Frank Shipper, Ph.D., is Professor of Management in the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. He has dedicated much of his academic work to the use of 360 feedback to develop appropriate skills in the workplace. He has studied the Task Cycle® and used Task Cycle® Surveys extensively in his research.
"The reason I started using the Management Task Cycle is because it is an integrative framework," says Dr. Shipper. "I was frustrated by most of the organizational behavior approaches. They fail to integrate the different material presented. Thus, I began to use the Management Task Cycle as a teaching framework over a decade ago. I found that students responded to it much better than any other framework I used."
One of his recent articles is "Cross-Culture Study of Managerial Skills, Employees’ Attitudes and Managerial Performance: New Insights or Back to Basics?"*
Among his most recent books is Task Cycle Management: A Competency-Based Course for Operating Managers. Together with John Dillard Jr., he published "A Study of Impending Derailment and Recovery of Middle Managers Across Career Stages" in the Winter 2000 edition of Human Resource Management. The Management Task Cycle forms the basis of this analysis. The authors conclude that managers can avoid or recover from career derailment by developing self-awareness and specific managerial skills. To obtain a reprint of the article and learn how the authors reached their conclusions, contact Professor Shipper through his web site.
Other recent articles by Frank Shipper appear in the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Dynamics, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Quality and Participation, Human Relations, and Human Resource Development Journal. He has received awards from the Academy of Management, American Assembly of Collegiate School of Business, HR Global Network, and twice from the Center for Creative Leadership for his work on management development. He has been a consultant to a number of organizations. Recently, he assists organizations in developing and validating their management development programs.
*Shipper, F., Davy, J., Hoffman IV, R. C., & Rotondo, D. M. (2006). Abstract to be published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Management, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 5-10, 2006.