I'm Ben Baran.
I'm a human resource management and organizational behavior professor, management consultant and U.S. Navy officer fascinated by the world of work. Using science, I find innovative ways to guide people who want to know, understand and improve personal effectiveness and organizational performance. I also avidly pursue physical and psychological toughness by picking up heavy things and running (sometimes at the same time, but not usually).
I graduated from Villanova University with undergraduate degrees in political science and communication studies, and I earned my master’s in industrial/organizational psychology and Ph.D. in organizational science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When I’m not working with dynamos of the academic, business and military worlds, I enjoy hanging out with my wife and four rowdy kids.
But here's a more official bio.
Dr. Benjamin E. Baran is an assistant professor of management at Cleveland State University, where his teaching focuses on human resource management and organizational behavior. Previously, he was an assistant professor of management at Northern Kentucky University, where he was the 2012 recipient of the Haile/US Bank College of Business Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching.
In his research, Dr. Baran focuses on leadership, high-reliability organizing, and employee well-being. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of scholarly journals, including Human Relations, the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Small Group Research, Accident Analysis and Prevention, and Military Psychology, among others. He is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Society for Human Resource Management. He regularly presents his research at national conferences. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business and Psychology.
Dr. Baran delivers consulting solutions to organizations across a wide range of industries and sectors. He holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Human Resources Certification Institute and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management. Dr. Baran is a senior fellow of The Strategic Agility Institute, a global collaborative dedicated to producing and communicating knowledge related to leadership, team and organizational agility. He is a partner in the management consultancy Agility Consulting and Training LLC, in which he leads the firm’s Agility Analytics practice.
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Baran served as a public-relations professional at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and as an active-duty officer in the U.S. Navy. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, he led the warship USS Preble during more than 500 hours of complex operations at sea from the California coast to the Arabian Gulf. He continues his military service as a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Dr. Baran was recalled to active military service in November 2012 and served within NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan from December 2012 to December 2013 as a management and training consultant to the Afghan National Police in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dr. Baran holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and communication from Villanova University and earned his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and Ph.D. in organizational science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Most of the time, he can be found in the Cleveland/Akron area of Ohio.
Ph.D., Organizational Science: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
B. A., Political Science, Communication: Villanova University
May 2016-present: Cleveland State University—Assistant Professor
August 2011-May 2016: Northern Kentucky University—Assistant Professor
2010-2011: University of North Carolina at Charlotte—Instructor
2007-2010: University of North Carolina at Charlotte—Teaching and Research Assistant