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Gary Wolbers

Instructional Assistant Professor
Management and Quantitative Methods
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Gary joined the Management and Quantitative Methods Department as an Instructional Assistant Professor in Fall 2017. He teaches Organizational Behavior and Organizational Theory at ISU, including Leadership, Organizational Change, Entrepreneurship, and Human Resources.

Gary received his Doctorate of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University in June 2016, and was a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Monmouth College prior to joining ISU. Before academia, Gary was a mid-market commercial lending officer and manager in the banking industry, serving the financial needs of privately-held small- and mid-sized enterprise with revenues less than $500 million.

Current Courses

421.001Analysis Of Organizational Behavior



382.001Organizational Leadership

382.002Organizational Leadership

220.004Business Organization And Management

220.008Business Organization And Management


102.016Honors Mindset Seminar

102.017Honors Mindset Seminar

384.001Leadership: Decision Making And Planning

Teaching Interests & Areas

Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Management

Research Interests & Areas

Mid-sized Firm Growth

DBA Strategy, Organizational Theory, Entrepreneurship

St. Ambrose University
Davenport, Iowa

MBA Marketing concentration

St Ambrose University
Davenport, IA

BBA Finance

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Journal Article

Wolbers, G., & Pillutla, A. What Drives Growth in Midsized Firms?. Harvard Business Review (2021)


The Semi-Structured Interview & Qualitative Research.. Methods Research. St. Ambrose University. (2017)
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