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Rod McCowan - Emory University, Goizueta Business School. ATLANTA, GA, US

Rod McCowan Rod McCowan

Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management | Emory University, Goizueta Business School



Rod McCowan, a former White House Fellow, received his PhD in Strategy and Organizational Behavior with honors from IE Business School, IE University (Madrid, Spain) in 2020. He also earned an M.Sc. in Research Methodology in Management Science from IE Business School. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory as a non-tenure track professor in 2022, Dr. McCowan was a lecturer in the Management and Organizations area at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of strategy, organizational change and development, and strategic leadership, focusing on the development and outcomes of principled, strategic change leaders.

Education (5)

IE University, IE Business School: PhD, Strategy and Organizational Behavior 2020

(with honors)

IE University, IE Business School: Master of Science, Research Methodology in Management Science 2017

Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government: Master, Public Policy 1990

Yale University, Yale Divinity School: Master of Arts, Religion, Ethics 1985

University of Oklahoma: B.A., Philosophy 1984

Minors in Mathematics and Computer Science

Areas of Expertise (4)

Leading Strategic Organizational Change

Strategic Human Capital Management

Executive Coaching & Strategic Change Leader Development

Building Inclusive Organizations

In the News (1)

5 New Faculty Join Goizueta This Year

Emory Business  online


Rod McCowan, a White House Fellow, spent the past decade running his executive coaching and consulting firm. His research intersects strategy, organizational change and behavior, and strategic leadership. McCowan will be teaching a variety of leadership courses including Principled Leadership, Leadership Development, and Leading People and Organizations. “My professional purpose is accelerating executives’ and top teams’ development into outstanding strategic change leaders, which led to launching my executive coaching and consulting practice a decade ago and drove my desire to become a professor. I feel incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to teach at Goizueta, given the high caliber of faculty and students and how strongly my purpose and values align with its mission of preparing principled leaders who will make a difference in the world.”

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