Executive MBA

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EMBA Faculty

Powerful Teaching from the Best in the Business

Bloch Executive MBA students learn from world-renowned faculty with impressive records of business, research, and teaching excellence.

Bloch School faculty bring richly diverse and impressive backgrounds and come from top schools across the country. They are also award-winning scholars, authors, and educators with international reputations. Bloch faculty love what they do, and it shows. They are highly-accessible and engaged, offering Bloch Executive MBA students a stimulating and collaborative learning environment.

A sample of EMBA program faculty include:

Dr. Gary Baker
Senior Fellow, Bloch School Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Gary Baker, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor in the Bloch Executive MBA program. Previously, he was the director of community building initiatives, senior fellow and adjunct professor of the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership. He also serves as a senior research and teaching assistant for an urban core business research project in partnership with Professor Michael E. Porter, Harvard Business School. He has been involved in numerous professional and civic leadership roles during his career including 18 years as the president and CEO of Crittenton, a children's psychiatric hospital and family mental health program. Previously, he was director of youth development and manager of planning and support services for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He also facilitated numerous planning projects for various nonprofits in the greater Kansas City area. He received his B.A. in psychology with a double major in business from Baker University and holds an M.P.A and a Nonprofit Fund Raising Professional Certificate from the Bloch School. Baker is also a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at the state and local level from the John F. Kennedy School of Government located at Harvard University. He holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. with emphasis in nonprofit entrepreneurship and urban education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Lee Bolman
Professor of Leadership
Ph.D, Yale University

Lee Bolman, Ph.D., is professor in the Bloch Executive MBA Program who holds the Marion Bloch Missouri Chair in Leadership at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Bolman's teaching and writing over the last three decades has explored the intersection of organizations and leadership. Dr. Bolman favors the space and freedom to develop an argument that writing books offers as opposed to writing articles, and his primary interest is in writing for managers and students of management, trying to distill the products of management scholarship into clear, succinct and practical lessons for leadership. Bolman has written numerous books on leadership and organizations, including How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing (expected August, 2014) and Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership (5th ed., 2013), both with Terry Deal, and Reframing Academic Leadership (2011), with Joan Gallos. His B.A. in history and Ph.D. in organizational behavior are from Yale University.

Chuck Connely
Associate Professor of Finance and Real Estate
M.B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Charles ("Chuck") C. Connely, IV, CCIM, CPM, is an associate teaching professor of finance for the Bloch Executive MBA program. He is also managing director of EPR Financial Services, a subsidiary of EPR Properties (formerly Entertainment Properties Trust). With more than twenty years of investment banking experience, Connely previously served as managing director of KPMG LLP's Corporate Finance Group and vice president of corporate finance with George K. Baum & Company. He also served as the General Manager - Vice President of Butler Real Estate, a division of Butler Manufacturing Company (Blue Scope Steel Company). Connely currently serves on the Board of Directors of Epiq Systems, Inc., a public integrated technology solutions company for the legal profession, and on the Board of Directors for the Rehabilitation Institute of KC Foundation, which provides medical rehabilitation, employment placement and disability services. Connely has an M.B.A. and B.B.A. (with distinction) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University.

Dr. David Donnelly
Dean | Professor of Accountancy
Ph.D., University of Illinois

David Donnelly, Ph.D., is the Bloch School Dean, a Bloch Executive MBA professor, and professor of accounting at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Donnelly is a past member of the board of directors of the Accounting Programs Leadership Group (APLG) and a current member of the board of directors of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). He also serves on several other committees of the American Accounting Association, the APLG and the FSA. Dean Donnelly's research interests include behavioral judgment and decision-making as it relates to organizational performance, job satisfaction and stress. Most recently his research has examined how behavioral factors lead to dysfunctional audit behaviors and turnover. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (Ph.D.) and Kansas State University (B.S. and M.B.A).

Doranne Hudson
Executive in Residence and Visiting Instructor
M.B.A., Harvard University

Doranne Hudson is an assistant professor the Bloch Executive MBA Program, as well as Executive-in- Residence and Associate Teaching Professor at The Bloch School at UMKC. Her teaching, which has won several awards, focuses on Leadership. Hudson's corporate experience includes nearly 25 years of marketing and general management at Gillette and Hallmark Cards, where she was a senior vice-president and corporate officer. Her current research and teaching interests include organizational influence and political agility, leading change, networks and social capital, and leader values. She is a consultant and speaker on these and other leadership topics. Hudson received a B.A. in psychology from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University, cum laude.

Dr. Sandra Kruse-Smith
Executive Coach
Ph.D., Capella University

Sandra Kruse-Smith, Ph.D.,is the Executive Coach for the Bloch School Executive MBA program. In that capacity she helps current and emerging leaders improve their professional presence, define their brand, sharpen their communication skills, and apply leadership theory to real-time workplace challenges. Dr. Kruse-Smith began her career as one of the first female managers at the Honeywell Kansas City plant, then left to start her own consulting company that has provided communications assessment, consulting and coaching services for more than 25 years. Dr. Kruse-Smith holds a B.A. in English and Education from UMKC, an M.A. in Communications from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University.

Jeanie Latz, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Strategic Management
J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

Jeanie Latz is an adjunct professor for the Bloch Executive MBA program. She is a senior executive with substantial experience in publicly-held and not-for-profit organizations serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Great Plains Energy, an energy holding company (NYSE;GXP) responsible for internal affairs including corporate governance, SEC compliance, human resources, internal auditing and procurement. She also served as Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors and committees of the Board. Latz is a managing partner of Midcap Advisors consulting with middle-market companies. Latz is actively engaged in the community serving on the boards of several foundations and organizations. Latz holds her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Missouri.

Clancy Martin
Associate Professor of Business Ethics Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Clancy Martin has published multiple books focusing on business ethics and the history of morality, including the business ethics textbooks Honest Work (Oxford University Press) and Above the Bottom Line (Wadsworth Publishing); Love, Lies, and Marriage (Farrar Straus & Giroux, forthcoming); The Philosophy of Deception (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); and the novel How to Sell (Farrar Straus and Giroux). Martin studies 19th and 20th Century European philosophy after Kant, the intersections of philosophy and literature, and the ethics of advertising and selling. He has founded or co-founded several entrepreneurial ventures, including the Quikset Company. Martin regularly consults and provides programs in business ethics for corporations and organizations around the world. He is one of "The Ethics Professors" on NPR's Walt Bodine Show.

Clancy Martin is the resident philosopher in the Bloch Executive MBA program, and he embeds his ethical curriculum in courses throughout the Bloch Executive MBA.

Phil Needles
Adjunct Professor
M.B.A,, University of Pennsylvania

Phil Needles is an adjunct professor for the Bloch Executive MBA Program and is currently serving as Dean of Business and Entrepreneurial Initiatives Division at the Montgomery County Community College. Needles previously served as Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington He also served as Assistant Dean for Strategy and Planning at UMKC's Bloch School of Management and also as Programs Manager for UMKC's Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Phil Needles received his MBA with majors in Strategic Management, Entrepreneurial Management, and Operations Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his BBA summa cum laude from the University of Miami with degrees in Entrepreneurship and Finance.

Dr. William Self
Assistant Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

William Self, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Self has taught organizational behavior, leadership, ethics, cross-cultural management, negotiations, and power and influence. His research and consulting interests include organizational culture, leadership, social networks, and the management of diverse and global teams. Self's research has been published in top academic journals, including Leadership Quarterly and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the International Society for Justice Research. Self has an A.B. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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