Gene Deszca Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Gene Deszca is professor emeritus of business administration and a former MBA director and associate director in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. He played a variety of leadership roles at Laurier, including the development and launch of the full-time, one-year MBA program, the executive MBA program, and the undergraduate international business concentration. He was instrumental in the development of the post-university professional accreditation programs for one of Canada’s major accounting bodies and was a member of its national board of directors for several years.
Gene loves working with students and practitioners and values the excitement, energy, and breakthroughs that can emerge from these interactions. He has served on boards and continues to teach graduate and executive courses, both nationally and internationally, in organizational behavior, leading organizational change, and international business. His consulting work follows similar themes for clients in both the public and private sectors, with a focus on framing and navigating organizational change and the development and delivery of executive programs. He is involved in entrepreneurial initiatives which are in the process of scaling. One of these focuses on the development and deployment of public and private blockchains for use across a wide array of applications.
Gene is the author or coauthor of over 100 journal, books, monographs, cases, conference publications/presentations, and technical papers. These include the books Canadian Cases in Human Resource Management, Cases in Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Change: An Action Oriented Toolkit (now in its 5th ed.) and the articles Driving Loyalty Through Time-to-Value, Managing the New Product Development Process: Best-in-Class Principles and Leading Practices, and Aging Well in Management Education: An Interview. He is an active case writer, and his current research focuses on organizational change and the development of high-performance enterprises.