The Magic and Beauty of Computer Science

Frank J. Barrett

Frank J. Barrett, Ph. D.is currently a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School where he works in the Program on Negotiations. He is also Professor of Management in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and has been Area Chair of the Management group since 2004. He received his BA in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame, his MA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. He has served on the faculties of Tilburg University (Netherlands), Katholieke University of Leuven in Belgium, Penn State University Behrend College, Case Western Reserve University, and Benedictine University.

Frank consulted to various organizations including Harvard University, Boeing, The U. S. Navy, Ford Motor Manufacturing Division, Ford Motor Information Strategy Group, Bell South, Granite Construction, GlaxxoWelcom, General Electric, British Petroleum, Nokia, Johnson and Johnson, Price Waterhouse Coopers, BBC, The Council of Great Lakes Governors, Omni Hotels, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Frank has written and lectured widely on social constructionism, appreciative inquiry, organizational change, jazz improvisation and organizational learning. He is co-author, with Ron Fry, of Appreciative Inquiry: Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Approach to Building Cooperative Capacity. He has published articles on metaphor, masculinity, improvisation, organizational change and organizational development in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science; Human Relations; Organization Science, and Organizational Dynamics as well as numerous book chapters. He wrote "Generative Metaphor Intervention: A New Approach to Intergroup Conflict" (with David Cooperrider) which won the award for best paper from the Organizational Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management in 1988. He won the best paper award again in 2003 for “Planning on Spontaneity: Lessons from Jazz for a Democratic Theory of Change,” a paper he co-authored with Mary Jo Hatch. He is co-editor of Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation (Vermont: Greenwood Books, 2001).

He is also an active jazz pianist. In addition to leading his own trios and quartets, he has traveled extensively in the United States, England, and Mexico with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.