Alumni Researcher Spotlight: Doug Gilbert

Alumni Researcher Spotlight: Doug Gilbert

This week’s spotlight focuses on Douglas “Doug” Gilbert. He is a School of Advanced Studies alumnus, having completed his DBA in 2010. He also has an MBA from Université de Genève, and a JD from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the Center for Global Business and Information Technology Research and has worked for the University of Phoenix School of Business for 17 years.

He is currently pursuing his PhD at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His dissertation there, which it titled, “The Collaborative Factor. Discovering the missing dimension in leadership education” is underway. He is also assisting with questionnaire design on another research project titled, “Applying the Baldrige Cybersecurity Framework for Business.”

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Most notably, he served as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Finance and Economics in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from May to June 2017. While there he established fundamental processes for leading university in Mongolia to fully enter online education, and assisted with change to the faculty performance model. This work was inspired by the research completed for his DBA dissertation.

When asked what he feels the long-term implications will be for the projects he’s working on, he noted different goals for each project. His current dissertation was inspired by the need for a leadership model based on the power of collaboration. He hopes to see, “A different approach to leadership thinking incorporating mindfulness, social construction, and systems thinking.”

For his efforts on the Baldridge Cybersecurity Framework project, which were inspired by time spent serving as a national examiner for the Baldridge program, he is hoping to see recognition for SAS and the University of Phoenix as a thought leader in the area.

The biggest lesson Dr. Gilbert has learned so far has been the ability to, “look at a project as a part of a platform and building a personal brand.” Next he plans to build out a platform for leadership education in an international setting.

When asked what advice he would give to faculty or students thinking about beginning work on research projects, he said, “Be very conscious and deliberate about your research platform and how you can develop a scholar / practitioner brand from your research. Think beyond the problem statement to the solutions that you could bring to the world.”

Thank you, Dr. Gilbert, for choosing University of Phoenix for your first doctoral degree and for your continued research efforts. We wish you the best of luck in your efforts at home and abroad.