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Lynn Godkin, Ph.D.

Lynn Godkin, Ph.D. — Professor of Management

"You can't learn without hard work anymore than I can improve my physique without physical effort."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Policy and Strategy with minors in Human Resource Management and Labor Economics — University of North Texas

Career Highlights:
I have authored or co-authored 77 refereed papers in my field, 46 refereed papers in academic proceedings and contributed to 10 book chapters. I served as Chair of the Department of Management and Marketing for 11 years. I was associated with the Small Business Development Center of the University of Houston at Lamar University for 20 years serving several thousand clients and small business startups over that period.

In which online program do you teach?

Which classes do you teach online?
Principles of Management, Organization Behavior, Human Resource Management, Compensation.

Why did you start teaching?
I taught classes while in my doctoral program and it made me happy.

What's the best advice that you ever received?
If you don't have a bypass, you may well die.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?
You can't learn without hard work anymore than I can improve my physique without physical effort. Many students have the misconception that an education can be obtained without sacrifice.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

What qualities make someone particularly successful in management?
Stamina and resilience.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Tell us something your students may not know about you.
I was a curriculum consultant to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and traveled to West Africa twice each year for workshops, train-the-trainer activities and consulting. I served NNPC for about 10 years. Also, I was designated an honorary Igbo Chief.

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