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., Ed.D., M.B.A., CPPM, PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt, has served as faculty chair for the Opus College of Business and currently serves on the University Faculty Affairs Committee and University Senate. In his lead role for project management, he created the Advanced Certified Professional Project Manager (ACPPM), Certified Professional Project Management (CPPM), Mini Masters in Project Management and Microsoft Project for Project and Program Managers curriculum utilized by the Executive Education program at the University of St. Thomas and by clients. He currently teaches both the undergraduate and graduate courses in project management as well as conducts non-degree professional and executives training in project and program management.

Owens specializes in project, strategic and operations management. He also taught organizing capabilities, strategic management and leadership in the Executive MBA program. He received his doctorate in leadership from the University of St. Thomas in 2000. His 22 years of industry experience includes positions as director of strategic planning for Unisys, cost engineer for IBM, industrial engineer for Johnson & Johnson, methods analyst for Melville Shoe Corporation and industrial engineering technician for Mass General Hospital. Since 1991, he has taught executives, graduates, undergraduates and corporate professionals in management. He was an adjunct member of the Carlson School of Management at the 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 developed project management training programs with Donaldson Company, Imation, PaR Systems, Mayo Clinic, Ameriprise Financial, NRP, Aspen Research, E-Funds, Tenant Corporation, Fairview South Hospital, Fair Isaacs and PMI Minnesota. His awards include: quality achievement awards from Unisys for his cost reduction efforts; the Eleven Who Care award from KARE-11; the WCCO Good Neighbor award for community service; The Jefferson Awards, honoring community and public service in America; and the National Leon H. Sullivan Award from Opportunities Industrialization Center of America as an outstanding national volunteer.

J-Term 2017 Courses
J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses
Spring 2017 Courses
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MGMT 384 - 01 Project Management - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 234
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 21987
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 623 - 201 Project Management - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 357
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 22097
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.
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Visiting Professor, Universit√© 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