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Department of Business Innovation and Strategy Faculty Bios

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Dr. Denise Gochenouer Associate Professor of Marketing and MBA Director with demonstrated experience in the higher education, research and the banking industry. Skilled in Brand Name development and Identity, Market Research, Segmentation, Consumption and Cultural Research, Advertising, Experiential Learning and Management.  She earned her PhD in Sociology (Demography) (Social Organization) from South Dakota State University and holds a Masters in Management and a Bachelors in Marketing. As someone who transitioned into academia from marketing research, and the banking industry (credit-card and insurance), she is able to use her practical skills to enhance her classroom delivery.  Denise has also owned and operated a resort which adds to her expertise in marketing, sales and operations. Her publications appear in the Journal of Business and Economics and the International Journal of Arts & Sciences.  She has also contributed a chapter to SMSU Open textbook.

She is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and the American Sociological Association (ASA).  She has presented papers at several conferences including the Marketing Management Association (MMA).

Denise continues to be active in the American Marketing Association Collegiate chapter where she serves as advisor and consistently works with her students to hone their sales and marketing skills.  At Southwest Minnesota State University she serves on several committees, including the SmSUFA Executive committee where she chairs the Faculty Improvement Committee. She is also an active member of Curriculum Committee, Graduate Curriculum Committee and Graduate Council Committee.

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Dr. Kenneth U. Chukwuba has been with Southwest Minnesota State University since 2016 where he serves as Assistant Professor in the Management Department. He received his Ph.D. in Management with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University in Minnesota, M.B.A. from Webster University Missouri, and B.S. from Columbia College Missouri. Dr. Chukwuba also completed coursework in Disruptive Strategy at Harvard Business School. His areas of specialization are strategic management, leadership and organizational change management, international business and international management. He serves on the Advisory Board for DECA (Distributive Education College of America). Dr. Chukwuba belongs to the following academic and professional organizations and serves as a reviewer: Academy of Management, The Southern Management Association, and Society for Advancement of Management.  Before arriving at Southwest Minnesota University, Dr. Chukwuba was a Visiting Professor at the Waldorf University of Forest City Iowa.  His research interests are in the areas of strategic management, international business, and leadership.

Quote  “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.” ― Peter F. Drucker

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 Dr. Doug Simon has been a member of the Southwest Minnesota State University faculty since 1998.  He holds a number of degrees, including a Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Social Organizations, a Masters of Law (LL.M) in Military Law, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in Law, and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) in Public Administration.  Dr. Simon’s teaching interests include business and constitutional law, policy, and organizational theory.  Dr. Doug Simon has written or presented on topics that include military law and leadership, environmental policy, persistence behavior, community based engagement, and veteran civic engagement.  Alongside his academic career. Dr. Simon serves as Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the State of Minnesota, holding the rank of colonel. In this position, Dr. Simon is the principal legal advisor to The Adjutant General and senior leadership within the Minnesota National Guard. Dr. Simon has deployed two times. His first deployment was in 2003, where he served as the Operational Law Attorney for Operation Joint Forge, SFOR 14, a mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and second, during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008-2009, serving as a Brigade Judge Advocate for the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade. Dr. Simon presently serves as the Chair for the Department of Management and Marketing.

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