Professors Doug Bosse and Jonathan Whitaker bring unique professional perspectives from the consulting industry to the MBA program.

Whitaker, who earned an MBA at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. at Michigan University, spent eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a manager and then moved to A.T. Kearney. During his ten year career, he completed engagements in North America, Europe and Asia. His clients included Bank of America, DuPont and General Motors.

Bosse, who earned both an MBA and a Ph.D. at Ohio State University, has 18 years of consulting under his belt, including time as a senior manager in the strategy practice at Accenture, where he worked with major firms in a variety of industries, and at S4 Consulting, a boutique firm in the midwest.

“My professional background complements my doctoral training because I have rich experience with practical, critical analyses. I am comfortable facilitating classroom debates about strategy at any firm and in any industry, and I can relate student insights and questions to patterns of competitive behavior I have observed personally,” Bosse said.

Whitaker sees his professional experience as allowing him to offer support and to connect with his students in a different way, especially in regards to their current or desired career path.

“[My professional background] helps me to connect with students outside of the classroom in terms of understanding their career search better [and provides] an additional level of contact and support for the student beyond just my class,” Whitaker explained.

Bosse will be teaching Strategic Management this spring semester and Whitaker will be teaching Operations Management. Strategy plays a key role in both of these course offerings.

According to Bosse, “Strategy focuses on the extent to which firm performance can be influenced by proactive management. The perspective in [Strategic Management] is that firms excel, because the strategies their managers choose allow them to exploit potential opportunities to create value and effectively adapt to changing circumstances.”

Whitaker incorporates his industry knowledge into teaching about strategy. “What I do is try to talk with students about how firms use operations to execute their business strategies. Formulating the strategy is really important; having an idea of what you want to do is really important but it is equally, if not more important, to be able to properly execute the plans that are in place,” he said.

Bosse believes that his professional experience augments students’ learning about strategy.

“I think students appreciate professors’ professional experience in a subject like strategy that has a variety of practical analytical tools built upon a strong, cohesive body of theory,” he said.

Both Bosse and Whitaker continue to do consulting work outside of the classroom through the Robins School’s Executive Education department and have worked with firms in the insurance and communications industry as well as local government organizations this year alone.

Their extensive consulting backgrounds coupled with current consulting ventures reaps benefits in the classroom: “When you have professional experience, you’re then able to do that work which then gives you more experience to bring into the classroom,” Whitaker said.