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Stan Harris has been on Auburn’s faculty since 1986 and has served as associate dean since 2013. His teaching responsibilities include the introductory class, “Organizational Leadership and Change,” for all executive and physician executive MBAs. In recognition of his teaching excellence, Harris is a recipient of the College’s Colonial Company Teaching Effectiveness award and the Management Department's 2013 teaching award. He also received the College’s 2018 “Best All-Around Faculty Award” for his contributions across all facets of the College’s mission.
Harris's areas of research include organizational change and transformation, corporate culture, cognitive and emotional sensemaking and sensegiving, and organizational assessment. Of his more than 50 publications, six of his research papers have won awards, including two "best paper" awards from the National Academy of Management. One research paper has been identified as “classic reading.”
His research, which has been cited more than 13,000 times, has appeared in such outlets as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Change Management, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Human Relations, Strategic Management Journal, and Group and Organization Management. Harris is a member of the Academy of Management and Southern Management Association and serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Change Management.
Through his consulting, group facilitation, and training activities, Harris has been involved with the strategic planning and change efforts of diverse organizations in the US and abroad such as Whirlpool, Amdahl IT Services, McKesson Provider Technologies, UCB Chemicals Corporation, Regions Bank, AuburnBank, ATS Light Alloy Wheels, East Alabama Medical Center, Auburn University, Sony Magnetic Products, and MacMillan Bloedel. In recognition of his diverse activities with the business community, Harris is a recipient of the College of Business’s Excellence in Outreach Award.