Ernest Owens

Assistant Professor, Management

(651) 962-5141

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

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

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Ernest L. Owens, Jr. teaches in the Management Department. He has served as faculty chair for the Opus College of Business and currently serves on the university Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) and University Senate. In his lead role for project management, he has created the Certified Professional Project Management (CPPM) and the Mini Master in Project Management curricula, two key programs for Executive Education at UST. Owens currently teaches both the undergraduate and graduate courses in project management and conducts non-degreed professional and executives training in project and program management. He also has taught organizing capabilities, strategic management and leadership for the Executive UST MBA program.

Owens specializes in project, strategic, and operations Management. His 22 years of industry experience come from Unisys as director of Strategic Planning; IBM as a cost engineer; Johnson and Johnson as an industrial engineer; Melville Shoe Corporation as a methods analyst; and Massachusetts General Hospital as an industrial engineering technician. Since 1991, he has taught executives, graduates, undergraduates and corporate professionals in management. He also has been an adjunct member of the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 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 to English-speaking students.

As a consultant, Owens has developed project management training programs with Imation, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Ameriprise Financial, NRP, Aspen Research, E-Funds, Tenant Corporation, Fairview South Hospital, Fair Isaacs and PMI Minnesota. He received quality achievement awards from Unisys for his cost reduction efforts, where he was credited with saving the firm $21 million, and has received the "Eleven Who Care Award" and WCCO Good Neighbor for community service, as well as "The Jefferson Award," 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.

Owens earned a B.S. and B.S.I.E. from Northeastern University, and an M.B.A. and Ed.D. in Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. He has also earned CPPM, PMP and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications.

Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses
Fall 2015 Courses
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MGMT 384 - 01 Project Management - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 229
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 42976
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 - 02 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 231
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 42979
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 TMH 357
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 42993
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 2016 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Visiting Professor, Université de Caen Basse-, Normandy (2002 - present)
  • Lead Faculty for Project Management, University of St. Thomas - Executive Education, Minneapolis (2003 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - present)
  • 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)
  • Benchmarking Facilitator, Unisys, Minneapolis (1991 - 1993)
  • Business Re-Engineering (Case), Unisys, Minneapolis (1991 - 1993)
  • Director of Strategic Management and Project Planning, Unisys, Minneapolis (1987 - 1993)
  • Strategic Planning, Unisys, Minneapolis (1987 - 1993)
  • Adjunct, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1990 - 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
  • Microsoft Project User Group (MPUG)
  • Project Management Institute PMI

Professional Service
  • PMI - Project Management Institute Conference, Reviewer

  • 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
  • Chair - Workforce Development Council, Governor Carlson - Minnesota State Appointee, 1990
  • Chair - Workforce Development Council, Governor Ventura - Minnesota State Appointee, 1994
  • Community Award for Outstanding Service, Minnesota Urban League, 1990
  • Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America, 1990
  • University of St. Thomas, 1990
  • Workforce Development Council, Governor Perpich - Minnesota State Appointee, 1986

  • "Process that drive project success" PMI - Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 21, 2014
  • "Process that drive project success" PMI Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 01, 2013
  • "Change management due to the time constrictions - A project management view" ARMA Conference - St. Catherine University, Saint Paul, MN, April 01, 2012
  • "Strategic nature of product management" PMI Conference, Minneapolis, MN, September 01, 2011
  • "Dimensions for project success enabled by the sponsor / P3M relationship" Project Management Institute Conference, Washington, District of Columbia, July 01, 2010
  • "Use and assessment of an online tutorial for project management" Use and Assessment of an Online Tutorial for Project Management, Bloomington, Minnesota, February 01, 2003