Business Leadership Expert Charles Manz Speaks at UMass Amherst March 13

AMHERST, Mass. - Author and internationally known scholar Charles C. Manz will give a talk, "Creating a Company of Heroes Through Superleadership," on Thurs., March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts. Manz will join the faculty of the UMass School of Management next September as the first Nirenberg Professor of Business Leadership.

Manz, who is a professor in the department of business at Arizona State University in Tempe where he teaches organizational behavior, is a prize-winning, best-selling author, and former Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He was chosen to be the first Charles and Janet Nirenberg Professor in Business Leadership, an endowed chair funded by a $1.5 million gift from the Nirenbergs.

"Dr. Manz’s illustrious 20-year career as a teacher, writer, and researcher makes it clear that he shares Charles and Janet Nirenberg’s conviction that business leadership is a teachable constellation of skills," said Thomas O’Brien, dean of the School of Management. O’Brien noted that Manz has written many journal articles and several books, including "Mastering Self-Leadership: Empowering Yourself for Personal Excellence," "The Art of Self-Leadership: Strategies for Personal Effectiveness in Your Life and Work," and "SuperLeadership: Leading Others to Lead Themselves," which won the Stybel Peabody Prize for the best publication of the year in 1990. That book is a MacMillan Book Club and Book Summaries on Tape selection and has been translated into several languages.

Manz has also served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, conferences, and journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Management and Human Relations. In addition, Manz has had frequent contact with the national press and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and Fortune.

Manz’s talk is open to the public and there is no reserved seating. For further information contact the School of Management development office at 413/545-5593.