More About Ken
Academically, I have been a tenure-track professor of management at UCLA, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, where I was also director of the Ph.D. program, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. I hold a Ph.D. from Purdue University in administrative sciences. I am a member of the Academy of Management, International Association for Conflict Management, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and the International Association for Applied Psychology.
I have an international reputation as a researcher. Click here for a selected set of research publications.
I am very concerned with the usefulness of my work. So I boil down issues to their essence to produce deceptively simple models that capture key factors in a way that is easy to remember.
I have also developed the assessment tools and support materials featured in this website so that coaches, managers, trainers and consultants can use them to make a difference in their organizations.
I have delivered workshops in various executive programs, made presentations to corporate boards and top management teams, and served as faculty for the National Association of Corporate Directors. I have also spoken at a number of professional organizations for trainers and change agents and written applied articles for their newsletters or magazines. I have also partnered with the New West Institute – an early-adopter consulting firm that uses my intrinsic motivation materials in all its change and executive coaching applications.
I took early retirement from academia in 2004 to spend more time on applied work.
I live with my wife and colleague, Dr. Gail Fann Thomas, in Monterey, California.
PRODUCTSIntrinsic Motivation at Work
What really drives employee engagement ... Work Engagement Profile
What motivates people to do their best ... TKI Booklet
The instrument for conflict styles ... Power Base Inventory
Leadership and influence styles ... Stress Resiliency Profile
A self-scoring assessment designed to ...