Ryan Smerek is currently an Assistant Professor and Assistant Director in the MS in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University.

He is the author of Organizational Learning and Performance: The Science and Practice of Building a Learning Culture (Oxford University Press) which combines organizational examples with insights from research, to provide readers with a unique and distinctive lens to improve personal and organizational performance. In the book, Ryan explains mindsets that foster learning, how “big picture thinking” or understanding the “why” behind our actions fosters learning, and the social norms needed to foster innovation and creativity.

Over the last decade, in addition to organizational learning, Ryan has researched, taught, and published in the areas of learning and new executives, decision-making, innovation, and organizational culture.

Before coming to Northwestern University, Ryan taught organizational behavior as an Assistant Professor at Hiram College. He also worked at Denison Consulting — a culture and leadership assessment firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.