David A. Waldman is currently a professor of management in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. His research interests focus largely on leadership processes, especially at the upper levels of organizations. His accomplishments include over 100 articles in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Administrative Science Quarterly, and The Leadership Quarterly. He has also published 2 books on 360-degree feedback and leadership and open communication, respectively.
He is on several editorial review boards of journals and previously served as associate editor for two journals. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, as well as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Professor Waldman has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies and governmental agencies.
For the past 9 years, Professor Waldman has been a co-principal investigator for the Neuroscience of Leadership Project, centered largely at Arizona State University. The goals of the project are to: (1) understand how the functioning of the brain can be linked to effective leadership behavior, and (2) formulate neuro-feedback procedures for the purpose of developing effective leader qualities. He has received a grant of $208K from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Most recently, Professor Waldman’s efforts include partnering with Advanced Brain Monitoring, Inc. (ABM) for the purpose of simultaneous qEEG assessment of multiple members of problem-solving teams.
In the future, Professor Waldman would like to find ways to use neuroscience to work in conjunction with traditional leadership development techniques, such as 360-degree feedback and executive coaching. He is interested in forming a center or institute dealing with neuroscience applications in organizations and business.