Tim Vogus

Tim Vogus

Faculty Director, Leadership Development Program
Brownlee O. Currey, Jr., Professor of Management
Deputy Director, Frist Center for Autism and Innovation

Subject Areas

Health Care, Organization Studies


Nationally recognized for his teaching abilities and his research on making health care delivery safer and workplaces more inclusive of neurodiversity, Tim Vogus teaches a class on leading teams and organizations that is among the most popular at Owen.

Awards & Accomplishments

Professor Vogus was named one of the 50 most influential business professors of 2013 and earlier named one of the Top 40 Business School Professors under 40 by PoetsandQuants.com in 2011. He was the recipient of the Owen Graduate School of Management Research Productivity Award in 2013 and the Research Impact Award in 2022. His teaching has been recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management in 2019, the James A. Webb Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and 2013; he was a finalist for the Webb award on 11 other occasions, and a Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation in 2018. He previously taught Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, and in 2002-2003, he received the Gerald and Lillian Dykstra Fellowship for Teaching Excellence.


Professor Vogus is the Faculty Director of the Leadership Development Program and the Deputy Director of the Frist Center for Autism and Innovation. He serves as an Associate Editor of Health Care Management Review and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Service Management. He previously served as the Division Chair for the Health Care Management Division of the Academy of Management. He is also a founding and continuing member of the Blue Ribbon Panel that developed Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score and was a member National Academy of Science/National Research Council panel on Strengthening Safety Culture in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.


Professor Vogus’ research has been published or is forthcoming in an array of top autism (Autism), health services (Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care, Medical Care Research and Review), industrial relations (ILR Review), management (Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Review, Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior), medical (Annals of Emergency Medicine), nursing (Journal of Nursing Administration), and social work (Children and Youth Services Review) journals. With Ariel Avgar, he co-edited The Evolving Healthcare Landscape: How Employees, Organizations, and Institutions Adapt and Innovate for Cornell University/ILR Press.


Professor Vogus teaches Leading Teams and Organizations within the MBA core curriculum.

Research Interests

Professor Vogus' research specifies how to create and sustain highly reliable (i.e., nearly error-free) performance by strengthening safety culture and habituating mindful organizing – a set of behaviors by which collectives detect and correct errors and unexpected events. He is especially interested in these dynamics in health care settings and their effects on care quality, the incidence of medical error, patient experience, and frontline caregiver outcomes. More recently, he has turned his research to creating workplace cultures that are more supportive and inclusive of neurodiversity as well as technologies that can help employers rethink existing practices inimical to neurodiversity (e.g., job interviews, feedback and performance reviews).


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004

B.A., Michigan State University, 1995





Select Publications



Hilligoss, Brian, & Vogus, Timothy J.  (2015).  Navigating Care Transitions: A Process Model of How Doctors Overcome Organizational Barriers and Create Awareness.  Medical Care Research & Review, 72(1): 25-48.

ED Flexibility

Ward, Michael J., Ferrand, Yann, Laker, Lauren, Froehle, Craig M., Vogus, Timothy J., Dittus, Robert, Kripalani, Sunil, & Pines, Jesse M. (2015). The Nature and Necessity of Operational Flexibility in the Emergency Department. Annals of Emergency Medicine 65(2): 156-161.

Wildland Firefighting

Barton, Michelle A., Sutcliffe, Kathleen M., Vogus, Timothy J., & DeWitt, Theodore. (2015).  Performing Under Uncertainty: Contextualized Engagement in Wildland Firefighting. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 23(2): 74-83.

STEMI Transfer

Ward, Michael J., Kripilani, Sunil, Storrow, Alan B., Liu, Dandan, Speroff, Theodore, Matheny, Michael, Thomassee, Eric J., Vogus, Timothy J., Munoz, Daniel, Scott, Carol, Fredi, Joseph L., Dittus, Robert S. (2015). Timeliness of Interfacility Transfer for ED Patients with ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction. American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 33(3): 423-429.

Hospital Safety Score

Austin, J.M., D’Andrea, B. G., Milstein, A., Pronovost, P., Romano, P. S., Singer, S. J., Vogus, T. J., & Wachter, R. M. (2014). Safety in Numbers: The Development of Leapfrog’s Composite Patient Safety Score in U. S. Hospitals. Journal of Patient Safety 10(1): 64-71.

