Joel’s career has straddled the worlds of academia and consulting. For many years he held full and part time teaching and research appointments in organization design at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management, the Institute of Industrial Relations and the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. He published widely on work systems and technology design in manufacturing. From 1981-2011 he was an Executive Committee member of UCLA’s Human Resource Round Table for Senior Executives.
For over 35 years he consulted to many Fortune 500 and overseas companies, including United Airlines, Ford, General Motors, Hughes Aircraft, Rockwell International, Tropicana-Pepsi, Kraft-Nabisco, Stone-Smurfit, Sony, Warner Lambert, Eastman Chemical, Boeing, Lever USA, General Mills, Levi-Strauss, Coca Cola, Telecom Italia Spa, Omintel Spa, LG Group (Korea), Weyerhaeuser, and Hewlett-Packard. For the past 10 years he has concentrated on innovation and strategy in health care, primarily with Alegent-Creighton Health and Catholic Health Initiatives.
In the 1980’s he consulted to and co-authored projects for the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council’s Manufacturing Studies Board and the International Labour Office in Geneva. In the 1990’s he taught frequently in the University of Florence’s MBA Program on Technology Management in Italy and the CERAM-Nice School of Management’s MBA program in France. He also moderated executive leadership programs at the Aspen Institute.
Joel received his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Melbourne University’s Department of Economics in Australia. His postgraduate degrees are in Administrative Sciences and Industrial Sociology from Yale and Oxford Universities, respectively.