Chris DeRose

Organizational Change Consultant

Action Learning Associates

Christopher DeRose is an active researcher and consultant in the area of organizational change and leadership.  He assists business leaders to improve their organization’s growth and profitability while concurrently developing the next generation of leadership.

His research and consultation in the areas of leadership, organizational change, and profitable growth has taken place in the automotive, telecommunications, publishing, e-commerce, software, financial services, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, energy, semiconductor, agriculture, retail and consumer goods industries.

DeRose is co-author (with Noel Tichy) of Judgment on the Frontline (2012, Penguin Portfolio) and has authored or co-authored numerous book chapters, development handbooks, and articles for diverse publications such as Fortune Magazine, Training & Development, and Journal of Cost Management.  His opinions and quotations have been featured in media outlets such Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, CNN and Fox Business.

DeRose is a partner with Action Learning Associates, a consulting firm specializing in development and delivery of CEO-driven, large-scale transformation.  He has consulted and taught around the world with companies such as Royal Dutch/Shell, Intel, 3M and Ford.  He has also worked closely with non-profit organizations, such as Boys & Girls Clubs and United Way.  His work has included service to the government and military sector with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense’s procurement division and Naval Special Warfare.  DeRose has taught in the MBA and Masters of Human Resource programs at the University of Connecticut.  He was an associate of the University of Michigan Ross Business School’s Global Business Partnership, a consortium of leading multinational corporations, from 1989 to 2012 and taught Executive Education with Noel Tichy at the Ross Business School.

Prior to becoming a consultant, DeRose worked in the financial services industry and led a sales organization in Japan.  He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.  He can be contacted via email at