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Robert J. House University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Professor Robert J. House received his Ph.D. degree in Management from the Ohio State University. He went on to hold faculty appointments at Ohio State University, University of Michigan, City University of New York and the University of Toronto.  In 1988 he was appointed the Joseph Frank Bernstein Professor Endowed Chair of Organization Studies at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  A prolific writer, he authored more than 130 journal articles, several of which have been reprinted in numerous anthologies.  Among the multiple awards conferred, House received the award for Distinguished Scholarly Contribution to Management, the Eminent Leadership Scholar award, and the ILA Lifetime Achievement award, as well as many awards for outstanding publications. He also authored two papers, which are Scientific Citations Classics.  House was the Principle Investigator and Founder of the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Research Program (GLOBE). Further, he founded a non-profit foundation to sustain the GLOBE Project beyond his tenure including a board of directors and a constitution.  House was a Fellow of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, and Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  House’s major research interests were varied but focused on relationships among power, personality, and leadership in contributing to organizational performance. The last two decades of his life focused on the implications of cross-cultural variation for effective leadership.  Prof. House passed away on November 1, 2011.