Peter Topping

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  • Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management
  • Phone: 404-727-2071
  • Fax: 404-727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

Biography

Peter has served as Associate Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management since September, 2006.  In this capacity, Peter teaches leadership courses in all of the School's MBA program formats, with most of his classes in the Executive MBA curriculum, where he also teaches Organizational Behavior.  Currently, Peter has a Visiting Professor appointment at Mexico's leading business school - ITAM; and he has been a Visiting Professor at EM Lyon in France.  Peter also is an affiliated faculty member with the Nonprofit Studies program at the Andrew Young School of International & Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Over the previous thirty years, Peter served in a variety of senior administrative positions at four different universities.  The last fifteen of which were in Executive Education.  Peter joined Goizueta in 1999 as Executive Director of Executive Education, and helped build that organization's reputation and world ranking in delivering customized executive programs for corporations.  Among his major clients were market-leading companies such as The Home Depot, InterContinental Hotels Group, Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Siemens Medical Solutions, Synovus, Suez (France), and Lend Lease (Australia),

Peter is an active management consultant and executive coach.  Clients include AGL Resources, Avio-Diepen, CARE, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, DeKalb County Schools, Fluor Daniel, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glaxo SmithKline, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Home Depot, JM Huber, ORBIS International, Post Properties, Robert Bosch Corp., Sapient, Synovus, UNUM and the US Environment Protection Agency.

From 1994-99, prior to joining Goizueta, Peter was Director of the Daniel Management Center and Distinguished Lecturer in The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Peterwas a member of the faculty and administrator at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina from 1984 - 1994.

His most recent book, "Managerial Leadership," was published by McGraw-Hill in January 2002.   Peter published a research white paper on "Measuring Return on Investment of Executive Development" in 2005.  He served on the Board of Directors of the International University Consortium for Executive Education (UNICON) from 2000 - 2006.  Peter is also on the editorial review board of the International Review of Management.

Publications

  • On Being a Leader, Business and Economics Review, the University of South Carolina, 1997
  • Measuring Return on Investment of Executive Development, research white paper, 2005
  • Managerial Leadership, McGraw-Hill, January 2, 2002

Areas of Specialization

  • Leadership
  • Organizational change
  • Human resource management
  • Innovation & creativity
  • Teamwork & collaboration
  • Cross-cultural management

Achievements and Honors

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship (1982-84)
  • Volunteer of the Year, Chapel Hill, NC Public Sc

Memberships and Activities

  • Board of Directors, UNICON (international university consortium for executive education)
  • Board of Directors, Human Resource Leadership Forum (Atlanta)
  • Founding member, Duke Leadership Training Associates

Selected Consulting Clients

  • The Home Depot
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Synovus
  • CDC
  • US EPA
  • AGL Resources
  • The Mayo Clinic

Education

  • Ph.D. Education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 1989
  • Master's Education in Educational Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 1977
  • Bachelor's Arts in Psychology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 1976