Gary Smith, M.B.A.

Gary Smith, M.B.A.
Lecturer in Management, Business & Management, Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies, and MMM programs
Office Phone
Office Location
287 Burke
PENN STATE BEHREND
281 BURKE CENTER
ERIE PA 16563
Biography

MBA, Gannon University (1981); Educator with 39+ years of business experience dedicated in blending the how-to with real-world life experience. Research interests include Change Management, Lean and Project Management. Gary has had extensive manufacturing experience in the machine tool, coupling, electronics and transportation industries.


Teaching 

The ultimate measure of an educator is how well we help prepare our students for success after their graduation. Tomorrow's leaders need to have a solid basic understanding of how businesses operate. They need to add value as an individual contributor, as a member of a team and/or as a leader of others. They need to have a working knowledge of all of the tools (systems, technical and people skills) that will contribute to success. Tomorrow's leaders must be able to analyze challenges and problems in a way which leads them to making the right decisions. In any class I teach, we drive to help our students advance in any and all of those areas.

To the best extent possible, we need to provide a blend of methods to help meet the learning objectives of the course. Hands-on, interactive approaches help reinforce course material, with a strong emphasis on learning by doing whether that be as simple as role playing, simulation, or experiential activities.