Steven Cady, Ph.D


Steven Cady, Ph.D.

  • Position: Professor, Director Institute of Organizational Effectiveness
  • Phone: 419-372-9388
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  • Address: 358E Maurer Center

Steven H. Cady, PhD, is a Professor of Management & Organizational Development serving as the founding Director of the Doctoral Program in Organization Development & Change in the Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University. He is an author, speaker, and consultant on topics of collaborative change, motivation, and teaching. Dr. Cady has over thirty journal publications and books, while having served on the boards for the Academy of Management Organization Development & Change Division, National Training Laboratories (NTL), and the International Society for Organization Development and Change (ISODC). He serves on the editorial board for Public Integrity and on the editorial review boards for the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and Organization Development Review. He has served as the Chief Editor for Organization Development Journal and is co-author of The Change Handbook, 36k+ copies sold in four languages, PBS DVD title Life Inspired, and founder of NEXUS4change, a global network with 8k members. He has over 30 publications and books. He is the founder of myLibrary publishing app. He serves as Chief Editor of the Collaborative Change Library and the Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior textbooks. His PhD in Organizational Behavior and Research Methods is from Florida State University, along with an MBA and a BSBA in Finance from The University of Central Florida. He has been recognized by his university with the College Outstanding Researcher Award, the BGSU President’s Award for Community Engagement, the Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching with Technology, the BGSU Center for Faculty Excellence Award for Making a Difference, College of Business Faculty Service Award, and the College of Business Award for Engagement with Industry. In addition, he has received the Outstanding Article Award, along with the Communicating OD Knowledge Award from the OD Network. At the end of the day… and most importantly, Steve, Dad lives with his wonderful partner-in-life Jacque and sons Deakon, Roman, and Logan on a farm that has a pond, fire pit, ATVs, combines, garden, chickens and more, with a fun and diverse extended family in Ohio and the Southeastern United States.


Ph.D., Florida State University, 1996
M.B.A., University of Central Florida, 1992
B.A., University of Central Florida, 1987


IDEAL Certified (2002)–Interactive Distance Education for All Learners, Distance Education Design & Delivery


Director, Institute for Organizational Effectiveness, Bowling Green State University, 2000 – 2002, & 2006 – Present

Graduate Faculty, Master of Organization Development Program, Bowling Green State University

Associate Professor of Management

Director, Master of Organization Development Program (Executive and Full-Time), Bowling Green State University, 2002 – 2004

  • Research
    • Motivation and Performance
    • Organization Development and Change
    • Teaching and Learning
  • Expertise
    • Large Scale Change Initiatives
    • Organizational Analysis and Program Evalaution
    • Collaborative Change
    • Leadership Development

Warrick, D. D., & Cady, S. H. (2022). Is Your Organization Prepared to Manage Tsunami Change? The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.

Mandel KE, Cady SH. (2022). Quality improvement as a primary approach to change in healthcare: A precarious, self-limiting choice? BMJ Quality & Safety Published: 28 July 2022. doi:

Cady, S. H. (2020). Self-management and work performance: An exploratory cross-cultural study. International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management20(4), 510–533.

Cady, S. H. (2019). A proposed theory life cycle model: Standing on the shoulders of giants. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science55(4), 428–452.

Cady, S. H. (2019). Collaborative Change: Generative approaches that transform organizations, revitalize communities, and develop human potential. Organization Development Review51(2), 21–25.

Cady, S. H., Medley, B., & Stiegler, C. T. (2018). Assessing change: Integrating Kirkpatrick’s and Phillips’ models into the five levels of evaluation. Organization Development Journal36(1), 55–66.

Cady, S. H., Brodke, M., & Parker, N. (2018). When a team is more like a group: Improving individual motivation by managing integrity through team action processes. Public Integrity, 1–18.

Cady, S. H., Brodke, M., & Kim, J. H. (2017). Volunteer motivation: A field study examining why some do more, while others do less. Journal of Community Psychology46(3), 281–292.

Updated: 05/22/2023 01:36PM