About Russ Linden

Russ Linden

Russ Linden is a management educator and author who specializes in organizational change methods. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia and at the Federal Executive Institute. He writes a column on management innovations for Management Insights, an online column sponsored by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Governing Magazine. In 2003 he was the Williams Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the State University of New York (Fredonia) School of Business.

His current teaching and consulting interests include collaboration, the human side of change, strategic thinking and acting, developing an agile and resilient culture, and crisis leadership. For more, see his web blog: http://russlinden.wordpress.com.

He has published numerous articles and five books. His book Seamless Government: A Practical Guide to Re-engineering in the Public Sector (Jossey-Bass, 1994), is considered the primary source on that topic by many. Working Across Boundaries is now in its 7th printing. It was a finalist for the best book on nonprofit management in 2002 (awarded by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management). His latest book, Leading Across Boundaries, focuses on the leader’s roles and challenges in making collaboration work.

His clients have included U.S. Government Departments of State, Treasury, HHS, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Education. He’s worked with several criminal justice, military, health care, intelligence and natural resource agencies. He’s also worked with private sector firms, a governor, a state attorney general, a number of state and local government agencies, elected officials, numerous U.S. and Israeli NGOs.

Previously Russ was a Senior Faculty Member at the Federal Executive Institute. He directed executive programs at the University of Virginia’s Center for Public Service,
taught at UVa’s McIntire School of Commerce, and managed human services programs.

His volunteer commitments include scholarship programs that help low-income youth afford college. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University of Michigan. His Ph.D. is from the University of Virginia. He and his wife have two adult children, and live in Charlottesville, VA.