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Elaine Pulakos, Chair

Elaine D. Pulakos, PhD.  Elaine has spent her career working with organizations to design and implement talent management systems and processes in the areas of performance management, leader and employee development, staffing, complex behavior change, and adaptability. She also has extensive experience in organizational development and culture change.  Elaine has written numerous articles and books, including: Performance Management: A New Approach for Driving Business Results; Implementing Organizational Interventions: Steps, Processes, and Best Practices; and The Changing Nature of Performance: Implications for Staffing, Personnel Actions, and Employee Development, as well as three best-practice volumes on performance management, driving a high performance culture, and staffing for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Most recently, her work has focused on performance management reform and specifically gaining more value and ROI from performance management processes. She has written two recent articles that have been influential in fundamentally shifting how performance management is designed and executed in organizations – in 2011, Why is performance so broken? and in 2014, Performance management can be fixed.

Her work has been recognized with several awards, including the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) Distinguished Professional Contributions Award, the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace, and the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award for Best Professional Publication. Elaine is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and SIOP, where she also served as President.

Elaine holds a MA and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Michigan State. She is currently President of PDRI, a CEB Company, and an Executive Director, CEB.


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