Jackson Nickerson

Frahm Family Professor of Organization & Strategy

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Nickerson’s research focuses on leadership issues around why firms choose different organizational structures and the performance implications of these choices; with a special emphasis on knowledge, innovation, and problem formulation and solving. Through executive education and consulting activities, Jackson has engaged and impacted numerous organizations for industries including architecture and art, chemicals, education, finance, health care, and pharmaceuticals. Nickerson is also Brookings Non-resident Senior Scholar in Government Studies and associate dean and director of the Brookings Executive Education Program.


Leading by thinking

Leading by thinking

In the Brookings Executive Education program, the Olin Business School partners with the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., to provide our public leaders with new or enhanced capabilities to lead their agencies.

Leading change from the middle

In his new book, “Leading Change from the Middle,” Jackson Nickerson, PhD, the Frahm Family Professor of Organization & Strategy in Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, offers a practical and novel approach for building extraordinary capability without the traditional use of authority.

The government must develop collaborative enterprise leaders to solve its ‘wicked’ problems, new book suggests

The American public looks to the federal government to successfully respond to and solve our “wicked” problems. A new book co-edited by Jackson Nickerson, PhD, professor of strategy at Olin Business School, suggests government leaders must be better collaborators. The book is Tackling Wicked Government Problems: A Practical Guide for Developing Enterprise Leaders.

Motivating government workers in difficult times

As the financial crisis in America persists, government positions are being cut, causing motivation to spiral downward. How can worker motivation in government positions not hit bottom? Jackson Nickerson, PhD, the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at Washington University’s Olin Business School, suggests employee motivation comes from three different sources: economic, social and emotional and ideological.