Dr. Satinder Dhiman

Associate Dean of Business - MBA Program Chair
Professor of Management and Accounting - Woodbury University School of Business
Co-founder, Business Renaissance Institute
Director, Interbeing and JGBI

Professor Satinder Dhiman, PhD, EdD, has been preparing leaders in higher education for the last 35 years in various settings on two continents.

Born in India, Dr. Dhiman served for ten years as a Senior Lecturer in Commerce at DAV College, a premier institution of higher learning in North India. During that time, he also co-authored several textbooks in the area of managerial accounting and business management. He came to the United States in 1988 as a Rotary International Exchange Scholar.

He currently serves as a Professor of Management and as the Associate Dean, Chair, and Director of the MBA Program at Woodbury University’s School of Business in Burbank, California. He holds a PhD in Social Sciences—Management orientation—from Oldendorff Graduate School, Tilburg University; an EdD in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University’s GSEP (Graduate School of Education and Psychology); an MBA from West Coast University, Los Angeles; and a Master’s degree in Commerce from Panjab University having earned the Gold Medal. He has also completed advanced Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton.

Recipient of several teaching and professional honors, Dr. Dhiman also won ACBSP's prestigious International Teaching Excellence Award (2004), Steven Allen’s Award for Educational Excellence (2006), IPCSI’s Life Time Achievement Award in Management Education (2008), and Excellent Management Educator Award in 2011 and 2012, conferred by IPCSI and Punjab Government, India.

Professor Dhiman topped eight finalists from around the world to win the 2004 International Teaching Excellence Award from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). As regional winner for the Region 7 - Western U.S. Region, Dr. Dhiman was selected from among all ACBSP member institutions throughout Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. As International winner, Professor Dhiman's selection represented the highest honor conferred by ACBSP in a given year for teaching excellence in the undergraduate and graduate teaching competition in which a best teacher is selected from its 500 members around the world. ACBSP is an international, specialized accrediting body responsible for accrediting business programs.

Widely published author and co-author of several management books, Dr. Dhiman is also the co-author and co-editor of seven recent books entitled, Teaching Leadership and Organizational Behavior through Humor: Laughter as the Best Teacher (2012); Business Administration Education: Changes in Management and Leadership Strategies (2012); From Me to We: Transforming Ourselves to Greater Awareness (2011); Managing in the 21st Century: Transforming Toward Mutual Growth (2011); Stories to Tell Your Students: Transforming toward Organizational Growth (2011); The Workplace and Spirituality: New Perspectives on Research and Practice (2009); and Spirituality in the Workplace: What it is, Why it matters, and How to make it work for you (2007).

His most recent book, Seven Habits of Highly Fulfilled People: Journey from Success to Significance (2012) is about transforming our search for success into a discovery of profound meaning and significance. This book presents seven gifts as habits of mind geared toward attaining lasting fulfillment ~gifts of pure motivation, gratitude, generosity, selfless service, harmlessness, acceptance, and presence.

Dr. Dhiman has served as an Examiner for the California Governor's Golden State Quality Award for 1996 and 1997 and as a Site Reviewer in the Visiting Committee of the Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education, California Department of Consumer Affairs. He currently serves ACBSP Mentor for accreditation to three different institutions around the world and also as ACBSP Accreditation Site Visit Peer Review Team Member and Team Leader for various US and international business schools. Dr. Dhiman regularly serves as a session chair, reviewer, invited keynote, plenary, lead speaker, and presenter for several national and international conferences.

Over the last 25 years, Dr. Dhiman has presented his work at various national and international conferences, and has published his research in various journals such as Organizational Development Journal, Journal of Social Change, Journal of Human Resources and Adult Learning, and Journal of American Academy of Business Administration, among others. He is the co-founder/co-director/co-editor of various journals, such as the Business Renaissance Quarterly, Journal of Global Business Issues, Contemporary Review, and Interbeing. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Business Renaissance Institute (BRI) and ASPEX (Academy of Spirituality and Personal/Professional Excellence), which is a multi-faceted, entrepreneurial entity that sponsors various research journals and an innovative publishing wing, called the House of Metta.

Dr. Dhiman’s philosophy of life and learning is anchored in the inherent goodness of human nature and in the spiritual nature of all existence. He believes that every person brings a unique blend of gifts and circumstances. For him, the truest joy of life lies in discovering those gifts, polishing them, and giving them back to the society. Professor Dhiman’s classes are structured as learning communities and are founded on the philosophy of self-growth through self-discovery.

Dr. Dhiman lives in North Hills, California, with his wife, Shally Dhiman, and his three sons, Rohit, Nitin, and Tarun.

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