Derek Newberry, PhD

Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania

About Derek:

Derek Newberry is an organizational development consultant who advises senior leaders on the human factors that drive performance. He has designed and delivered leadership development programs and consulting projects for Fortune 500 companies in a wide range of sectors, including energy, financial services, management consulting, and health care. Recent projects include a large-scale study of subcultures in the U.S. Army and a cultural change strategy initiative for a Global 500 chemical manufacturing company. Derek is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught in the Organizational Dynamics program and in the Wharton School on interpersonal communication, collaboration, and corporate culture.

Derek is the co-author of Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance (Wiley Press, 2016), a Soundview Best Business Book of 2016. He is a contributor for Fortune and Entrepreneur, and his work has also been featured in Forbes, Quartz, and leading industry publications. He designed and launched a series of Coursera courses on building high-performing teams with University of Pennsylvania colleagues that have been taken by thousands of learners. Derek has published extensively and lectured internationally on cultural barriers to organizational change, including speaking engagements at the World Bank, Copenhagen Business School, Stanford University, and the University of São Paulo, among others.

Derek received his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he won a National Science Foundation grant to support his research on barriers to change in the Brazilian energy industry.


Executive Education Programs Taught:

LMC: Advancing Business Acumen

This program provides business insights to help high-potential managers in the construction industry, so they can improve their financial acumen and organizational collaboration.