Cynthia V. Fukami, PhD



Cynthia V. Fukami is a professor in the Department of Management at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. She has taught courses on Strategic Human Resources Management, Power and Influence, Compensation and Reward Systems, and Organizational Behavior.

Fukami has published more than 60 articles on a variety of topics in the management field and co-edited The SAGE Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development. Her consulting clients have included Time Warner Telecom, Enserca Engineering, First Data Corporation, Starz Entertainment, the American Animal Hospital Association, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. 

She has received a number of awards for both teaching and research at the University of Denver. From 2000 to 2002, she was the Evelyn and Jay G. Piccinati Professor for Teaching Excellence in the Daniels College of Business. She was a 1998–1999 Pew Scholar in the Carnegie Foundation’s Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and was appointed as a Fellow of the Carnegie Foundation in 1999. She received the John D. Hershner Award in 2006 in recognition of her dedication to and support of the competitive free enterprise system, the 2007 Scholarship of Teaching award and the 2012 C. Thomas Howard Endowed Teacher Scholar Award. In 2016, she received the Daniels Award for Excellence.

Fukami has conducted research and executive training sessions on many management issues including strategic human resource management, power and influence, negotiation, leading change, motivation, employee commitment, turnover, absenteeism, employee discipline, leadership and total quality management. She is a member of the Academy of Management and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. Fukami serves on the editorial board of the journals Academy of Management Learning and Education and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies and as associate editor of the Journal of Management Education.


  • PhD in Organizational Behavior, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
  • MA in Organizational Behavior, University of Illinois
  • BA in Psychology, University of Illinois