Center for Leadership Studies

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

The Center for Leadership Studies (CLS) at Binghamton University was created as a result of this vision, and has been at the forefront of innovative leadership research for over two 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 CLS continues to define the future of leadership research and practice.

Questions on how to get involved/collaborate with the CLS

Marianne Ferry

Administrative Assistant

Leadership Studies, Center for (CLS)

Learning and research opportunities

The Univerity 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 affilfiated with the 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 CLS and Harpur College Psychology Department offer a joint program in which undergraduate psychology students can collaborate on current projects in the 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 Center for Leadership Studies, with generous support from Bernie's wife Ruth Bass, hosts the annual Bass Speaker Series every fall.

Past speakers

  • 2016: Shane Connelly
  • 2015: Steven Markham
  • 2014: Wayne Cascio
  • 2013: Fred Dansereau
  • 2012: Terri Scandura
  • 2011: Leanne Atwater
  • 2010: Michael Mumford
  • 2009: Chet Schriesheim
  • 2008: Dov Eden

Software resources levels of analysis

The center offers a software package that researchers (usually in psychology, social psychology, sociology, management, business, information systems and database design, economics, political science, and communication) use to decide whether individual-level data should be aggregated to the group level. Unlike other packages, the user can consider any number of levels in one analysis. For example, in organizational studies the following six levels of analysis can be considered at one time: individual, work group, department, division, organization, and industry.


The software (called DETECT for Windows™ ) assesses the degree to which any bivariate, set of bivariate or multiple correlations are based on the set of levels of analysis of interest. essentially, the software performs what is called Within And Between Analysis (WABA). DETECT is compatible with Windows™ 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Win 7 and Win 8.1. DETECT will run under a 32-bit or 64-bit OS. If you use a Mac, you must run Virtual Machine software (Parallels or VM Fusion).

Levels of Analysis


For these software packages and programs, visit the website of Brian O'Connor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia.