Dean M. Schroeder

Professor of Management at Valparaiso University


As a consultant and speaker, Dr. Schroeder has worked with many types of companies and organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has personally led organizational turn around and transformation initiatives, and served on the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for five years

Dr. Schroeder's latest book, The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking The Power in Bottom-up Ideas, will be available March 31, 2014. His best-selling book, Ideas Are Free: How the Idea Revolution is Liberating People and Transforming Organizations (co-authored with Alan Robinson), has been translated into nine different languages, was voted the Reader's Choice by Fast Company magazine and selected as one of the 30 best business books of the year by Soundview Executive Books. Dean shares the "Author of the Year - 2010" award from the Swedish Standards Institute with co-authors Louise Östberg and Alan Robinson for SMÅ IDÉER - STORA RESULTAT (Small Ideas - Huge Results). Dr. Schroeder has also published over eighty articles, for which he has received a number of awards including two Shingo Prizes.