Suzanne de Janasz, PhD

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PhD, Management, Organizational Development, USC

Adjunct Professor

Teaching Areas

  • Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Change/organization development
  • Mentoring/Career development

Personal Bio

Suzanne De Janasz, Ph.D., teaches The Art of Influence and Negotiation. She has spent the past two decades teaching in industry and academia, and on every continent except Antarctica. Her specialties include leadership, negotiation, change/organization development, and mentoring/career development.

She spent several years directing and teaching in customized executive programs at IMD (Switzerland) for clients such as Allianz, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Maersk, Metso, Nestlé, Novartis, Rabobank, Rio Tinto, Santandér, Skanska, and WWF. While at IMD, she led executive development programs on behalf of a Swiss non-profit whose mission is to facilitate greater independence and accountability in state-owned banks in countries such as Vietnam and Bosnia Herzegovina.

Dr. de Janasz continues to develop and deliver customized innovative programs for clients such as BAE Systems, Freddie Mac, and Henkel. Some of these programs on certain groups such as women, persons of color, mid-career to senior executives, STEM professionals, and family business owners.  She has also spent about a decade helping formerly trafficked women through HERA—a UK charity that empowers women with entrepreneurship skills and mentoring.

She is the author of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (Chicago Business Press, 2nd edition, 2019) and Interpersonal Skills in Organizations (McGraw Hill, 7th edition, 2022) and has won several teaching awards. Her work appears in top academic and practitioner journals (Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Harvard Business Review, Dialogue) and is featured regularly in global media outlets (Financial Times UK] Forbes India, Gulf Business Middle East, Straits Times Singapore), online (HBRonline,, and on radio podcasts (NPR’s With Good Reason). She’s also an avid tennis player.