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Master of Organizational Leadership

Rick Dienesch


Managerial Studies

Main Campus
Ambrose Hall, AH 423
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Dienesch is a Professor of Managerial Studies in the College of Business. His primary areas of teaching are Organizational Behavior and Leadership, International and Cross-Cultural Management, and Business Strategy. He teaches at both the master's and undergraduate level.

In July of 2007 Dienesch stepped down from the position of Dean of the College of Business after six years. In that capacity he had academic administrative and leadership responsibility for both the undergraduate and graduate programs of the college. Before serving at St. Ambrose, Dienesch was the Assistant Dean for Evening/Weekend Programs at Marian College of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. 

Prior to entering academic administration in 1995, Dienesch served on the faculties in management or business administration at Loyola University-Chicago, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha and the University of Akron in Ohio, with a stop out to earn his doctorate. He has also consulted regularly in many areas of expertise in a number of states.

Dienesch received both bachelor's and master's in Business Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned his PhD at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta in 1987. His research interests started in Leadership, Group Dynamics and Organizational Development. In the early 90s he added a focus in Cross-Cultural Management. Dienesch is fluent in German.

On the personal side, Dienesch was born in Austria, immigrated with his family to the United States at age eight, and grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area. In his off-time he likes reading (especially history and historical novels), bicycling, and watching movies (particularly international films) in theaters and on DVD. Dienesch also likes to spend time with his wife and three adult children.

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