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John E. Tropman

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

John E. Tropman

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

Education

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

Websites

Personal Home Page
http://socialimpact.umich.edu/
Year Description
2006 Tropman, J. E. (2006). Supervision for Retention, Recruitment and Retention Project. Presented at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2006 Tropman, J. (2006). Effective group decision making. Presented at USAF, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH.
2006 Tropman, J. (2006). Strategic planning. Presented at the Emergency Physicians Medical Group, Ann Arbor, MI.
2005 Tropman, J. E. (2005). Effective executiveship. Presented at the Alliance for Children and Families.
2005 Tropman, J. E. (2005, January). Effective group decision making. Presented at the Drachler Program in Jewish Communal Leadership, Ann Arbor, MI.
2005 Tropman, J. E. (2005). Why Americans hate the poor. Presented at the Hebrew Union Institutes on Ethics, Cincinatti, OH.
2004 Tropman, J. E. (2004, September). The Catholic ethic in secular settings. Presented at Catholic Healthcare, Dayton, OH.
2004 Tropman, J. E. (2004, November). The Catholic ethic and the spirit of community. Presented at the St. Johns Seminary, Los Angeles, CA.
2004 Tropman, J. E. (2004, December). Strategic planning. Presented at the Anti Defamation League, Detroit, MI.
2003 Tropman, J. E. (2003, May). Effective group decision making. Presented at USAF, Dayton, OH.
2002 Tropman, J. E. (2002, May). Creating an institute for vital and productive aging. Presented at the University of Houston, TX.
2002 Tropman, J. E. (2002, April). Executive characteristics and competencies. Presented at the Alliance 1 Executive Training, Baltimore, MD.
2001 Tropman, J. E. (2001, September). The nonprofit institute. Presented at the Pittsburgh Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.
2000 Tropman, J. E. (2000, July). The nonprofit board - pressures and problems. Presented at the 4th International Conference, International Society for Third Sector Research, Dublin, Ireland.
2000 Tropman, J. E. (2000, January). Strategic planning. Presented at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, MI.
1999 Tropman, J. E. (1999, February). The Catholic ethic and community welfare. Presented at the University of Portland, OR.
1999 Tropman, J. E. (1999, Fall). Effective decision making. Presented at Michigan State University, MI.
1998 Tropman, J. E. (1998, February). Decision problems and decision rules. Presented at The Decision Consortium Seminar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1998 Tropman, J. E. (1998, January). On the potentials and pitfalls of a "Catholic ethic ." Presented at the Departments of Economics and Theology, St. Louis University, MO.
1997 Tropman, J. E., Guizzardi, G., Gluchman, V., & Reynal, G. (1997). Protestant and Catholic ethics: The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism "v" the Catholic ethic and the spirit of communalism. Presented as part of "Theology, the Study of Religion and Religious Studies," at the XXIVth Conference, "Religion: The City and Beyond," International Society for the Sociology of Religion.
1997 Tropman, J. E. (1997). Making meetings work: Achieving high quality group decisions. Presented at the Alumni University Summer Seminar, The Alumni Association of The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1996 Tropman, J. E. (1996). Change. Presented at the Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.
1996 Tropman, J. E. (1996). Rewards systems. Presented at the United Way of Windsor.
1996 Tropman, J. E. (1996). Effective group decision making. Presented at the Michigan State Police, Lansing, MI.
1996 Tropman, J. E. (1996). Transformational leadership. Presented at the United Way Executive Leadership Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
1995 Tropman, J. E. (1995). Networking. Presented at the Ann Arbor, MI.
1995 Tropman, J. E. (1995). Executive leadership. Presented in Ann Arbor, MI.
1995 Tropman, J. E. (1995). Boardship. Presented in Ann Arbor, MI.
1995 Tropman, J. E. (1995). Effective group decision making. Presented at the U.S. Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
1995 Tropman, J. E. (1995). Conflict resolution. Presented at The Comprehensive Health Models of Michigan, St. Clair County.
1994 Tropman, J. E. (1994). Transformational leadership. Presented at the Center for the Education of Women, Ann Arbor, MI.
1994 Tropman, J. E. (1994). Transformational leadership. Presented at the Hawaii Association of United Way, Honolulu.
1994 Tropman, J. E. (1994). Effective decision rules. Presented at the University Seminar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1994 Tropman, J. E. (1994). The modern board. Presented at The New Center, Ann Arbor, MI.
1994 Tropman, J. E. (1994). Effective group decision making. Presented at the U.S. Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
1994 Tropman, J. E. (1994). B#, don't Bb. Presented at the Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania.
1993 Tropman, J. E. (1993). Transformational leadership. Presented at the Indianapolis, IN.
