Ron Ashkenas is a Senior Partner of Schaffer Consulting, a management consulting firm based in Stamford, Connecticut. The firm specializes in organizational transformation, leadership development, and post-merger integration.
Ron's clients have included many of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as prominent financial, governmental, and non-profit organizations such as Cisco Systems, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Pfizer, The World Bank, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Zurich Financial Services, and ConAgra Foods. Ron was part of the original team that collaborated with then-CEO Jack Welch to develop GE's WorkOut approach for creating a faster, simpler, and more nimble organization. He also helped to develop GE Capital's approach to acquisition integration.
Ron is the author of "Simply Effective: How to Cut Through Complexity in Your Organization and Get Things Done" (Harvard Business School Press, 2010), as well as the co-author of "Rapid Results!" (Jossey-Bass, 2005), "The GE Work-Out" (McGraw-Hill, 2002), "The Boundaryless Organization" (Jossey-Bass, 1995 and 2002), and "The Boundaryless Organization Field Guide" (Jossey-Bass, 1999). In addition to his books, Ron's publications include dozens of articles. Five were published by the Harvard Business Review, including 'Making the Deal Real: How GE Capital Integrates Acquisitions' and 'Why Good Projects Fail Anyway'. Ron also writes his own weekly blog for Harvard Business Review On-Line.
Ron received his BA from Wesleyan University, his EdM from Harvard University, and his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, where he has also held several teaching assignments.