Rod Githens, Ph.D.

Three Key Findings About Online Occupational Education in Community Colleges

Online course offerings are a major part of community colleges’ workforce development efforts. These courses are key in providing access for people who need job training, but cannot attend traditional face-to-face programs either because the program isn’t offered in their geographic area or because of work/family commitments. Read More

Five Barriers to Knowledge Sharing in Franchising Organizations

The flow or transfer of knowledge is critical in a decentralized franchisee organization.  In these organizations, innovation often happens at the local, franchisee level.  Tacit knowledge is the informal implicit knowledge Read More

Mindfullness as Leadership Development Approach: Four Key Principles

Polly LaBarre writes in the Harvard Business Review Blog about a leadership development program that brings about organization change by transforming “the hearts and minds of people” rather than “changing systems and processes.”

This program, from biotech firm Genentech, utilizes four principles Read More

Does the US Government Need to Encourage Manufacturing?

The New York Times Magazine ran a story today about the Obama’s administration’s experiment with “industrial policy,” encouraging certain industries with start-up funds to increase their initial viability.  Compared with other countries, particularly China and Japan, the U.S. has largely avoided such policies in recent decades.  Read More

Online Contract Training in Community Colleges

Community colleges in the United States have become major providers of human resource development services, particularly through offering workforce development training to local employers.  The addition of workforce development services to community colleges is a fairly recent phenomenon.

Some see workforce development efforts as diluting community colleges’ historic mission of providing affordable and accessible opportunities for students to transfer to four-year institutions.  Read More

Workplace Incivility and Diversity

Some individuals experience incivility at work based on others’ perceptions of whether they are different from the norm.  Incivility, the often-unintentional violation of social norms, can occur as a result of perpetrators’ unconscious prejudice.  Such activity can result in decreased employee satisfaction, increased likelihood of looking for another job, and decreased mental and physical health. Read More

Business Opportunity among Older Population

I just read this article in the New York Times, which describes the design of products that are friendly for older adults, but also appealing to younger consumers.  The article mentions that products such as exaggerated large button phones aren’t appealing to many older adults or younger people.

It’s nice to see that business needs are driving product developers to design products that are friendly to this population. Read More

Manufacturing in the U.S. (NPR Podcast)

A deep concern of mine is the lack of non-service jobs in the U.S. I’ve spent a good deal of time in the last year considering the role of postsecondary workforce development providers in helping to train a workforce for manufacturing jobs. Read More