• PhD American History, University of Missouri
  • MA American History, University of Missouri
  • BA American History, University of Missouri

Selected Publications

  • Spector, B. (2016). Discourse on Leadership: A Critical Appraisal. Cambridge University Press.
  • Spector, B. (2016). “Executive Incentives as an Instrument of Leadership – Says Who?” Leadership.
  • Spector, B. (2013). Implementing Organizational Change: Theory into Practice, 3rd edition. Pearson.
  • Spector, B. (2013). Understanding Your Business Client. American Bar Association.

Selected Presentations

  • “Reconsidering Leadership Discourse.” International Studying Leadership Conference. London (2015).
  • “Business Model Innovation: An Organizational Perspective,” with José Santos and Ludo van der Hayden. The Organizational Dimension of Business Model Innovation Conference. Copenhagen Business School, (2013).
  • “Billy Wilder's ‘The Apartment' and the Changing Popular Image of Corporate Life.” Academy of Management. Anaheim (2008).

Research & Teaching Interests

Spector has research and teaching interests in strategic leadership, change management, and business model innovation.

Industry & Academic Experience

Spector was co-director of the FBI's Emerging Executive program. He has consulted with organizations such as Arbella Insurance, James River, Motorola, the Radisson Edwardian Hotels, Coloplast of North America, and Ricoh, U.K. on issues relating to leadership, strategy, and change. He has also been a Visiting Senior Lecturer at MIT's Senior Executive Program, a visiting professor at INSEAD (France), MIT's Sloan School of Management, and an Associate of the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiations.

Services to the Profession

Spector is a member of the Academy of Management. He is on the editorial board of Leadership.

Awards & Recognition

  • Humanities Fellow, Northeastern University Humanities Center (2014-2015).
  • Best Paper, Academy of Management, Human Resources Division (August 2010).
  • Best Paper, Academy of Management, Management History Division. (August 2007).
  • Research Grant, National Science Foundation, “Barriers to Global Innovation” (2004-2006).