Paul Combs has more than 35 years’ experience in human resources and organization development as a practitioner, manager and professor. His background is mainly in information technology and in defense and management consulting. His particular focus includes performance management, knowledge management and organizational effectiveness processes with Fortune 500 organizations and with Federal and nonprofit organizations.
Combs’ began his career at the Burroughs Corp. (now UNISYS), where he managed the development and delivery of technical courses for CONUS and OCUNUS clients. He moved to Sprint, where he managed the worldwide technical training operations for the organization’s data-transmission capability.
Upon completing his doctorate, Combs joined a legacy organization of Northrop Grumman, where he managed training programs for the Commerce Department, State Department and U.S. Senate. He then began supporting the internal Human Resources function and either led or contributed to teams that launched 360-degree performance assessments, quality improvement and employee surveys that contributed to record revenues and record business backlog. He then became director of an internal training institute for the corporation’s intelligence operations, whose processes contributed to the unit’s recognition as a CMMI Level 5 organization.
Combs continued his career at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was responsible for the organizational training process area per CMMI standards. He also has facilitated workshops for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of State.
In addition, Combs has acted as an organization-development consultant to implement OD processes related to communication, performance management and leadership development. His clients include Bayer, CitiCorp, Inova, MetLife, Boehringer-Mannheim, Conservation International and Computer Sciences Corp.
Currently, Combs is an assistant professor in Marymount University’s School of Business. He teaches courses in human resource development, organizational behavior and organizational communication.
Combs has given presentations at international performance-improvement conferences in Ireland and Sweden, delivered presentations for ASTD, ISPI and published a chapter on adult learning in “Models and Strategies for Training Design.” In addition to his work at Marymount, Combs has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University of Virginia and George Mason University. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Tennessee and his master’s and doctorate in adult learning and human resource development from Virginia Tech.