- Author of best-selling and award winning books with over 80 internationally published titles
- President, Rothwell & Associates; World-renowned Consultant; Professor, Pennsylvania State University
- Heads the #1-ranked graduate program in HRD in the USA
- Professor of Human Resource Development, Pennsylvania State University
- National Thought Leader for a Linkage-DDI sponsored study of 18 multinational corporations that examined corporate best practices in succession planning and management
- Authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited over 80 books
- Best-selling book Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from with, 2nd ed. (New York: Amacom, 2001) is regarded by some as the "corporate bible" on succession management practices.
- Consulted on Succession Planning and Management with a wide array of organizations in business, government, and non-profit settings both in the U.S.A. and internationally.
- Chief investigator of 5 of ASTD's world-class competency models
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Organizational Development & Change Management
- Performance Management & Improvement
- Talent, Competency, HR Management & Succession Planning
- Training, Coaching, Mentoring & Action Learning
William J. Rothwell, PhD., SPHR, is President of Rothwell and Associates, Inc.. He is also Professor of Human Resource Development at the University Park campus of the Pennsylvania State University. He heads the #1-ranked graduate program in HRD in the US. As a Consultant, he has worked with over 40 multinational corporations.
Dr.Rothwell has worked in the Performance, OD and HR field since 1979 and has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited over 78 books and many best sellers. Among his most recent publications are:
- The encyclopedia of human resource management (3 volumes)
- Lean But Agile: Rethink Workforce Planning and Gain a True Competitive Advantage
- Invaluable Knowledge: Securing your company's technical expertise-Recruiting and retaining top talent, transferring technical knowledge, engaging high performers
- The manager's guide to maximizing employee potential: Quick and easy strategies to develop talent every day
- Human Resource Transformation
- Strategic Human Resource Leader, 2nd edition
- Practicing Organization Development, 3rd edition
- Planning and Managing Human Resources, 2nd edition
- Human Performance Improvement - Building Practitioner Competence, 2nd edition
- ASTD Models for Human Performance Improvement: Roles, Competencies and Outputs
- Career Planning and Succession Management
- Effective Succession Planning, 4th edition
- The Strategic Development of Talent
- Competency-based Human Resource Management
- What CEOs Expect From Corporate Training
- Beyond Training and Development, 2nd edition
- Improving On-The-Job Training, 2nd edition
- Becoming and Effective Mentoring Leader
- Maximizing Talent Potential
- The Workplace Learner: How to Align Training Initiatives with Individual Learning Competencies
Dr. Rothwell has been very active in the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).He was Chair of the Publishing Review Committee for several years, has served as Chapter President for 2 ASTD local Chapters, has served on the ASTD National Awards Committee, the ASTD dissertation awards committee, and the ASTD research article of the year Committee. He was Chief Investigator for research on 5 ASTD competency studies, including the most recent in 2012 which has not yet been published.
Dr. Rothwell was the winner of ASTD's prestigious Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance award in 2011 and 2012, an award given only to first-rate thought leaders in the field. He was a National Thought Leader for a Linkage-DDI sponsored study of 18 multinational corporations that examined corporate best practices in succession planning and management. His bestselling book "Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from Within," 4th ed. (New York: Amacom, 2010) is regarded by many as the "corporate bible" on succession management practices.