We offer five undergraduate degrees in the Department of Management that focus on the effective management and leadership of people, operations, and organizations in a variety of industries and contexts. We also offer several minors that enable students across the University, from the creative arts to the natural sciences and from communications to technology, the opportunity to gain the organization and leadership knowledge that will build upon their talents to develop successful careers in their primary field of study. With businesses that operate in music, communication, biological sciences or computer technology, gaining expertise in management can help bolster your skills to be successful in your chosen field.
Dr. Tracey Honeycutt Sigler is an Associate Professor of Management and chair of the Department of Management. She is the co-founder and lead faculty in the Executive Leadership and Organizational Change master's program. She is also the former Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education and a former board member for the Midwest Academy of Management.
Dr. Sigler teaches in the areas of organizational behavior, teamwork and leadership at the undergraduate and executive levels. Dr. Sigler's research interests include service-learning and public engagement, leadership, and work/family issues. She has presented her work at the National Academy of Management meetings and at teaching conferences and has published in journals including the Journal of Vocational Behavior, the Journal of Business Education, and the International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, Annual Advance in Business Cases, Labor Law Journal, and the International Journal of Case Method Research and Application.
Dr. Sigler received her BA and MBA from the Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Carrell was named Regents Professor of Management by the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents in 2013. He received his doctorate from the University of Kentucky, and M.B.A. and B.A. in Economics from the University of Louisville. Most of his professional career has been spent in the Louisville area and has included positions as a personnel director and labor negotiator. In addition, he was elected to the City of Louisville Board of Aldermen for five terms, and served as President of the Board and Mayor Pro-tem for three terms.
Dr. Carrell has held academic positions at California State University, Bakersfield; The University of Nebraska - Omaha, Marshall University, Morehead State University, and the University of Louisville. He has authored 50 scholarly works in some of the leading management and human resource journals including The Academy of Management Journal, The Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Performance, Personnel Journal, The Personnel Administrator, HR Magazine, Labor Law Journal, Business Forum, Personnel, The Journal of Accountancy and Training, and Public Personnel Management. Textbooks published by Dr. Carrell are in the fields of collective bargaining and labor relations, human resource management, organizational behavior, and negotiations. During his academic career he has received awards for both outstanding research and teaching.
Dr. Ford is an professor in the Department of Management at Northern Kentucky University.
Professor Ford has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and research. He is the college’s inaugural Haile Faculty Fellow for Excellence in Teaching as well as a three-time recipient of the Sandy Easton Outstanding Teaching Award selected by NKU College of Business students. He is a two-time recipient of the Dean's Citation for Outstanding Scholarship and beneficiary of best paper award honors from the Academy of Management and the Decision Sciences Institute.
Dr. Ford's research interests include organizational performance measurement, quality management, financial literacy, and change implementation and control. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty papers published in peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Quality Management Journal, Business Horizons, Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Journal of Education for Business, Journal of Business Logistics, and Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.
Ford holds a BS in applied science from Miami University and a Ph.D. in operations management from the University of Cincinnati. He is a member of the Omega Rho International Honor Society. He also holds designations as a Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor, and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence with the American Society for Quality.
Prior to his academic career, Ford acquired twelve years of operations and corporate management experience at Consolidated Papers, Inc., now a division of NewPage Corporation.
He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality. He is also a member of the Academy of Management, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, American Financial Association, and the Decision Sciences Institute.
Dan Kent joined the Management faculty of Northern Kentucky University in 1986, after receiving his M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He teaches courses in Management, Human Resources Management, and International Business.
He received the inaugural College of Business Sandra Easton Outstanding Teaching Award in 2001, the Presidential Ambassador's Flame Award in 2008, the COB Dean's Citation for Organizational Citizenship in 2009, and the COB Sandra Easton Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011.
His community engagement activities include Chairing the Personnel Committee of the Florence Christian Church.
Dr. Perrmann-Graham is an Assistant Professor of Management at NKU. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Miami University and earned her MBA at Xavier University. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.
