving on corporate boards, Jackson is a co-founder and business director of NFORMD.NET, a new media company that provides sexual assault prevention programs to universities and the U.S. Army.

  • This Year's Sessions:
    Leading Change from the Middle:
    A Practical Approach to Achieving Extraordinary Results
    with Dr. Jackson Nickerson
        While much advice on leading change addresses challenges faced by the C-level suite, it is the leaders in the middle of the organization, the ones who commonly are tasked with building capabilities, who are on the hot seat. Unfortunately, few approaches to leading change are designed to help them...
    The Art of Diagnosis:
    Solving the Right Problem the First Time
    with Dr. Jackson Nickerson
        How often do you walk into a meeting called to tackle a problem and within the first few minutes, participants already are debating about a solution? Jumping to a solution is one of the most prevalent and pernicious maladies in organizations, which leads to delayed problem solving, high costs,...