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Lynn Godkin

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?

    MBA in Management

  • 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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