Jacki’s research examines leadership, creativity, identity, and employee perceptions in organizations. Her work has been published and featured in Management outlets such as Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes and Harvard Business Review online. She is an active member of both The Academy of Management as well as The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Prior to her work in academia, she had several years of experience in the health care field and as a learning consultant for a publishing company.
Mark A. Thackeray joined NKU in May of 2017 as Director of the new BSBA, Global Supply Chain Management Degree program, offered through the Haile/US Bank College of Business. In addition, Mark will be a Professor of Practice, providing real world business and Supply Chain experiences/challenges in a highly engaging and interactive academic setting. Prior to joining NKU, Mark spent nearly the last 10 years of his career as the Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing & North American Operations for General Cable. In this role, he had responsibility for over 40 manufacturing and warehousing/distribution sites in 22 countries. In addition to overseeing the Operational Excellence journey, he was responsible for Sourcing, Logistics, Global Quality and Manufacturing Process Improvement Innovation.
Prior to this, he held the position of SVP, North American Operations since October 2006 where he was responsible for the direct leadership of operations in North America while working with the other regions supporting their specific regional priorities when it comes to Lean Manufacturing, operational excellence and manufacturing technology. Mark also led the Global Manufacturing Council which has a principle objective of identifying and driving best practices across plant, countries and regions.
Since joining General Cable in April 2001, he has served as Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Vice President of Manufacturing and Team Leader for Communications and Assembly plants and Vice President of Supply Chain.
Prior to General Cable, Thackeray was President/Owner of Cincinnati Industrial Consulting, a consulting firm that specialized in operations and process improvement technology using Lean and Six Sigma methodologies. He was Vice President of R.D. Garwood Inc. from August 1996 through January 1998. He has also held a number of manufacturing operations and plant manager positions during his business career, including serving as Operations Manager for Tomkins Industries and Litton Material Handling Systems.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University. He is a certified Six Sigma Champion and an active member of IIE (institute of Industrial Engineers) and APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society). Mark also has served multiple terms for the Boy Scouts of America and on the Board of Directors for Wire Association International (WAI). He is an avid long distance runner, reader and loves to spend free time on historic home gentrification.
Dr. Clarkin joined NKU in 2010 after teaching and serving as Director of the Tate Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship in 2002 at the University of Stirling, Scotland while working as a Business Consultant at the University of South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SBDC). While working full-time, he earned his M.B.A. from The Citadel, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin.
Prior to joining academia, Dr. Clarkin had more than 25 years of engineering and management experience in technology businesses, including more than 12 years with GE and 3 years in R&D with Pfizer. Dr. Clarkin is a US Navy veteran, having served more than 6 years during the height of the Viet Nam conflict.
His research interests are international in scope and include numerous conference presentations in the US and abroad. His research has been published in the International Small Business Journal, the Journal of Marketing Channels, and the Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, as well as several edited volumes focused on entrepreneurship research. Dr. Clarkin’s recent research focuses on the emerging field of social entrepreneurship. His teaching includes classes in Social Entrepreneurship, New Venture Creation, New Venture Finance, Principles of Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Management.
Dr. Rich Gilson joined the Department of Management in Fall 2001. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002, specializing in Organizational Behavior. He has a Master of Social Science degree in Human Resource Management from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Weber State University. Rich is currently teaching the Behavior in Organizations and Human Resource Administration courses.
His work experience includes work as a training facilitator, as a senior R&D chemical technician, and as an account manager. He has worked for several large organizations, notably Thiokol Corp. and Morton International. Prior to that, Rich served as an Army field artillery officer and attained the rank of Captain before transferring into the Inactive Reserve.
Rich has conducted and presented research in several areas including innovation in work teams, individual creativity, psychological engagement at work, and computer learning. He is also interested in workplace democracy, procedural justice, intrinsic motivation, and employee rights. His published research appears in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and the Journal of Educational Computing Research.
Dr. Denise Johnson Luethge joined NKU as a Professor in the Department of Management in 2009 and she is concurrently a Research Associate in the Institute for Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness at Doshisha Business School, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Prior to coming to NKU, she was a faculty member at the University of Miami (Florida), University of Louisville, University of Michigan (Flint campus) and Drake University. While at University of Louisville, she also was the Director of International MBA programs, managing MBA programs in Hong Kong, Singapore, San Salvador and Athens.
