Bernard M. and Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies

In 1987, Bernard Bass, distinguished professor emeritus in Binghamton University's School of Management, envisioned establishing a leadership center dedicated to the discovery and verification of leadership research.

The Bernard M. and Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies at Binghamton University was created as a result of this vision, and has been at the forefront of innovative leadership research for over three decades. Through the theoretical integration of multiple levels of analysis in the areas of strategic leadership, leadership and team decision making, and creatively leading for innovation, the Bass Center for Leadership Studies continues to define the future of leadership research and practice.

Learning and research opportunities

The University offers a leadership and consulting concentration for undergraduate students and MBA students enrolled in the School of Management.

In addition, the school's Management PhD program has a concentration in organizational studies/leadership. Many faculty affiliated with the Bass Center for Leadership Studies serve as instructors, advisors and mentors in these concentration areas.

Leadership certificate program

Binghamton University graduate students and undergraduate students with senior standing who are not enrolled in the School of Management can pursue a leadership certificate.

The leadership certificate is completed through a series of three courses across a fall and spring semester. Binghamton University graduate students who are not enrolled in the School of Management can pursue a leadership certificate during their students. The leadership certificate is completed through a series of three courses across a fall and spring semester. 

Managers, project leaders, first level supervisors and individuals assuming any of these roles in the near future are eligible for graduate credit and also are encouraged to apply for this program as non-matriculated students.

Research program with undergraduate psychology students

The Bass Center for Leadership Studies and Harpur College Psychology Department offer a joint program in which undergraduate psychology students can collaborate on current projects with School of Management faculty while receiving academic credit from the psychology department.

Independent study

Organizational studies/leadership faculty may have independent research opportunities throughout the year. Students interested should consult with individual faculty members if they are interested in researching for course credit. There are two- and four-credit independent research opportunities offered for undergraduate and graduate students.  

Dickinson Research Team (DiRT)  

DiRT is a residential community-based research program that is the first of its kind in the United States. Founded by Dickinson Collegiate Professor Kimberly Jaussi, DiRT aims to provide every undergraduate student with a research experience, and is making this a reality one student at a time. 

Distinguished Speaker Series

To celebrate the lifelong contributions that Dr. Bernard Bass has made not only to Binghamton University, but also to the field of leadership, the Bass Center for Leadership Studies, with generous support from Ruth Bass, hosts the annual Bass Speaker Series every fall.

Past speakers

  • 2018: John Antonakis (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • 2017: Francis Yammarino (Binghamton University, SUNY)
  • 2016: Shane Connelly (University of Oklahoma)
  • 2015: Steven Markham (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
  • 2014: Wayne Cascio (University of Colorado Denver)
  • 2013: Fred Dansereau (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
  • 2012: Terri Scandura (University of Miami)
  • 2011: Leanne Atwater (University of Houston)
  • 2010: Michael Mumford (University of Oklahoma)
  • 2009: Chet Schriesheim (University of Miami)
  • 2008: Dov Eden (Tel Aviv University)

Have questions on how to get involved/collaborate with the CLS?

Marianne Ferry
Administrative Assistant
Bernard M. and Ruth R. Bass Center for Leadership Studies