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Murray MacTavish, MBA, Ph.D.

Director of MBA Program, Associate Professor

  • Biography

    Murray MacTavish is the Director of the MBA Program and Associate Professor of Leadership and International Development in the School of Business at Trinity Western University. He is also Director of the International Development Studies Minor. Dr. MacTavish joined the TWU faculty in 2007 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The Pennsylvania State University. He has been teaching in undergraduate and graduate level programs since 1991, and has been a guest lecturer in Haiti, Australia, and China.

    Dr. MacTavish’s interest in the development of values-based leaders across the globe has resulted in a long list of publications and professional conference presentations.  During his earlier work in developing entrepreneurial leaders, he co-founded the Chester Entrepreneurship Camps and the Detroit Center for Entrepreneurship.  Dr. MacTavish travels to Asia several times a year to conduct leadership research and seminars in his role as Director of the Leadership in Enterprise for Asian Development (LEAD) program which delivers executive seminars to high-level business and government leaders across China.

  • Education

    • PhD (The Pennsylvania State University)
    • MBA (Eastern University)
    • BA (McMaster University)
  • Recent Publications

    Recent Research and Consulting Projects

    Community Assessment, Ugandan Cooperative Legal Requirements & Best Practices and Co-operative Business Plan Development, Spring 2009 DuncanAfrica Society Guitar Cooperative, Mpigi, Uganda

    Examination of Critical Thinking Processes in Korean Nurses in an American Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, Spring 2006

    Examination of an RN to BSN Nursing Program for Korean Nurses in the USA, Philadelphia, PA, Spring 2006

    Publications

     a.  Articles in Refereed Journals/Proceedings

    MacTavish, M. D., & Kolb, J. A. (2009). An Examination of the Dynamics of Organizational Culture and Values-based Leader Identities and Behaviors: One Company’s Experience [Monograph]. Representing the Cutting Edge: The Top Ten Papers from the 2008 Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings. Bowling Green, OH: The Academy of Human Resource Development.

    MacTavish, M. D., & Kolb, J. A. (2008). An examination of the dynamics of organizational culture and values-based leader identities and behaviors: One company’s experience. In T. J. Chermack & J. Storberg-Walker (Eds.), 2008 Conference Proceedings of The Academy of Human Resource Development (pp. 99-106). Bowling Green, OH: The Academy of Human Resource Development.

    MacTavish, M. D. (2007). Korean Nurses in an American Hospital: An Examination of the Factors Influencing Critical Thinking Processes. Conference Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference of the Academy of HRD (Asia Chapter). Beijing, China: The Academy of Human Resource Development.

    MacTavish, M. D., & Kolb, J. A. (2006). Encouraging Teacher Engagement: A New Approach to Performance Improvement in Schools. In M. L. Morris, & F.M. Nafukho (Eds.), 2006 Conference Proceedings of The Academy of Human Resource Development (pp. 1378-1385). Bowling Green, OH: The Academy of Human Resource Development.

    MacTavish, M. D., & Kolb, J. A. (2006, Spring). Involving teacher leaders in authentic learning: Moving beyond empowerment to engagement. The Beacon 2(4), 1-8.

    MacTavish, M. D. (2005). Cultivating Leader Identities in Lower-Level Employees: An Intentional Strategy. In M. L. Morris, & F.M. Nafukho (Eds.), 2005 Conference Proceedings of The Academy of Human Resource Development (pp. 866-873). Bowling Green, OH: The Academy of Human Resource Development.

    MacTavish, M. D. (2004). Motivating Employees During Lean Times: A Review of the Employee Participation Literature. In T. M. Egan, & M. L. Morris (Eds.), 2004 Conference Proceedings of The Academy of Human Resource Development (pp. 695-702). Bowling Green, OH: The Academy of Human Resource Development.

     b.  Articles in Non-refereed Proceedings

    MacTavish, M. D., & Kolb, J. A. (2005). How Educational Leaders Can Influence Authentic Learning: Moving Beyond Empowerment to Engagement. In P.T. Begley (Ed.), Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Values and Leadership Conference (pp. 1-28). University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Policy Studies.

     c.  Book Chapters

    MacTavish, M. D. (2008). Korean Nurses in an American Hospital: An Examination of the Factors Influencing Critical Thinking Processes.  In M. Xiao (Ed.), Global Human Resource Development Theories and Practice. Beijing, China: Higher Education Press.

    MacTavish, M. D. (1994). Entrepreneurship: Empowering the black male. In S. D. Nix (Ed.), Preparing Boys For Manhood: State-Of-The-Art Strategies For Developing A Comprehensive Ministry To African American Boys (pp. 84-104). (Available from Nonprofit Development Institute, 2500 West 4th Street, Suite 2, Wilmington, DE 19805)

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    Academy of Human Resource Development

    Academy of Management

  • Courses Taught at TWU

    • BUSI 331 - Principles of Marketing
    • BUSI 484 - Strategic Management
    • ECON 230 - Issues in Third World Development
    • ECON 330 - Theory and Practice of Development
    • ECON 480 – Leadership in the Global Context
    • MBA 590, 591, 592, 593 – Christian Leadership & Ethics modules
    • MBA 662 – Managing a Global Organization
    • MBA 665 – Comparative International Management
School of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Business

Department or Program:

MBA, iMBA, and International Studies
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