Ernest Owens

Assistant Professor, Management

elowens@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5141

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 300
St. Paul, MN 55105

Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of St. Thomas
M.B.A., Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Finance, University of St. Thomas
B.S., B.S.I.E. 1978, Northeastern University

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Ernest L. Owens, Jr., Ed.D., M.B.A., C.P.P.M., P.M.P., Six Sigma Black Belt specializes in project, operations and strategic management. He is an assistant professor of business, the lead faculty in project management in the Center for Business Excellence and chair of the Opus College of Business faculty. In the Executive UST MBA program, he has taught Organizing Capabilities, Strategic Management and Leadership. Since 1991, he has taught executives, graduates, undergraduates and corporate professionals in strategic, project and operations management. He also has been an adjunct member of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, teaching management, operations and strategic information systems. Owens is a visiting professor at the Universite of Caen in Normandy, France, where he teaches leadership and project management.

Owens' research area is project management. He is a reviewer for Project Management Institute International (PMI) Research Conferences. His curriculum design for project management and operations courses is service learning based, where students are involved with organizations and leaders such as former Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission, North-end Resident Redevelopment Council and Minnesota Opportunities Industrialization Council.

As a consultant, he has developed project management training programs with Imation, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Ameriprise Financial, NRP, Aspen Research, E-Funds, Tenant Corporation, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Fair Isaacs and PMI Minnesota. Owens received quality achievement awards from Unisys for his cost reduction efforts, where he was credited with saving the firm $21 million. Owens has received the "Eleven Who Care Award" and WCCO Good Neighbor for community service as well as "The Jefferson Awards," a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America. He also has received the National "Leon H. Sullivan Award" from Opportunities Industrialization Center of America as an outstanding national volunteer.

Fall 2014 Courses
Fall 2014 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 384 - 01 Project Management M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 238
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 42762
This course presents the concepts, techniques, software tools, and behavioral skills needed for managing projects effectively. It introduces the students to a project's life cycle (from project definition and goals to completion of the project) and the behavioral dynamics that need to be managed to achieve success. The multiple roles of the project manager are explored. These include being a team leader responsible for timely execution, design and meeting specifications, budgeting, and managing people. The technical and human aspects of project management will receive approximately equal focus. Prerequisite: Junior Standing; MGMT 305 and OPMT 310

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MGMT 480 - 01 Strategic Management M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 238
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 42763
This course examines organizational issues from an integrative perspective. It draws on concepts from the entire business curriculum to view the organization as a whole. The focus of the course is to have you view the organization from the perspective of the president, rather than that of a manager of a particular function (e.g., VP of marketing). It examines the development of core competence and a sustainable competitive advantage as part of an organization's strategic planning process. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: OPMT 310, FINC 321, MGMT 305, MKTG 300, BETH 301, and senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.

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MGMT 623 - 201 Project Management - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 357
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 42775
The field of project management is young and constantly changing. Companies seek to reduce development cycles while increasing the technological complexity of their products. Corporate downsizing has increased the average workload and reduced the resources available for project development. Sound familiar? This course will discuss the fundamental basis for scheduling and project scope difficulties, and provide tools for creating practical solutions. We will become more aware of why we encounter similar pitfalls with each new project. Discover that you are not alone in encountering a chaotic project life-cycle, the complexity people bring, and the reasons why our organizations are continuing to become more chaotic. This course will examine the new phase development of project management. We will use numerous disciplines to create a more dynamic and flexible project management methodology. These disciplines include Industrial Behavior, Psychology, Human Behavior, Chaos and Complexity, Organizational Behavior, and Systems Theory to name a few. As project managers, we face impossible schedules, unrealistic specifications, and limited budgets. As leaders we face personnel issues, motivation requirements and organizational issues. This course will provide insight and practical examples of the areas of knowledge needed to practice effective project management in today's dynamic work environment. -- Prerequisite: Standard core courses

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J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 384 - 01 Project Management - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 230
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 22013
This course presents the concepts, techniques, software tools, and behavioral skills needed for managing projects effectively. It introduces the students to a project's life cycle (from project definition and goals to completion of the project) and the behavioral dynamics that need to be managed to achieve success. The multiple roles of the project manager are explored. These include being a team leader responsible for timely execution, design and meeting specifications, budgeting, and managing people. The technical and human aspects of project management will receive approximately equal focus. Prerequisite: Junior Standing; MGMT 305 and OPMT 310

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MGMT 480 - 01 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 110
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 22017
This course examines organizational issues from an integrative perspective. It draws on concepts from the entire business curriculum to view the organization as a whole. The focus of the course is to have you view the organization from the perspective of the president, rather than that of a manager of a particular function (e.g., VP of marketing). It examines the development of core competence and a sustainable competitive advantage as part of an organization's strategic planning process. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: OPMT 310, FINC 321, MGMT 305, MKTG 300, BETH 301, and senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.

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MGMT 623 - 201 Project Management - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 314
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 22027
The field of project management is young and constantly changing. Companies seek to reduce development cycles while increasing the technological complexity of their products. Corporate downsizing has increased the average workload and reduced the resources available for project development. Sound familiar? This course will discuss the fundamental basis for scheduling and project scope difficulties, and provide tools for creating practical solutions. We will become more aware of why we encounter similar pitfalls with each new project. Discover that you are not alone in encountering a chaotic project life-cycle, the complexity people bring, and the reasons why our organizations are continuing to become more chaotic. This course will examine the new phase development of project management. We will use numerous disciplines to create a more dynamic and flexible project management methodology. These disciplines include Industrial Behavior, Psychology, Human Behavior, Chaos and Complexity, Organizational Behavior, and Systems Theory to name a few. As project managers, we face impossible schedules, unrealistic specifications, and limited budgets. As leaders we face personnel issues, motivation requirements and organizational issues. This course will provide insight and practical examples of the areas of knowledge needed to practice effective project management in today's dynamic work environment. -- Prerequisite: Standard core courses

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Visiting Professor, Université de Caen Basse-, Normandy (2002 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - present)
  • Lead Faculty for Project Management, University of St. Thomas - Center for Business Excellence, Minneapolis (2003 - 2010)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, River Falls (2000 - 2004)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2001 - 2003)
  • Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1993 - 2001)
  • Business Re-Engineering (Case), Unisys, Minneapolis (1991 - 1993)
  • Director of Strategic Management and Project Planning, Unisys, Minneapolis (1987 - 1993)
  • Adjunct, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1990 - 1993)
  • Strategic Planning, Unisys, Minneapolis (1987 - 1993)
  • Benchmarking Facilitator, Unisys, Minneapolis (1991 - 1993)
  • Cost Reduction Engineer, Unisys, Minneapolis (1984 - 1987)
  • Manager, Unisys, Minneapolis (1986 - 1987)
  • Lead Cost Reduction Engineer, Unisys, Minneapolis (1984 - 1986)
  • Cost & Industrial Engineer, IBM Corporation, Minneapolis (1979 - 1984)
  • Industrial Engineer Technician, Johnson and Johnson, (1976 - 1978)
  • Management Engineering Technician, Massachusetts General Hospital, (1974 - 1976)

Professional Memberships
  • MN Strategic Leadership Forum
  • Project Management Institute

Professional Service
  • PMI - Project Management Institute Conference, Reviewer

Publications
  • Owens, E. L., & Ramlall, S. J. (2005). Creating and sustaining economic growth through human resources in the Caribbean. International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management, (5)(3), pp. 227-239

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Leadership
  • Workforce Readiness

Awards and Honors
  • 11 Who Care Award, 1990
  • University of St. Thomas, 1990
  • Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, 1990

Presentations