Daniel Gruber is an Assistant Professor at Medill and Courtesy Professor of Management & Organizations in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Before joining the faculty in 2009, Dan completed his Ph.D. in business administration at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Dan’s research focuses on organizational sensemaking, the media industry and managing integration. His teaching centers on strategic communications, organizational change and leading media companies. Dan is a graduate of Washington University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and of Cornell University, where he completed a Master’s degree in business administration and a Master’s degree in industrial and labor relations.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Ph.D.
My goal is to enrich and expand the perspective that my students bring to the courses I teach. I aspire to make the classroom experience both rewarding and enjoyable. The energy I create in my classes is driven by my passion for teaching which is evident in every aspect of the learning process. Students motivate me to consistently evaluate new teaching approaches which have led me to use technology in the classroom in a creative manner. For example, I have been using Twitter to share relevant articles, facilitate class discussion, and link course frameworks to current events. Most recently, I was awarded an Innovative Teaching Grant from the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence to launch a mentoring project bringing graduate and undergraduate students in my classes together and to produce new learning opportunities across student populations.
• IMC 306-0 Introduction to Public Relations Strategies and Tactics
• IMC 457-0 IMC Implementation: Managing Integration
• IMC 490 / MEDM 926 Leading and Organizing Media Companies
• IMC 440 / IMC 441 Individual and Group Summer Residency Supervisor
Awards / Professional Organizations
• 2010 Northwestern University Searle Center for Teaching Excellence Innovative Teaching Grant
• 2009 Medill IMC Teacher of the Year Award (MS Program).
• 2008 Ross School of Business Teaching Excellence Award (BBA Program)
• 2007-2008 Dykstra Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, Ross School of Business
Publications / Presentations
• Gruber, D.A. “A Roadmap for Reliable Integration: Implications of High Reliability Organizing for Integrated Marketing Communications” (forthcoming in the Journal of Integrated Marketing Communications, 2011)
• Spreitzer, Gretchen, Coleman, M.S., and Gruber, D.A. (2007). “A Positive Approach to Strategic Leadership: Lessons from a University President.” In Hooijberg, R., Hunt, J., Boal, K., and Antonakis, J. (eds.), Being There Even When You Are Not: Leading Through Structures, Systems, and Processes, Oxford: Elsevier.
• Gruber, D.A. (2006) “The Craft of Translation: An Interview with Malcolm Gladwell.” Journal of Management Inquiry 15: 397-403.
• Gruber, D.A. (2005) “Inspired Leadership in Challenging Times: An Interview With Mary Sue Coleman.” Journal of Management Inquiry 14: 338-342.
• Hirsch, P.M. and D.A. Gruber. “Digitizing fads and fashions: How technology has ‘glocalized’ the market for creative products” Accepted for publication in Chapter for Handbook on Creative Industries, edited by Candace Jones, Mark Lorenzen, and J.D. Sapsed. Oxford University Press (forthcoming in 2012)
• Gruber, D.A. and G. Patriotta. “Turning noise into news: The role of expectancy frameworks in routinizing the unexpected”
• Gruber, D.A. “News making as sensemaking: towards an interdisciplinary theory of the financial media”
Research in Progress
• “How organizations integrate their marketing communications.” (With Don Schultz and Fred Crandall, Medill School) – Research began in fall 2010
• “Watch what you tweet: The impact of 140 characters on dispute resolution for individuals and organizations” (With Adam Galinsky, Kellogg School and Jeff Treem, School of Communication) – Research to begin in winter 2012
• Ad hoc reviewer: Perspectives on Process Organization Studies, Journal of Sports Management, Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory division and Managerial and Organizational Cognition division.
• Organizing committee of Social Interaction and Organizing at Northwestern (SION), which brings together researchers from across the Northwestern campus
• Faculty recruiting committee member – Medill School IMC program
• Advisor for several graduate students in the IMC program
• Dissertation committee member for a doctoral candidate in the School of Communication
• Faculty advisor of the Vitamin IMC graduate student blog
• 2011 National Academy of Management Meetings
Facilitated research roundtable session “Making sense of organizational identity”
• 2011 Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference
Presented “Mentoring Across Campus”
Presented “To tweet, or not to tweet”
• 2008 National Academy of Management Meetings
Organized (with Klaus Weber and Daniel Beunza) a showcase symposium “Market Devices: Understanding the Underbelly of Financial Markets.”
Presented “Bouncing Back: A case study of resilience” in a showcase symposium.
• 2008 European Group of Organizational Studies Colloquium
Presented (with Gerardo Patriotta) in the organizations and media track “Newsbreaking and Sensemaking.”
• 2007 National Academy of Management Meetings
Organized showcase symposium (with Beth Bechky) “Screams, SWAT teams, and States of Emergency: Understanding Organizational Surprise.”
Presented “Tuning into Surprise,” a qualitative study of a local TV newsroom.
• 2007 National American Sociological Association Meetings
Presented a poster (with Jerry Davis) “Dollars and Sense? An empirical investigation into the organizational tactics employed by firms to interact with the financial media.”
• 2006 National Academy of Management Meetings
Organized All-Academy symposium “Enacting the news: real-time learning and organizing in newsrooms” (with Kathleen Sutcliffe).
Co-organized: “Learning about resilience”
• 2011 Northwestern University Searle Center for Teaching Excellence
“Mentoring Across Northwestern: Lessons Learned from Bringing Undergraduate and Graduate Students Together”
• 2011 Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management Panelist “Best Practices in MBA Teaching Workshop Series”
• 2011 Northwestern University Teaching, Learning and Technology Workshop
Panelist, “Teaching with Social Media Workshop”
• 2010 Northwestern University Medill Faculty Colloquium
“News-breaking and Sense-making: The Challenge of Breaking News”
• 2010 Northwestern University Scholarly Resources & Technology Series
Co-presenter. “More than 140 Characters: Twitter for Teaching and Learning”