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George Lehman, E.D.M. - Director of The Collaborative MBA

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Dr. Lehman is the Howard D. Raid Professor of Business and currently chairs the division of business studies and directs the graduate programs in Business at Bluffton University. Prior to his time at Bluffton, he was a manager of retirement communities where we served for years as a chief operating officer and then director of a 60-bed retirement community.

Dr. Lehman currently teaches classes in both the undergraduate and graduate division at Bluffton including "Theory and Practice of Management," "Organizations and Information Technology" and "Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management."

Education
Executive Doctorate in Management: Case Western Reserve University, 1997-2000. Dissertation: “Sensemaking in a Hospital Strategic Planning Process”

MBA : University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1977-78;
Special emphasis on issues related to not-for-profit institutions

BA Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio, 1965-69
Undergraduate major: psychology. Minor: mathematics

Sample Publications and Presentations
“Understanding China from the Chinese perspective”, January 2011

“Amish business practices in Adams County, Indiana”, January 2010

“Creating the ‘green collar’ economy,” Book discussion at Mennonite Economic Development Associates conference, San Jose, November 2009

“Electronic collaboration,” Mennonite Health Alliance, March 2009

”Progressive leadership in the chocolate industry of 1900: the renegade Mennonite Hershey and the devout Quaker Cadbury” Fall 2008

“Socially responsible chocolate: Cadbury Brothers in England’s Victorian era,” Annual Howard Raid Chair lecture, Fall 2007

Responding to Friedman’s The World is Flat, Mennonite Economic Development Association, November 2006

“Lead like Jesus,” Annual Howard Raid Chair lecture, Fall 2006

Multiple presentations in conjunction with the Healthcare Access initiative of Mennonite Church USA

“Four approaches to stress management,” Mennonite Health Assembly, March, 2006

“Why ‘good management’ is often ‘bad management,’” Annual Howard Raid Chair lecture, October, 2005

“Responding to Bakke’s Joy at Work”, Mennonite Economic Development Association November, 2005

“The Peaceable Manager” in Teaching Peace published by Rowman and Littlefield

“ Beyond Strategic Planning,” Mennonite Health Assembly, March 2005

“Appreciative Inquiry in the Workplace,” Mennonite Health Assembly, Greenville NC, March 2002

“Trends in the US Healthcare delivery system,” Mennonite Health Services Knoxville TN, Spring 2001

“Making Sense in a Hospital Strategic Planning Process,” Conference presentation ARNOVA, November 2001

Professional Service and Memberships
• Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties Member 1996-2003, Finance Chair, 2001-2003

• Health Care Access Commission, Mennonite Church USA 2004 -2005

• First Mennonite Church current roles - Chair, Church-University Relations Committee, Member, Deacon Board