Christopher S. Dawson, Ph.D.
Chris Dawson is President of Dawson Consulting Group, a management consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, California. The firm builds client capabilities in three practice areas: Strategy, Culture and Leadership. Dr. Dawson has 25 years as trusted advisor to C-suite executives and Boards of Directors, aimed at improving business performance to create shareholder value.
Areas of ExpertiseDr. Dawson has subject matter expertise, numerous tools and methods in strategy implementation, talent management, organization design, culture change, and executive effectiveness. His book Leading Culture Change: What Every CEO Needs to Know was published by Stanford University Press in May 2010, and he is a frequent speaker and author in the organizational effectiveness area. The new book is a practical handbook for senior executives, HR and organizational effectiveness consultants and graduate students who aspire to be CEO's. It contains numerous case examples, practical tools and a framework for leaders to successfully change their culture in the service of value creation. His educational background - first as clinical psychologist working with families and then MBA in strategy and culture - provide a unique blend of capabilities in people and business.
Much of his work has been with technology firms in Silicon Valley, helping executive leadership teams shape and change their organizational culture through focus on strategy alignment and modeling of authentic behaviors. He also has extensive experience in optimizing the interface between family dynamics and the Family-run Business, creating culture change and optimizing IT capability in Healthcare, in Financial Services and Professional Services firms.