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John E. Tropman

Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Social Work, School of Social Work

John Tropman is the director of Leadership in Community Benefit Organizations, a program initiated in the School of Social Work January 1, 2015 to organize and focus management content for management majors and Community Organization and Policy & Evaluation majors. His research focuses on the organizational elements that create high-performing human service (and other) organizations. Topics of special interest are entrepreneurship, effective group decision making, C-level executives, the problem of executive burnout and flameout, and organizational rewards systems.

Tropman is also interested in culture in general, and organizational culture in particular. His book, The Catholic Ethic in American Society, addresses this issue.

Research Interests/Focus

Research/scholarly interest: social welfare policy; community organization; non-profit management, entrepreneurship, c-level executives; leadership


Year Degree   School
1967 PhD Social Work and Sociology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1963 MA Social Work and Social Service Administration University of Chicago, IL
1961 BA Sociology Oberlin College, OH


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Tropman, J. E., & Tillotson, A. (2014). Early responders, late responders, and non-responders: The principal-agent problem in board oversight of nonprofit CEOs. Human Services Organizations Management, Leadership and Governance, 38(4).

Tropman, J. (2014). Effective Meetings: Improving Group Decision Making. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications.

Tropman, J. & Wooten, L. (2013). The 7C approach to executive leadership in the 21st century. Administration in Social Work, 37, 325-328.

Tropman, J. & Harvey, T. (2013). Nonprofit Governance: What to Do and How to Do It. ACTA Press.

Tropman, J. E., & Nicklett, E. J. (2012). Organizational theory. In B. A. Thyer, K. M. Sowers & C. N. Dulmus (Eds.), Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Theories for Social Work Practice. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Tropman, J. E., & Nicklett, E. J. (2012). Balancing the budget through social exploitation: Why hard times are even harder for some. Advances in Applied Sociology, 2(2), 111-119.

Tropman, J. (2012). Successful Community Leadership and Organization (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: National Association of Social Workers.

Tropman, J. (2012). Successful Community Governance and Organization (2nd ed.). NASW Press.

Tropman, J. E. (2010). The history of the MSW/MBA program at the University of Michigan: 1987-2009. Shukutoku Research Bulletin, Special Issue 41-56.

Tropman, J., & Wooten, L. (2010). Executive leadership: A 7C approach. Problems and Perspectives in Management, 8(4).

Tropman, J. (2010). [Review of the book A Complex Delight: the Secularization of the Breast]. Implicit Religion, 13(3), 1350-1750.

Gonzalez, R. P., Faller, K. C., Ortega, R. M., & Tropman, J. (2009). Exit interviews with departed child welfare workers: Preliminary findings. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3(1), 40-63.

Tropman, J., & Harvey, T. (2009). Nonprofit Governance: The Why, What, and How of Nonprofit Boardship. Lakeville, IN: Corby Books.

Tropman, J. (2009). High performance teams: Having effective and efficient meetings. Effective Executive 39-44. The Icfai University Press.

Tropman, J. E., Winfield, R., & Tropman, P. (2008). When illness comes to the corner office. Directors and Boards, 3, 28-30.

Tropman, J. E. (2008). Organizational theory. In K. M. Sowers & C. N. Dulmus (Eds.), The Comprehensive Handbook of Social Work and Social Welfare.

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