His newest book, The Organizational Sweet Spot: Engaging the Innovative Dynamics of Your Social Networks, to be published in June 2009, pinpoints where the formal and informal elements of an organization overlap, and how that “sweet spot,” which he believes is where most of the productive work in an enterprise takes place, can be expanded.
Dr. Ehin was born in Tallinn, Estonia but fled his native country during World War II when it was torn apart by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
In 1950, he immigrated to the United States, where he obtained a BA from Colgate University, an MBA from Syracuse University, and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960 and held several leadership positions including teaching at the Air Command and Staff College. He began teaching business at Westminster College, Utah’s only private nondenominational liberal arts college, in 1983 and served as Dean of the its Gore School of Business from 1983 to 1990.
Dr. Ehin coined the term “UnManagement” in 1995 at a conference management conference in San Jose, California, in reference to the informal (as opposed to formal) management that occurs within all organizations through informal networks that develop organically among workers based on their individual genetics, knowledge and social factors. A description of his work is found at http://www.unmanagement.com.