1993 Tropman, J. E. (1993). The Catholic ethic and charities. Presented at the Independent Sector Research Conference, San Antonio, TX.
1993 Tropman, J. E. (1993). The Catholic ethic. Presented at the Society for The Study of Implicit Religion, Ilkley, England.
1992 Tropman, J. E. (1992). Total quality management in human services. Presented at the United Way, Windsor, Ontario.
1992 Tropman, J. E. (2002). Effective board decision making. Presented at the Family and Children's Services, Pembroke, Ontario.
1992 Tropman, J. E. (1992). The issues of board governance. Presented at the Family and Children's Service, Sarnia, Ontario.
1991 Tropman, J. E. (1991). The Catholic ethic. Presented at the Society for International Study of Religion, Maynooth, Ireland.
1991 Tropman, J. E. (1991). The model board of directors and organizational governance. Presented at The Storefront for Voluntary Agencies, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.
1991 Tropman, J. E. (1991). Executive leadership. Presented at the United Way of The Lower Mainland, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1991 Tropman, J. E. (1991). The challenges to public administration in the future. Presented at Northern Illinois University.
1991 Tropman, J. E. (1991). Reinventing social work for the 21st century. Presented at the University of Minnesota.
1990 Tropman, J. E. (1990). Transformational leadership. Presented in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada.
1990 Tropman, J. E. (1990). Charity and the Catholic ethic. Presented at the Religious Research Association, Rome, Italy.
1990 Tropman, J. E. (1990). The role of the professional school in a research university. Presented at the University of Illinois.
1990 Tropman, J. E. (1990). The bases of social exploitation. Presented at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1989 Tropman, J. E. (1989). Effective volunteers. Presented at the United Way of Ann Arbor, MI.
1989 Tropman, J. E., & Teitelbaum, M. (1989). The importance of emotional management in the workplace. Presented at the Midwest Academy of Management, Columbus, OH.
1989 Tropman, J. E. (1989). Strategic planning. Presented at the Home Support Association of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1988 Tropman, J. E. (1988). Effective meetings. Presented at the United Way of Michigan.
1988 Tropman, J. E. (1988). Executive leadership. Presented at the United Way of The Lower Mainland, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1987 Tropman, J. E. (1987). Beyond the right stuff: A new perspective on entrepreneurship. Presented at the University of Michigan, School of Business Alumni, Detroit, Chicago.
1987 Tropman, J. E. (1987). Executive leadership in the l990's. Presented at the United Way, Halifax.
1986 Tropman, J. E. (1986). Methods of social research involving elder respondents. Presented at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Atlanta, GA.
1985 Tropman, J. E. (1985). A Catholic ethic? Presented at the Cushwa Center Conference on American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame.
1984 Tropman, J. E. (1984). The Catholic ethic and the spirit of welfarism. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education, Detroit, MI.
1984 Tropman, J. E. (1984). Policy management and the human services. Presented at the United Way of Windsor and Essex County.
1984 Tropman, J. E. (1994). Value conflict in designing programs for the elderly. Presented at the Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia.
1983 Tropman, J. E. (1983). Policy management in the human services. Presented at the Region 14 Council on Aging, Muskegon, MI.
1983 Tropman, J. E. (1983). Japanese management for the human services. Presented at the Office of Services to the Aging, Lansing, MI.
1982 Tropman, J. E. (1982). The Catholic ethic and the spirit of welfarism. Presented at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1982 Tropman, J. E. (1982). Boards of directors of voluntary associations. Presented at the United Way of Canada, Montreal.
1982 Tropman, J. E. (1982). Policy opinion and the elderly: America, Europe, Japan. Presented at the North Central Sociological Association, Detroit, MI.
1982 Tropman, J. E. (1982). New horizons in social policy. Presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems, San Francisco, CA.
1982 Tropman, J. E. (1982). Values and aging: An international perspective. Presented at the North Central Sociological Association Meeting, Detroit, MI.
1981 Tropman, J. E. (1981). Social policy and aging in Japan. Presented at the Institute of Gerontology, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
1980 Tropman, J. E. (1980, May). Religious tradition, social policy and the elderly. Presented at the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Ann Arbor, MI.
1980 Tropman, J. E. (1980). American social policy: Continuity and change. Presented at the International Education Center, Tokyo.
1980 Tropman, J. E. (1980). Beyond policies of rectification: The need for a comprehensive assessment of the elderly poor. Presented at the Gerontological Society, San Diego, CA.
1980 Tropman, J. E. (1980). Policy and service issues in the organization of social services. Presented at the National Conference of Social Welfare, Cleveland, OH.

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