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Bruce A. Kibler

  • Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor
    Graduate Business Studies

Born in the aftermath of Sputnik I grew up in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C. I remember clearly that the main road going into D.C. was paved with one lane in each direction. Now that same road has four lanes in each direction. I spent most of my time out in the country where the middle of town was about three miles away and it consisted of four stores, Olney Foods, Olney Feed, Olney Drug and the blacksmith (Finnifrock). Color TV was a novelty when I was a child and there was certainly nothing in the realm of computers, internet, mobile telephone, skype and etc.

I began my entrepreneurial ventures early, at 8 I was already going door-to-door selling flower and vegetable seeds and as soon as I was able, delivering papers as well. I had my first job at 14 working as a stock boy, salesman in a local store. I worked my first several college summers in Virgina for a small cleaning company, where I replaced a crew of 4 workers. I moved from there to running the back end of a small restaurant/deli and then managing all aspects of a tool and party equipment rental and sales company. In all three of the last examples I was the key employee that built the business and ran the operations. This got me through my undergraduate studies.

Going to college at the University of Maryland, College Park (over 40,000 students at that time) in the wake of the social revolution and Martin Luther King Juniors' famous speech, his death and the ensuing riots that devastated downtown Washington, D.C. it was a dynamic era and during my undergraduate studies I had the opportunity to live abroad, in Switzerland, for about a year. This is where I learned German and began understanding the world from multiple as opposed to a singular (U.S.) perspective. I was so impressed with Europe after that year that I decided the only way to really judge another "way of doing things' would be to eventually live and work there. This I accomplished a number of years later after a year in Germany (Kassel) for my first Masters degree and my marriage to my wife and German national, Angela Beaumont and a second Masters in Business and IT.

I got on a plane and flew to Germany to try my luck (since I was married to a German national I could automatically live and work there). I arrived and had employment within a week at the joint German Winegrowers Association and the Association of German Wine Exporters...I was forced to drink German wine every day while at work to hone my skills of identifying wine types and their growing regions. This was more of an interim position while I sought gainful employment in telecommunications, which happened within 6 months...I began working at Deutsche Telekom, Germany's former monopoly telecommunications provider.

From here I was involved in many international projects, including having initiated the project that led to the purchase by Deutsche Telekom of Voicestream in USA (now known as T-Mobile, a deal that surpassed $53 billion). I also spent time as an expatriate for Deutsche Telekom as the Senior Advisor to the CFO and Director of Strategy for Croatian Telecom (the former monopoly telco provider) a majority owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom in Croatia.

I moved from here to IBM, leading their strategic outsourcing group in the Central and Middle European markets for contracts in excess of $100 mln. It is at this point that I decided to move into academia, left my IBM job and pursued my PhD full time.

Bruce Kibler has been a full professor at the Cologne Business School in Cologne, Germany and then Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Dr. Kibler has taught International Management, Strategic Management, Business Ethics, Operations Management, Small Business Management, Principles of Management, Organisational Behaviour, New Trends in International Management, a self created course on CSR and Firm Value as guest professor at Nitra University in Nitra, Slovak Republic and a graduate course in Strategic HR at Maastricht University, Holland.

Currently, I am predominantly teaching the business policy and strategy capstone courses for the undergraduate and graduate curriculum here at Gannon. I also occasionally teach the freshman introduction class, Foundations of the Business Enterprise as well as Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability and certainly also International/Global Management/Business.

PhD. Strategic and International Management, Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica, SK, – 2007
M.A.S. Business and IT, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD – 1993
M.A.  in German Language and Literature 1987, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
1983-1984 Scholarship for Study abroad in Kassel, Germany – University of Kassel
B.A. , Political Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD - 1980
1979 – 1980 study of German and European culture and history in Zurich, Switzerland


I also completed studies for a teaching degree with minors in mathematics and geography.

