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Randall P. WHITE

Adjunct Professor

Hors Département

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Randall P. White is an Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris where he regularly teaches in various Executive Education programs. Among other responsibilities, he is the Academic Coordinator of Leadership courses in HEC Executive MBA.

An international thought leader in the field of executive coaching and leadership development, Dr White is a founding partner of Executive Development Group in Greensboro, NC (USA) and works as an executive coach, a leadership development instructor and facilitator. In addition to his affiliation with HEC Paris, he is an adjunct professor at the Fuqua School of Business and Duke University. He teaches with Duke Corporate Education (Durham, London, and Ahmedabad) and IE Business School (Madrid).

The author of three books and more than 100 articles and book chapters, Dr. White¿s writing illuminates leadership, talent management and executive coaching. He is a quoted source in the consumer and trade press.

In 1987, Dr. White co-authored the best-selling business book, Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach The Top Of America's Largest Corporations'; and in 1996, The Future of Leadership: Riding the Corporate Rapids into the 21st Century. He also co-authored Four Essential Ways That Coaching Can Help Executives in 1998 and Relax, It's Only Uncertainty in 2001, which culminated in the development of Ambiguity Architect, a 360 assessment that measures the ability to cope with uncertainty. In 2009, he contributed the capstone chapter to The Perils of Accentuating the Positive, challenging the strengths-based leadership movement. Much of Dr. White's work appears in multiple Western languages and Chinese.

Dr White is the former Director of Specialized Client Applications at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he was responsible for all custom programs, and has taught at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.

As a former president of the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), Division 13 of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow in Divisions 1 and 13 of the American Psychological Association, a Salzburg Fellow on Women¿s Issues and a former board member of the American Society for Training and Development, Dr. White has continually participated in the advancement of consulting psychology for leadership development. He currently leads the SCP international special interest group, was recently elected to serve Division 13 on the APA Council of Representatives, and publishes a blog on leadership (

Dr. White studied at Georgetown University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University, where he earned a doctorate in social psychology.


  • Ph.D., Cornell University - USA
  • Master of Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) - USA

Academic appointments

Academic Responsibilities at HEC

  • 2016-2019 Adjunct Professor, Cross-Departmental HEC Paris
  • 2016- Adjunct Professor, Cross-Departmental HEC Paris
  • 2006-2016 Affiliate Professor, Cross-Departmental HEC Paris