Affect and Mindful Organizing

Vogus, T. J., Rothman, N. B., Sutcliffe, K. M., & Weick, K. E.  (2014).  The Affective Foundations of High Reliability Organizing.  Journal of Organizational Behavior 35(4): 592-596.

Safety Organizing and Turnover

Vogus, T. J., Cooil, B., Sitterding, M. C., & Everett, L. Q.  (2014).  Safety Organizing, Emotional Exhaustion, and Turnover in Hospital Nursing Units.  Medical Care, 52(10): 870-976.

Compassion Practices

McClelland, Laura E., & Vogus, Timothy J.  (2014).  Compassion Practices and HCAHPS: Does Rewarding and Supporting Workplace Compassion Influence Patient Perceptions?  Health Services Research, 49(5): 1670-1683.

Safety Climate

Singer, S. J., & Vogus, T. J. (2013).  Safety climate research: Taking Stock and Looking Forward.  BMJ Quality & Safety, 22(1): 1-4.

Safety Culture Review

Singer, S. J., & Vogus, T. J. (2013). Reducing hospital errors: Interventions that build safety culture.  Annual Review of Public Health, 34: 373-396.

SE and Embedded Agency

Grimes, M. G., McMullen, J. S., Vogus, T. J., & Miller, T. L. (2013).  Studying the Origins of Social Entrepreneurship: Compassion and the Role of Embedded Agency.  Academy of Management Review, 38(3): 460-463.

Emotion and Sensemaking

Matlis, S., Vogus, T. J., & Lawrence, T. B. (2013). Sensemaking and Emotion in Organizations.  Organizational Psychology Review, 3(3): 222-247.

Compassion and SE

Miller, T. L., Grimes, M. G., McMullen, J. S., & Vogus, T. J.  (2012).  Venturing for Others with Heart and Head: How Compassion Encourages Social Entrepreneurship.  Academy of Management Review, 37(4): 616-640.

OM and MO

Vogus, T. J., & Sutcliffe, K. M.  (2012).  Organizational Mindfulness and Mindful Organizing: A Reconciliation and Path Forward.  Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(4): 722-735.

Safety Culture in Health Care

Vogus, T. J., Sutcliffe, K. M., & Weick, K. E. 2010. Doing No Harm: Enabling, Enacting, and Elaborating a Culture of Safety in Health Care Delivery. Academy of Management Perspectives, 24: 60-77.

The Safety Organizing Scale

Vogus, T. J., & Sutcliffe, K. M. 2007. The Safety Organizing Scale: Development and Validation of a Behavioral Measure of Safety Culture in Hospital Nursing Units. Medical Care, 45: 46-54.


Safety Organizing, Trusted Leadership, and Care Pathways

Vogus, T. J., & Sutcliffe, K. M. 2007. The Impact of Safety Organizing, Trusted Leadership, and Care Pathways on Reported Medication Errors in Hospital Nursing Units. Medical Care, 45: 997-1002.

Structuring for High Reliability

Vogus, T. J., & Welbourne, T. M. 2003. Structuring for High Reliability: HR Practices and Mindful Processes in Reliability-Seeking Organizations. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 24: 877-903.


Mindful Organizing

Vogus, T. J.  2011.  Mindful Organizing: Establishing and Extending the Foundations of Highly Reliable Performance.  In Cameron, K. and Spreitzer, G. M. (Eds.).  The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship: 664-676.  Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Elite Mobilizations for Antitakeover Legislation

Vogus, T. J., & Davis, G. F. 2005. Elite Mobilizations for Antitakeover Legislation: 1982-1990. In Davis, G.F., McAdam, D., Scott, W.R., and Zald, M.N. (Eds.), Social Movements and Organization Theory: 96-121. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Organizing for Resilience

Sutcliffe, K.M., Vogus, T. J. 2003. Organizing for Resilience. In Cameron, K., Dutton, J.E., and Quinn, R.E. (Eds.), Positive Organizational Scholarship: 94-110. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.