Ronald  Sims

Floyd Dewey Gottwald, Sr. Professor of Business Administration

Area: Organizational Behavior
Phone: (757) 221-2855
Email: [[Ronald.Sims]]
Office: Miller Hall 3067-C
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Ronald R. Sims is the Floyd Dewey Gottwald Senior Professor in the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary where he teaches leadership and change management in the Executive, Residential and Flex-Masters in Business Administration Programs, and organizational transformation/change management, organizational behavior and business ethics in the BBA program.  He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University.  His research focuses on a variety of topics to include leadership and change management, HRM, business ethics, employee training, and management and leadership development (i.e. Human Resource Development), learning styles, and experiential learning.  Dr. Sims is the author or co-author of thirty-one books, fifty-five chapters and more than eighty articles that have appeared in a wide variety of scholarly and practitioner journals.

Professor Sims has provided consultation and executive education in the areas of change management, business ethics/reputation management, human resource management (HRM) and employee and leadership development to organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors over the past twenty-seven years.  This work has included diagnosing the need for, design, implementation, and evaluation of organization transformation/change efforts and developing, designing, implementing and evaluating human resource development efforts for employees at all levels of the organization.

Dr. Sims served as a federally appointed Receiver and consultant from July 2002 through November 2008 in United States of America v. Jefferson County, Birmingham, AL, where he was responsible for a system-wide change effort at the Personnel Board of Jefferson County (PBJC) which was responsible for the 10,000 employees in the personnel system.  Professor Sims retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves in 1997 after twenty-four years of active and reserve service.

  • Human Resource Management for the Millennial Generation (2012)
  • Experiences in Teaching Business Ethics (2011)
  • Change (Transformation) in Government Organizations (2010)
  • Reforming (Transforming?) a Public Human Resource Management Agency: The Case of the Personnel Board of Jefferson County, Alabama (2010)
  • Executive Ethics: Ethical Dilemmas and Challenges for the C-suite (2008)
  • Human Resource Management: Contemporary Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities (2007)
  • Learning Styles and Learning: A Key to Meeting the Accountability Demands in Education (2006)
  • Human Resource Development: Today and Tomorrow (2006)
  • Leadership: Succeeding in the Private, Public, and Not-for-Profit Sectors (2005)
Areas of Interest/Expertise
  • Organization Change
  • Employee Training & Management Development
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Experiential & Adult Learning
  • Human Resource Management