Ernest Owens

Assistant Professor, Management
Owens 225new

elowens@stthomas.edu

(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, MBA, ACPPM, CPPM, PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt is a full time non-traditional tenured Assistant Professor of Business at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in the Department of Management. He currently serves on the University Senate and University Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC). He was the Chair of the FAC and sat on several key leadership committees with the senior leadership of the university. He has served as Faculty Chair for The Opus College of Business and, Executive Committee of the University (EC) and University Policy Advisory Committee (UPAC). In his Lead role for Project Management, he has 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 Executive Education (Exec Ed) Center of UST and clients. His own contribution margins to Exec Ed has been over 12 million dollars, which has gone into research grants for college faculty. He currently teaches both the Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Project Management as well as he conducts non-degreed Professional and Executives training in Project and Program Management.

Dr. Owens specializes in Project, Strategic, and Operations Management. He also taught in the Executive MBA program Organizing Capabilities, Strategic Management, and Leadership. He received his doctorate in leadership from UST in the summer of 2000. His twenty two years of industry experience comes from Unisys as Director of Strategic Planning, IBM as a Cost Engineer, Johnson and Johnson's as an Industrial Engineer, Melville Shoe Corporation as a Methods Analyst, and Mass General Hospital as an Industrial Engineering Technician. He has taught since 1991 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. Dr. 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, he has developed project management training programs with Donaldson Company, Imation, PaR Systems, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Ameriprise Financial, NRP, Aspen Research, E-Funds, Tenant Corporation, Fairview South 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 dollars. Owens has received the "Eleven Who Care Award" and WCCO Good Neighbor for community service as well as "The Jefferson Awards" which is 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 2018 Courses
Fall 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 384 - L01 Project Management - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 115
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 42970 4 Credit Hours
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
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 480 - D01 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 115
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 42972 4 Credit Hours
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, plus senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 623 - 201 Project Management - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 419
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 43082 3 Credit Hours
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. Prerequisites: None
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 623 - 202 Project Management - - - - - - - -
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 43084 3 Credit Hours
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. Prerequisites: None
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
J-Term 2019 Courses
J-Term 2019 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2019 Courses
Spring 2019 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 384 - 01 Project Management - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 115
Description of course Project Management : CRN: 22123 4 Credit Hours
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
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 480 - D01 Strategic Management - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 115
Description of course Strategic Management : CRN: 22126 4 Credit Hours
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 CISC 200 or BUSN 202, plus senior standing. Absolutely no exceptions will be made to these prerequisites.
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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

Publications
  • Rexeisen, R. J., Owens, E. L., & Garrison, M. J. (2018). Lean six sigma and assurance of learning: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Education for Business, (93)(5), pp. 260-266
  • 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

Presentations
  • "Earned Value" PMI-MN Professional Development Days, Rochester, Minnesota, January 01, 2017
  • "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