Batten Institute

Robert H. Rosen



Bio: Robert Rosen is an internationally recognized psychologist, best-selling author, researcher, and business advisor to world-class companies. Each year he speaks to thousands of executives worldwide and appears regularly in the international media. He is Founder and CEO of the Healthy Companies International, a Washington, D.C.-based research, education, and consulting firm whose mission is to honor and strengthen the qualities of wise leadership in individuals, organizations, and communities around the world. HCI delivers leadership programs via the Internet to companies, governments, colleges, and associations around the world.

In 1991, Professor Rosen was awarded a six-year multi-million-dollar grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study leadership and healthy organizations. He has worked with organizations in 30 countries, including AT&T, Motorola, Federated Department Stores, Johnson & Johnson, Petro-Canada, Allstate, Addeco, Citibank, Herman Miller, Discovery Communications, and others.

Experienced in understanding both people and business, Professor Rosen teaches corporate leaders how to recognize the obstacles and leverage the opportunities of the new global economy. His most recent book, Global Literacies: Lessons on Business Leadership and National Cultures (Simon & Schuster), presents the strategies and lessons of 75 global leaders and their world class companies in 30 countries and was validated by a survey of 1,000 CEOs worldwide. His other books include The Healthy Company: Eight Strategies to Develop People, Productivity, and Profits (Putnam), and Leading People: Transforming Business from the Inside Out (Viking).

He received his B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Virginia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1984, he has held the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Expertise: Leading Organic Growth 


Fellowship Focus: Business leaders today are challenged with developing new means of growing revenue due to the poor success rate of the previously favored approach—mergers and acquisitions. Given the urgency of this challenge, the topic of organic growth has great potential to attract the attention of a corporate audience and to inform business practice in meaningful ways. The time is right to redirect attention to the possibilities inherent in well-executed approaches to internally-generated growth.

The few existing studies on this topic tend to focus on product development from an R&D perspective. While important for business products, this work fails to address the potential power of innovation in business models. Paying attention to the activities of line managers, and the opportunities for business model innovation represents an exciting opportunity to add to knowledge about how successful businesses grow through internally-generated means.

During his Batten Fellowship, Robert Rosen will focus on producing knowledge that encourages revenue growth within large corporations. Additionally, he will work with Darden faculty to develop instructional materials, such as cases, diagnostic instruments, and tutorials aimed at identifying and developing the key attributes required for successful growth leadership. Finally, he will collaborate in the design of educational experiences for graduate students and executives that build individual skills and enhance business practice.

Contact Info


Appointment: 2005–2006

Publications & News

Books include:

The Catalyst: How YOU Can Become an Extraordinary Growth Leader (co-author)

Global Literacies: Lessons on Business Leadership and National Cultures (Simon & Schuster)

The Healthy Company: Eight Strategies to Develop People, Productivity, and Profits (Putnam)

Leading People: Transforming Business from the Inside Out (Viking)

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