You win with people. In fact, Timothy Baldwin believes people are the true differentiator for any organization’s success.
“To put it simply, it’s always about the people. We spend a lot of time in business school on process and on business-related issues, but the real difference maker is the people,” says Baldwin, whose professional interests include organizational change, leadership education and development, and managerial skill assessment.
Now in his 33rd year at Indiana University, Baldwin is the Randall L. Tobias Distinguished Professor of Business Leadership and chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Kelley School of Business. He specializes in leadership development and organizational change, a topic on which he has published numerous journal articles and two books, including Developing Managing Skills: What Great Managers Know and Do (McGraw-Hill: 2012) and Organizational Behavior: Real Solutions to Real Challenges (McGraw Hill: 2020).
It’s not just theory and principles, and it won’t be ethereal. The course focuses on hands-on execution. We’re looking at real cases in real situations, and my students have to make decisions. They have to consider: How do you make change in the context you’re in? Not just the theory of organizational change; we’re practicing doing it.
“I believe the words ‘change’ and ‘leadership’ are synonymous in many ways. You need leadership in positions in which you’re going to take people in a direction they wouldn’t otherwise go,” says Baldwin. “Physicians can be the agents of change in the healthcare industry.”
“I think you’d be hard-pressed to find an industry where organizational change is more relevant than healthcare,” continues Baldwin, who holds a PhD and an MBA from Michigan State University.
“There are disruptions in the industry in every way—from how doctors function, to how clinics are organized and how patients consume services. I contend it’s likely the driving force for many physicians in the Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program: to better understand how to manage change in their particular domains,” he adds.
Baldwin has designed and delivered numerous executive education seminars in the United States and abroad. He also has been recognized throughout his career for teaching excellence at both the MBA and undergraduate levels, including the Eli Lilly Alumni Teaching Award, the FACET All-University Teaching Award, and the Dow Innovation in Teaching Fellowship.
In his Kelley Physician MBA class on organizational change, Baldwin focuses on real-life situations, of which he’s had experience while consulting with top corporations like Eli Lilly & Company, FedEx, Whirlpool, and Cummins Engine, to name a few.
“It’s not about just theory and principles, and it won’t be ethereal. The course focuses on hands-on execution,” says Baldwin. “We’re looking at real cases in real situations, and my students have to make decisions. They have to consider: How do you make change in the context you’re in? It’s not about organizational change; we’re practicing doing it.”