Wendy E.A. Ruona

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic talent development
  • Organization development and change
  • Performance improvement
  • Theory-to-practice
  • Professional doctorate and doctorateness


  •  Ph.D. in Worforce Development (Human Resource Development), 1999
    University of Minnesota
  •  M.Ed. in Human Resource Development, 1996
    University of Minnesota


Research Summary

Devoted to developing: (1) aligned organizational systems that are poised to achieve strategy, foster optimal organizational effectiveness, and be amazing places for employees to work and (2) the leaders needed to enable that.

My work thus far that has contributed to my mission includes (1) Strategic planning, alignment, and implementation in organizations; (2) The systems that supports transfer of learning (applying/performing what’s learned in training back in the workplace); (3) Talent management (the integrated HR and organizational systems needed to identify, develop, and support critical talent pools); (4) Organization development and change; and (5) Building the HROD profession (foundations, what is required for strategic alignment and contribution). I also have a keen interest and growing area of research in the professional (or advanced practice) doctorate and “doctorateness” as related to professional practice.