Douglas Hedlund

Adjunct Faculty, Management

B.S., Business Administration, University of Nebraska
M.B.A., , University of Nebraska

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Doug Hedlund is a seasoned corporate executive with deep expertise in strategy formulation and strategy execution. He has taught the Strategic Management Capstone in the Opus College of Business Part-Time Flex MBA as an adjunct instructor since 2009, Competitive Strategy since 2016, and developed the new Introduction to Growth Strategies first offered in Spring 2017. Over the past 25 years, Doug has held corporate development and strategy leadership positions at Mayo Clinic, CUNA Mutual Group, and Deluxe Corporation. He brings a broad background in general management, business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, joint venture development, research, product management, market management and sales to the classroom. Doug's industry experience includes insurance, financial services, healthcare, and technology. He is recognized for bringing a focused, disciplined approach to strategy formulation and execution that delivers superior results through the alignment of strategy, leadership, and culture. Doug teaches because he enjoys developing leaders. He brings a best practices, application driven approach to the classroom, integrating corporate world disciplines and experiences with current academic research. Doug left the corporate world in 2016 to consult part-time and deepen his relationship with the Opus College of Business as a participating adjunct. Doug is a former board president for The First Tee of Rochester Minnesota and current executive chairman for the Two Rivers Thrivent Member Network board.

Fall 2017 Courses
Fall 2017 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 625 - 211 Competitive Strategy M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 SCH 421
Description of course Competitive Strategy : CRN: 42935
Competitive Strategy is designed to help students learn about the nature of business, and the principled leadership and governance of firms. This course focuses on the formulation of business-level strategy to help students gain a practical understanding of how the functions (finance, marketing, accounting, operations, human resources, etc.) are aligned with business-level strategy to support the mission, goals and objectives of a firm. Major questions explored in this course include: Why are some industries more profitable than others? Why do some firms consistently outperform others? How can a firm build and sustain a competitive advantage? A variety of industry contexts and firms will be used to illustrate the application of the analytical tools and frameworks covered in the course to any type of firm, including for-profits, non-profits and not-for-profits. -- Co-requisite: BETH 625.
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
J-Term 2018 Courses
J-Term 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Spring 2018 Courses
Spring 2018 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
MGMT 645 - 211 Intro to Growth Strategies - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 TMH 460
Description of course Intro to Growth Strategies : CRN: 21996 1.5 Credit Hours
This course is designed to introduce the concepts of corporate strategy and the pitfalls and benefits that firms face in their quest to ethically grow. Managers tasked with growing a business face several dilemmas: When should the business grow? When should that growth take place internally? When would it be better to grow via an external path? If growth via an external path is appropriate, should I prefer an alliance, a joint venture, or an acquisition? How would I answer the same questions if the growth opportunity is international? Prerequisite: MGMT 625
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
MGMT 698 - 425 Strategic Mgmt in Healthcare See Details * *
Description of course Strategic Mgmt in Healthcare : CRN: 22468 3 Credit Hours
In this course, students learn about the nature of healthcare organizations, and their leadership and governance, with an emphasis on the ethical dimensions of problem solving at the general management level. This course primarily focuses on the formulation of competitive strategy to help students gain an understanding of how competitive strategy is aligned with and supports the mission, goals and objectives of a healthcare organization. Major questions explored in this course include: Why are some segments of the healthcare system more profitable than others? Why do some healthcare organizations consistently outperform others? How can a healthcare organization build and sustain a competitive advantage? A variety of industry contexts and organizations will be used to illustrate the application of the analytical tools and frameworks covered in the course to any type of healthcare organization, including for-profits, non-profits and not-for-profits.
Schedule Details
Location Time Day(s)
SCH 4071300-170011 Jan '18
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SCH 4071300-170012 Jan '18
SCH 4070800-120013 Jan '18
Academic and Professional Positions
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - present)
  • Founder, The Hedlund Group, LLC, Rochester (2008 - present)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Augsburg College, Minneapolis (2009 - present)
  • Executive Chairman, Thrivent Member Network Board of Directors, (2016 - present)
  • Director, Office of Business Development, Mayo Clinic, Rochester (2009 - 2016)
  • Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, CUNA Mutual Group, Madison (2002 - 2008)
  • Vice-President, Corporate Development, CUNA Mutual Group, Madison (2001 - 2002)
  • Vice-President, E-Commerce, HomeServices, Edina (2000 - 2001)
  • eFunds Leadership Team, Deluxe Corporation, Shoreview (1999 - 2000)
  • Group Manager, Strategic Delivery and Information Solutions, Deluxe Corporation, Shoreview (1997 - 1999)
  • General Manager, Deluxe Marketing Software Services, Deluxe Corporation, Shoreview (1996 - 1997)
  • Corporate Development, Director of Business Research and Planning, Deluxe Corporation, Shoreview (1994 - 1996)
  • Corporate Development, Director of Forecasting and Planning, Deluxe Corporation, Shoreview (1991 - 1994)
  • Retail Marketing Manager, Deluxe Data Systems, Milwaukee, (1987 - 1991)
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee (1990 - 1990)
  • Strategic Marketing Manager, Applied Communications Inc.,, Omaha (1987 - 1988)
  • Unknown, International Verifact Inc., Columbus (1986 - 1987)
  • Account Executive, Norstan Communications, Omaha (1984 - 1985)
  • Account Executive, Applied Communications Inc.,, Omaha (1983 - 1984)
  • Marketing Representative, IBM Corporation, Omaha (1980 - 1983)

Professional Service
  • Two Rivers Thrivent Member Network Board of Directors,

Public Service
  • The First Tee of Rochester, Board Member

Publications

Books and Chapters

Research Interests

Presentations
  • "Strategy Development and Execution" Minneapolis Chapter of Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), May 01, 2017
  • "Guest Lecturer" University of St. Thomas - MBA Program, January 01, 2007
  • "Guest Lecturer" University of Wisconsin-Madison, Executive MBA program, January 01, 2005