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Dr. Michael C. Hitson

Dr. Michael C. Hitson
Adjunct Professor

Doctorate Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix, 2008
MBA Business, University of Phoenix, 2003
MS Education, Indiana University, 1983
BS Biology, Chemistry, Speech and Drama, Ball State University, 1976

Michael’s primary research areas include virtual project management, virtual Six Sigma project management, Emotional Intelligence, leadership and job satisfaction. As the world continues to accelerate down the path of information technology driven business facilitation and remotely located work teams as well as the application of work completed through projects, the virtual project team becomes more paramount in its facilitation. Some of Michael’s recent writings include “A Knowledge Founded Model Embracing Leadership Change within Virtual Work Environments”, “Emotional Intelligence Founded Transformational Leadership Traits: The Impact of Gender, Tenure, and Organization Position Among Virtual Workers and “Technology Driven Transitory Virtual Teaming: Facilitating Adaptable Lean Project Teams into the New Decade”

Michael attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where he received a BS in 1976 with a major study area in Biology and minor study areas of Speech / Drama and Chemistry. Michael later attended Indiana University where he received his first Master's Degree.  That MS was presented in the area of Secondary Education with an emphasis in Genetics. Michael then went into Public Education and taught primarily Chemistry, Botany, Computer Coding and Biology. Michael completed his MBA with the University of Phoenix (7/2003), and finished his doctoral program with UOP in June of 2008. Michael entered the world of business in 2000 with the Verizon / Frontier Corporation where he worked with Program / Project Management, Six Sigma, Disaster Recovery, Data Protection and IT Corporate Research through 10/2010

Michael completed his PMP certification and CompTIA Project+ certification.  Michael is also a certified Master Black Belt and Lean specialist as well as a SCRUM Master.  Michael am presently working at Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals in Medical Quality Systems with project management and Six Sigma.