Michael Pacanowsky


BA, English, Harvard College, 1970
MS, Communication, Michigan State University, 1977
PhD, Communication, Stanford University, 1979


2013 – present

Gore-Giovale Professor in Business Innovation, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Westminster College

Teaching and research on alternative approaches to management

1996 – 2013

Associate, W. L. Gore & Associates

OD specialist, responsible for significant strategic change initiatives

1987 – 1996

Associate Professor, Department of Communication,
University of Colorado—Boulder

Teaching/Research Emphasis:  Organizational Communication

1992 – 1994: Department Chair
1987 – 1992: Associate Chair

1977 – 1987

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
University of Utah

Teaching/Research Emphasis:  Organizational Communication

1985 – 1987: Director of Graduate Studies


2011 – present

Leading a project on “Sustaining the Gore Culture” to help leaders and emerging leaders understand the Gore culture more thoroughly, and weave culturally consistent practices into daily worklife

2007 – present

Leading the Communication and Collaboration Tools project effort, working with IT colleagues, to select and help teams implement virtual tools that will allow global and virtual teams to effectively achieve business outcomes.

2006 – present

Helping the Chief Strategy Officer run an annual offsite workshop to improve the leadership skills (both “hard” and “soft”) of the top 80 business leaders at Gore

2005 – 2007

Led the Enterprise Leadership Development project

2004 – 2005

Facilitated the development of the Enterprise Strategic Plan

2002 – 2004

Led the change management efforts of a project to rationalize the business structure in Europe away from country-based offices to European-wide business units

2000 – 2002

Led a project to rearticulate the values and understandings of the Gore culture at the request of the first non-family member CEO

1996 – 1999

Led efforts in several divisions to build an effective senior leadership team, as well as facilitate efforts to build divisional business strategies

1989 – 2002

Led the annual Gore Culture Survey that assessed the strengths and weaknesses of how the Gore culture was being practiced throughout the Enterprise


Michael Pacanowsky, “Team Tools for Wicked Problems,” Organizational Dynamics, Volume 23, Issue 3, Winter 1995, pp. 36-51

Michael Pacanowsky and Mary Strine, “The Grand Scrivener:  Text and Commentary,” in L. L. Cummings and Peter J. Frost, (eds.), Publishing in the Organizational Sciences, 1985, Homewood, IL: Richard. D. Irwin, pp.290-298.

Michael Pacanowsky, “Communication in the Empowering Organization,” in   Communication Yearbook 11, James Anderson (ed.), Sage, Newbury Park, CA, 1988, pp. 356-379.

Michael Pacanowsky, “Slouching Towards Chicago,” Quarterly Journal of Speech 74, 1988, pp. 453-467

Michael Pacanowsky and Nick O’Donnell-Trujillo, “Organizational Communication as Cultural Performance,” Communication Monographs 50, June 1983, pp. 126-47  (Awarded “Best Publication” by the Speech Communication Association—Organizational Communication Division)

Michael Pacanowsky, review of The Blockbuster Complex: Conglomerates, Show Business, and Book Publishing. by Thomas Whiteside, in Administrative Science Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 4, Dec., 1983, pp. 637-641

Linda L. Putnam and Michael E. Pacanowsky (eds.): Communication and Organization: An Interpretive Approach, 1983, Beverly Hills: Sage. (Awarded “Best Publication” by the Speech Communication Association—Organizational Communication Division)

Michael Pacanowsky and Nick O’Donnell Trujillo. “Communication and Organizational Cultures. Western Journal of Communication 46, Spring 1982, pp.115-130.

Murdock Pencil (pen name for Michael Pacanowsky), “Salt Passage Research:  The State of the Art,” Journal of Communication, Autumn 1976, pp. 31-36.

Reprinted in The Washington Post, Sunday, April 9, 1978, p. C-1 & p. C-5.

Reprinted in Change:  The Magazine of Learning, September, 1978, pp. 41-43.

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