Raelin, Joseph A(lan) 1948-

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RAELIN, Joseph A(lan) 1948-

PERSONAL: Born April 10, 1948, in Cambridge, MA; married Abby Dolin (a school psychologist), September 5, 1974; children: Jonathan, Jeremy. Education: University of Paris, certificate, 1969; Tufts University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1970, Ed.M., 1971; Boston University, certificate of advanced graduate study, 1974; State University of New York—Buffalo, Ph.D., 1977.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Administrative Science, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02167. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: State University of New York—Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, research associate at Human Resource Institute, 1974-77; Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, assistant professor, 1977-82, associate professor, 1982-87, professor of administrative sciences, 1987—. Northeastern University, holder of Asa S. Knowles Chair of Practice-Oriented Education; president of his own consulting firm.

MEMBER: Academy of Management, Society for Organizational Learning, Beta Gamma Sigma.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1978-79, Charles F. Kettering Foundation, 1979, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 1979-80, and National Science Foundation, 1980-82; award for "best paper in management education," John Wiley (publisher); recognition award for management and education development.


Building a Career, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (Kalamazoo, MI), 1980.

The Salaried Professional, Praeger (New York, NY), 1984.

The Clash of Cultures: Managers and Professionals, Harvard Business School Press (Boston, MA), 1986.

Work-Based Learning: The New Frontier of Management Development, Addison-Wesley (Reading, MA), 1999.

Personal Career Development for Professionals, Beard Books, 2002.

Creating Leaderful Organizations: How to Bring Out Leadership in Everyone, Berrett-Koehler Books (San Francisco, CA), 2003.

Contributor of about eighty articles to professional journals.

SIDELIGHTS: Joseph A. Raelin told CA: "I have been working in two domains. First is the development of the field of work-based learning. Work-based learning considers how to make learning arise from work itself. Many of us, not only in academe, but in our work in continuing education, have become conditioned to a classroom model that separates theory from practice, making learning seem impractical or irrelevant. But what if we were to make our work-site an equally acceptable location for learning? In work-based learning, theory is expressly merged with practice, and knowledge is viewed concurrently with experience through reflection on work practices. Hence, it offers managers faced with the relentless pace of pervasive change an opportunity to overcome time pressures by reflecting upon and learning from the artistry of their actions.

"My other interest is in developing a new paradigm for leadership that I call 'leaderful practice.' Leaderful practice constitutes a direct challenge to the conventional view of leadership as 'being out in front.' In the twenty-first-century organization, we need to establish communities where everyone shares the experience of serving as a collaborative and compassionate leader, not sequentially, but concurrently and collectively. In other works, in leaderful practice leaders coexist at the same time and all together.

"My present work is tracing the links between the two research domains by applying and studying how practice-oriented learning methods might be used in leadership development to create a more collective, leaderful, and presumably more democratic form of leadership."



Bennett, S. J. and M. H. Snell, Executive Chess, New American Library (New York, NY), 1987.


Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), July 4, 1987.

New York Times Book Review, December 14, 1986.