Quotable Mumford
A collection of insightful & memorable offerings from the work of Dr. Mumford.

Home: Editorial
Key Learnings: Bridging Creativity and Systems Thinking
The Work: The Assessment and Development of High Level Talent
Book Review: Pathways to Outstanding Leadership
Book Review: Leadership 101



Influence by the Numbers
Web of Science Top 10
Quotable Mumford
Mumford Propositions
Selected Bibliography


Dr. Michael D. Mumford
Dr. Michael D. Mumford is the George Lynn Cross Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma where he directs the Center for Applied Social Research. The Center applies innovative concepts and methods to advance organizational policy and public health research. It approaches emerging issues from an interdisciplinary perspective to promote an understanding of social behavior and to develop practical and creative solutions to real-world problems.

Selected Professional Experience and Honors
Prior to the his work at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Mumford held faculty positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology and George Mason University. He has also been a Senior Research Fellow and Managing Partner of the American Institutes for Research.

Dr. Mumford is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 3, 5, 14), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Society. He has written more than 250 articles on creativity, innovation, planning, leadership, and ethics. He serves as senior editor of the Leadership Quarterly and is on the editorial boards of the Creativity Research Journal, the Journal of Creative BehaviorIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Business Ethics.

Dr. Mumford has served as principal investigator on grants totaling more than $30 million from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Department of Labor, and the Department of State. He is a recipient of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace.

Dr. Mumford received his doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in 1983 in industrial and organizational psychology and psychometrics. He received an M.S. from the University of Georgia in 1981 and a B.A. Bucknell University in 1979.

Current Areas of Concentration
Dr. Mumford’s current research focuses on four specific areas: (1) Identification and measurement of creative thinking skills. (2) Investigation of those skills that leaders must possess to perform well in dynamic organizational settings. (3) Examination of work place structure as it relates to skill growth and development. (4) Work on the potential applications of life history path as a tool for understanding career development.