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William J. Rothwell


William J. Rothwell

Biography:

William J. Rothwell, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPLP Fellow is a Professor of Learning and Performance in the Workforce Education and Development program, Department of Learning and Performance Systems, at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park campus. He is also President of his own consulting firms—Rothwell & Associates, Inc. and Rothwell & Associates, LLC. At Penn State University, he heads up a top-ranked graduate program in organization development/change. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 300 books, book chapters, and articles—including 111 books. Before arriving at Penn State in 1993, he had nearly 20 years of work experience as a Training Director and HR professional in government and in a multinational business. As a consultant he has worked with more than 50 multinational corporations--including Motorola, General Motors, Ford, and many others. He has traveled extensively and has visited China 83 times and Singapore 32 times—among many other international travels.

In 1997, he and his wife founded a small business—a personal care home for the elderly that employed 27 workers. That company was sold in 2017.