David S. Bright, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair
Rike Hall 250, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy., Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Curriculum Vitae


David Bright is department chair and a tenured Professor of Organizational Behavior and Organization Development. He received a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 2005.

David has 20 years of experience as a professional facilitator and executive coach with with expertise in training, leadership development, team dynamics, organizational development, strategic planning and change management processes. He designs holistic, customized services that maximize the likelihood for successful change. In recent years, he has specialized in helping executives who are experiencing deep challenges. He is an accredited consultant for the Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI).

David’s research focuses on the nature of excellence: he has studied the different meanings of excellence, the processes that enable various forms of excellence, and the practices that nurture excellence in organizations. More specifically, David’s writing explores leadership development, virtue ethics, Positive Organizational Scholarship, organizational virtuousness, Appreciative Inquiry, and classroom excellence. His work has been published in several well-regarded academic and practitioner journals. He has co-authored a textbook, Becoming a Master Manager: A Competing Values Framework (2015).

David has been recognized for outstanding, innovative teaching and service. He is a four-time recipient of the department “Teacher of the Year” honor and was the 2011 recipient of the New Educator Award from the OBTS Society for Management Education, an international organization for management educators. He has also received the outstanding service award from the WSU Raj Soin College for outstanding contributions to the institution. He currently serves on the executive committee of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management, one of the largest organizations for scholars in his area of expertise.

Past and current clients include such organizations as Wright State University, Wright Patt Credit Union, the U.S. Navy, Roadway Express, the U.S. EPA, and many other organizations in education, finance, research & development, healthcare, transportation, information technology, military, and government.


  • Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, 2005 – Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Master of Organizational Behavior and Master of Arts, International Area Studies (joint degree), 1999 – Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA
  • B.S. Accounting, 1996 cum laude – Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, US
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