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Areas of expertise
Business strategy, strategic management, leadership, entrepreneurship, organization analysis and design.

Dr. Parks is the emeritus holder of the John Shearn Chair in Business at Southwestern University, where he taught a variety of business courses, including leadership, strategic management, and entrepreneurship. He served as a Paideia Professor and as a First Year Seminar Professor. Prior to his arrival at Southwestern, Don taught at the University of Wyoming, where he won teaching awards, including the University's John P. Ellbogen Outstanding Classroom Teacher award. He has also taught at Clemson and Texas A&M.

He has provided consulting, training seminars, or invited lectures to a variety of organizations, including Seabrook Corporation, In-Situ, Inc.; the Wyoming Governor's Office and State Legislature, and the South Carolina Highway Department.

He has published in Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Management Education, and Annual Advances in Business Cases; contributed to a book about strategic decision making, and presented research findings and case studies at numerous scholarly meetings. He served as board member for the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, and as reviewer for journals and scholarly organizations.

In addition to his teaching and scholarly experience, Don has management experience from his time in industry at two manufacturing firms and an electric utility. While in industry, he earned the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) designation, for which he now holds lifetime certification. Prior to that, he served a tour of duty as a USAF T-38 instructor pilot. He earned his Ph.D. in strategic management and a BBA at Texas A&M, and a Masters degree in management from the University of Northern Colorado.



Business strategy, strategic management, leadership, entrepreneurship, organization design and control.

Honors & Awards

holder of the John Shearn Chair in Business, Southwestern University, 1995-2010.

University of Wyoming Ellbogen Outstanding Classroom Teacher Award 1994.

One of three finalists for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) 1993 Wyoming and U.S. Professor of the Year.

University of Wyoming College of Business Outstanding Teacher, 1993.

Specific subjects or issues you can knowledgeably discuss:
Business strategy, leadership, entrepreneurship, not-for- profits.

I am willing to talk to the media: yes

I am willing to talk to community groups about my area of expertise: yes

Can you do interviews in Spanish? no

Other languages you are fluent in:

Experience with the news media (especially electronic media):

Contact Details:
(512) 863-(office)