Dr. Luethge's research is in the area of knowledge leadership and knowledge dissemination in multinational organizations, cross-border organizational issues in the automotive industry and gender differences in knowledge dissemination. She is a regular presenter at the Strategic Management Society and the European Group for Organization Studies. Her work has been published in numerous international journals, including Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal of International Marketing, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Psychology & Marketing, Project Management Journal, Women in Management Review and others. She has also coauthored numerous book chapters including a chapter on Asian Leadership in one of the leading Asian business management textbooks.
Dr. Luethge is actively involved in the use of simulations for teaching, and she has presented her work in that area at several AACSB International conferences. Dr. Luethge teaches in the areas of Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, International Management, International Marketing and International Business. Dr. Luethge received her BS in Biology and Chemistry, her MBA in Finance from Michigan State University, and her PhD in International Business from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Stephen Roush joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business as a full-time faculty member in fall 2013 in the role of Haile/US Bank Practice Professor of Human Resource Management. He is teaching courses in both management and human resources. Prior to joining NKU, he had a 30-year career in the human resource discipline where most recently he served as Vice President of Human Resources for North America at General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) overseeing labor, recruiting, organizational development, compensation and benefits.
Steve has also held senior human resource management positions as CHRO at GE/Roper Corporation in Georgia; VPHR at Alflex Corporation in California; and roles in HR and organizational development at Commonwealth Industries, and ARCO/Logan Aluminum Inc., both located in Kentucky. He became a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) with the Society of Human Resource Management in 1997.
In addition to his professional experience, he earned his Doctorate in Organizational Design from Virginia Tech, and did his doctoral research in Jordan. He also graduated with a Master’s in Adult and Continuing Education. Prior to college, he was in the US Army and was a combat veteran serving in South Vietnam. In his spare time, Steve enjoys old British sports cars, has honey bee hives, and has been a licensed domestic rabbit judge since 1982.
Carole L. Cangioni, was born and raised in Avignon, France. In France, she earned a Degree in Finance and Accounting from Valence Institute of Technology, a degree in Tourism Marketing from Toulon Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) from the American Business School in Paris. She later earned her Master’s of Business Administration (Management) from the University of Richmond. Afterwards, she worked for 7 years as the head of the marketing department of a ski lift company in the French Alps before coming to the University of Texas at El Paso to pursue her Ph.D in International Business.
She taught International Management, Global Business Environment, International Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Marketing Research, and Introduction to Management classes at UTEP, University of Maryland Europe in Germany, and M.B.A. Marketing Management for the University of Phoenix Europe in Germany. Her research work includes journal articles and conference proceedings at national and international meetings on intellectual property rights violation, social entrepreneurship and immigrant entrepreneurs.
She is an Assistant Professor of Management at NKU and currently teaching ENTP320 Social Entrepreneurship, ENTP 375 Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurial Businesses, and MGT 360 Comparative International Management both online and on campus at NKU.
Dr. Hughes received her BS in Marketing and an M.B.A. in International Business from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Ph.D. in International Business/Strategic Management at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to her teaching position at NKU, Dr. Hughes served as Chief Executive Officer for ABX Central , a leading electronic purchasing community for institutional athletic buyers. Her professional career in international economic analysis began with a two-year assignment as a Foreign Service Officer in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Spataro is an Associate Professor of Management at NKU. She holds bachelor’s and masters’ degrees in Economics and Sociology, respectively, from Stanford University. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Sandra’s research examines status and influence processes in organizations, demographic diversity, and organizational cultures. Her work has been published in various journals in Management and Psychology. In addition, Sandra has published a book entitled "Unstuck: A Tool for Yourself, Your Team and Your World", co-authored with Keith Yamashita of SYP consulting.
Prior to her work in academia, Sandra worked for several years at Oracle Corporation in California in various staff and line positions.
Dr. Spataro has a consulting firm, InspireCorps, that specializes in developing leaders, teams, and organizations to thrive. The firm offers executive coaching and training to improve overall organizational effectiveness.