Alumni Profiles: Dr. Philip Harris

Dr. Philip R. Harris, Ph.D. (FU-GSE ’54, ’56) is a management/space psychologist, as well as a prolific author and futurist, who received both his M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Fordham Graduate School of Education (as well as a B.B.A. in business from St. John’s University).

Dr. Harris is president of Harris International, Ltd. in California, founded in 1971 as a global management consultancy for human resource and organization development. He is also a former Catholic high school guidance counselor and administrator (at Saint Francis Prep in Flushing, Queens), as well as a former college vice president at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY and former faculty member at Pennsylvania State University and Temple University (in addition to lecturing at numerous universities worldwide). Presently in retirement, Dr. Harris is a Visiting Professor in cross-cultural management at the California School of International Management.

For the past 50 years, he has engaged in HR leadership development, focusing research and services on change, culture, communication and management. Dr. Harris has edited three journals, published over 250 articles, authored or edited 50 books, and been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a Fulbright Professorship to India, and a NASA Faculty Fellowship. He has also been the producer of major media projects, including the television series “Insight For Youth” on NBC’s Sunday Today Show, which was inspired by the best-selling group guidance series, “The Insight Series“, which he co-authored with the late Dr. James J. Cribbin (former Fordham professor) and the late Msgr. Bill McMahon (also a Fordham alumni).

Dr. Harris’s 51st book, entitled “Developing High Performance Leaders” will be published within the next year as an e-book by Elsevier Insights (who also published his classic work, Managing Cultural Differences, now in its 7th edition and used as a text in over 200 universities and colleges worldwide). The book represents 67 years of research and development in the fields of human resource development and leadership, and will be a textbook for schools of education and business.

For more information about Dr. Harris, please visit his website at www.drphilipharris.com. For a complete listing of Dr. Harris’s books, click here.

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