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  • Lecturer
  • PhD Candidate

Academic Background

  • BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 2006
  • MBA, Entrepreneurship, American Military University, 2014

About Sheldon Dunn

A strategic dynamo, Sheldon Dunn exemplifies multifaceted expertise. He is a versatile professional combining his military background, a penchant for process improvement, and academic prowess into creating tangible value. Sheldon is an Ivy League alumnus with a decade of experience with the Department of Defense and is currently expanding his academic horizons as a PhD Candidate in Strategic Management.

With several years immersed in diverse cultures, including three years in Japan and two in Germany, Sheldon possesses a rich multicultural perspective. His marriage to a native Spanish speaker further deepens his appreciation for linguistic and cultural nuances. Anchoring his life philosophy, Sheldon resonates with the wisdom of Viktor Frankl: "Between stimulus and response there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." This belief underscores Sheldon's conviction that every experience offers lessons to learn if one is attuned to them.

Professional Highlights

  • Academia & Research: Currently engaged as a Lecturer and PhD Candidate at the Shidler College of Business, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Sheldon delves into the confluence of marketing and strategic management.

  • Military Service & Project Management: Sheldon's illustrious military journey includes roles like Facilities Manager for the Naval Education and Training Command, where he was the driving force behind 30 major construction projects with an estimated value exceeding $100 million. With the U.S. Air Force, he showcased his project management acumen by significantly reducing emergency work orders at two major installations.

  • Industry Experience: Sheldon's corporate journey includes pivotal roles at Altus Pharmaceuticals and Corning Incorporated. At both organizations, he was instrumental in resolving complex process challenges, always striving for innovation and pushing the boundaries of convention.

  • Awards & Recognitions: Sheldon's dedication and commitment have been recognized multiple times, with awards like the John Levitow Award and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Connecting with Sheldon

For those eager to explore synergies in the domains of strategic management, process improvement, or just to connect with a multifaceted professional, Sheldon is always open for meaningful interactions. Feel free to reach out to him via email or LinkedIn.

Research Interests

Value creation

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Selected Publications

Dunn, S. (2021). Value Creation Across Disciplines. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2021(1), 16075.

Dunn, S. (2022). Placing Value Creation at the Core of Strategy. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2022(1), 17157.