Ian Mitroff, Ph.D. is widely regarded as the founder of the discipline of crisis management. He specializes in crisis prevention, strategic planning, and the design of ethical work environments. Known for his thinking, writing, consulting, and speaking on a wide range of business and societal issues, Mitroff has published over 350 papers and articles and 27 books, including Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving The Wrong Problems Precisely, Why Some Companies Emerge Stronger and Better From a Crisis, and A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America.
He is the president and founder of Mitroff Crisis Management, a private consulting firm based in Oakland, California, that specializes in the treatment of human-caused crises. A regular consultant to Fortune 500 companies, universities, and governmental and not-for-profit agencies, Mitroff is also a frequent keynote speaker at national conventions of major professional and public organizations.
He is a university professor at the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, Alliant University, San Francisco. He is an adjunct professor in the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley. He is also a senior investigator in the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California, Berkeley.
He is professor emeritus from the Marshall School of Business and The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, where he was the Harold Quinton Distinguished Professor of Business Policy and the founder and director of the USC Center for Crisis Management.
Ian is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Academy of Management, and the American Psychological Association. In 1992-1993, he was president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. In September 2000, he was awarded an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Stockholm, Sweden. In September 2006, he was awarded a gold medal by the UK Systems Society for his life-long contributions to systems thinking.