Cynthia "Cindi" Fukami, PhD

Daniels 484
Department of Management

Cynthia Fukami

Biography at a Glance

Cynthia (Cindi) Fukami (PhD, Northwestern University) is professor of management at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She has also been a visiting professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Her research interests lie primarily in the effective treatment of employees and in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She has published over 60 articles on a variety of management issues including the future of work and management education, employee voice, leading change and competing identities. With Steven J. Armstrong, she co-edited the Sage Handbook of Managerial Learning, Education, and Development. Her current work involves the well-being of professional workers.

Fukami has served her profession in several ways, including as an associate editor (AMLE, 2001-2004; JME, 1997-2000, 2005-2007, and 2011-present), editorial board member (AMJ, 1885-1990, JLOS, 2005-present, and BJHR, 2008-2010), and by holding office in international professional organizations (AOM-OB Division, 1985-1987, OB Teaching Society, 1987-1992). She also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Rocky Mountain Human Resource Planning Society (2007-2014), a Denver-based practitioner organization.

She has received teaching awards and research awards, and the Daniels Award for Faculty Excellence (2016) from the University of Denver, and the Susan Herman Service Award (2019) from the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

Select Publications

  • “Teaching Management in the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” with D. Allen and D. Wittmer, in M. Fellenz, S. Hoidn & M. Brady, The Future of Management Education, pp. 153-171, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge, 2022.
  • “A Course on the Future of Work: Building the Scaffold While Standing On It,” with D. Allen and D. Wittmer, Journal of Management Education, 46 (1), pp. 178-209, January, 2021.
  • “Current Connections: Controversy, Civility and Relevance in the Executive Business Classroom,” with D. Mayer, Management Teaching Review,, February, 2019.
  • “Educating Future Business Leaders to be Practically Wise: Designing an MBA Curriculum to Strengthen Good Decision Making,” with D. Wittmer, in Wendelin Kupers and Olen Gunnlaugson (eds.) Wisdom Learning: Perspectives on Wising-Up Business and Management Education, New York: Routledge, 2017, pp. 229-247.
  • “Not Living the Dream? An Expanded Model of Psychological Contract Breach and Fulfillment Among Professionals,” with A. Hamilton and S. Kim, final draft.


  • PhD, Major: Organization Behavior, Minor: Industrial Relations, Northwestern University
  • MA, Major: Organizational Behavior, Institute of Labor & Industrial Relations, University of Illinois
  • BA, Major: Personnel Psychology, Minor: Sociology and Political Science, University of Illinois

Professional Academic Activities

  • Co-edited the Handbook of Managerial Learning, Education and Development, with Steven Armstrong, published by Sage UK, 2009.
  • Fellow of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Management Education
  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Learning and Education

Courses Taught at Daniels

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Talent Management
  • Executive Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Future of Work

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient, Susan Herman Service Award, Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, 2019.
  • Faculty Career Champion, University of Denver, 2017
  • Recipient, Daniels Award for Excellence (Faculty), 2016
  • Recipient, C. Thomas Howard Endowed Teacher Scholar Award, Daniels College of Business, 2012.
  • Recipient, Scholarship of Teaching Award, Daniels College of Business, 2007.
  • Best symposium, Management Education and Development Division, Academy of Management, 2007.
  • Recipient, John D. Hershner Award in recognition of dedication to and support of the competitive, free enterprise economic system, Daniels College of Business, September, 2006.

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