Associate Professor of Management
Organization Studies, Health Care
Tim Vogus, Associate Professor of Management, has been on the faculty of the Owen Graduate School of Management since 2004. He currently teaches a course in the MBA core curriculum on Leading Teams and Organizations (MGT 342) as well as an elective MBA course on Negotiation (MGT 448). He was named one of the 50 most influential business professors of 2013 and earlier named one of the Top 40 Business School Professors under 40 by PoetsandQuants.com in 2011. He was the recipient of the Owen Graduate School of Management Research Productivity Award in 2013. His teaching has been recognized with the James A. Webb Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and 2013. He was also a finalist for the Webb Award in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He previously taught Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and in 2002-2003 he received the Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.
Professor Vogus' research specifies the mechanisms through which organizations create and sustain a culture of safety as well as how they enact highly reliable (i.e., nearly error-free) performance through mindful organizing – a set of behaviors by which collectives detect and correct errors and unexpected events. Understanding the managerial practices and organizational processes that strengthen safety culture and unleash mindful organizing are an important part of explaining why some organizations perform so much better than others. He is especially interested in these dynamics in health care settings and their effects on the incidence of medical error at the point of care delivery. His earlier research has been published or is forthcoming in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Perspectives, Academy of Management Review, Annual Review of Public Health, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, Children and Youth Services Review, Health Services Research, Human Resource Management Review, ILR Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Patient Safety, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review, and Organizational Psychology Review. He has a book under contract from Stanford University Press titled First, Do No Harm: Creating Highly Reliable Health Care Organizations. He serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review and Health Care Management Review, is a founding and continuing member of the Blue Ribbon Panel that developed Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score, was a member National Academy of Science/National Research Council panel on Strengthening Safety Culture in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry, and serves as a Visiting Faculty at Johns Hopkins' Armstrong Institute for Quality and Safety and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Healthcare Administation at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Before his academic career, Professor Vogus worked with the Ford Motor Company in the area of Human Resources and Healthcare Management. Prior to that he was a business process analyst for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where he worked on competitive intelligence systems in the chemical industry and multiple system implementations in the utilities industry. He has also previously worked as a research assistant for the Cornell University Program for Employment and Workplace Systems and Public Sector Consultants, Inc. in Lansing, Michigan.
He received his PhD in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan and his BA in Political Economy and Spanish from Michigan State University.
B.A., Michigan State University, 1995
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004
Mindful organizing,high-reliability organizations, safety culture, medical error, patient safety, sensemaking, and health care organizations.