Pepperdine GSEP Faculty Directory
Susan Nero, PhD
Visiting Faculty, Education
PhD, Graduate School of Management, University of California Los Angeles; BS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Nero began her study of organizations when she worked at the University of Wisconsin documenting relationships between the traditionally Negro colleges and mainstream colleges and universities. Later she helped research the introduction of the experimental Women's Health Care Practitioner role into the work structure of the Women's Clinic at Harbor General Hospital in Los Angeles.
From her work as a researcher, Dr. Nero transitioned into the role of organization change practitioner. Her first engagement was at Hughes Aircraft, where she provided management development training. She was the first woman to be hired at Hughes in that capacity. Since then she has worked with scores of organizations in many sectors, including technology, banking, higher education, health care, government, retail, and consumer goods. Her consulting practice includes work with individuals, teams, and larger systems. Her focus is on the creative integration of individuals and systems. Much of her practice has been helping managers exercise more interpersonal courage and competence in their jobs and in their organizations.
Dr. Nero began teaching at Antioch University Los Angeles in 1980 and is currently Chair of the M.A. in Organizational Management Program there. Her teaching there is in the Organization Development curriculum. In addition to her work in the EDOC program, she has taught at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, the Stanford Business School, American University, and John F. Kennedy University.