Asst. Professor
Gannon University
Program Director - Mgmt 

Asst. Professor of Management
University of Wisconsin Superior

Cologne Business School, Cologne, Germany

Lecturer/ Doctoral candidate/Consultant

IBM Global Services
Business Development Executive
Bonn, Germany

Deutsche Telekom (DTAG)
Senior Advisor to CFO and Director of Strategy
Zagreb, Croatia

Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, Germany
Senior Manager, M&A

Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, Germany
Senior Manager, Int’l. Business Development for Multimedia

Deutsche Telekom Mobilfunk (100% mobile subsidiary of DTAG)
Bonn, Germany
Senior Manager, Wireless International Strategy and Business Development
Program Manager, Mobile Satellite Communications

German Winegrowers Association
Bonn Germany

COMSAT Corporation
Marketing Specialist
Information Specialist
Washington, D.C. , USA

ABC News Corp.
Washington, D.C., USA

Substitute Teacher
Maryland, USA
Concurrently worked as a substitute teacher at a Montessori school on the secondary level in all subjects. ABC job was 16:00 – 24:00

and much more.

The Role of Synergies and Economies of Scale in Internationalization, 2005, The Journal of Economics and Social Research, vol. VI, 2005, Nr. 1, University Mateja Bela, Slovakia (ISSN 1335-7069)

Sustainable Growth through Ethical and Socially Responsible Corporate/Managerial Behaviour, 2005, Published Papers of the Symposium “Ethics in the Environment” The Faculty of Economics, Mateja Bela University, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia 8 – 9 February 2005 (ISBN 80-8083-126-2)

The Critical Success Factors in International Business Strategy, 2005, Wissenschaftliche Texte (ISBN- 1-4116-2917-5)

The Paradigm Shift in Internationalization: Internationalization versus Globalization and the Terms of Future Success, 2005, Wissenschaftliche Texte (ISBN- 1-4116-2917-5)

Corporate Social Responsibility: Business Practice and Business Justification
Symposium on the “Economics and Management in the Slovak Republic after Membership in the EU”, November 2006 (ISBN 80-225-2241-4)

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Globalization and Democracy: 2007, The Journal of Economics and Social Research, vol. VIII, 2007, Nr. 2, University Mateja Bela, Slovakia (ISSN 1335-7069)

Efficient Management of Social and Corporate Performance, S. 117-118;
ISBN: 978-80-552-0060-6; Buch: International Scientific Days 2008; Faculty of Economics and Management

The New Economics, May, 2009. The 2nd International Conference on Global Business and Economic Development, Bratislava, Slovak Republic ISBN: 978-80-225-2738-5

Transparency – The Critical Success Factor for Business and Society, May 2009. Internationale wissenschaftliche Konferenz: Unternehmen und Wettbewerbsfaehigkeit von Firmen 2009. Lehrstuhl fuer Betriebswirtschaft, am 14.5.2009 in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. ISBN 978-80-225-3738-5

Anti-Diskriminierungs-Knigge: Gleichstellung, Jugend, Alter, Sexualitaet, Political Correctness, 2009. P 131-133. Books on Demand GmbH, Norderstedt, Germany. ISBN 9783837026597

Hellstern, Kibler, Ozga, 2010. Creating Successful Global Teams With Strategic Management Simulation Software, 2010. Proceedings of the “International Technology, Education and Development Conference", March 8th-10th, 2010, Valencia, Spain.

Hellstern, G.M., Ozga, J., Kibler, B. Decision-Making in Virtual Teams – Developing Business Intelligence across Time, Culture and Space Using Serious Games, 2012. 3rd International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics, March 25-28, 2012, Orlando, FL. ISBN-13: 978-1-936338-56-6

Books Published:

Kibler, B. (Editor - 2010) Principles of Management (2010), McGraw Hill. ISBN 9780390163080

Kibler, B. (2008) The Role of Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility in International Business (2008), ISBN 978-0-6152-2066-6

I have engaged in many forms of experiential and academic service learning. I am motivated to include service learning opportunities in all classroom setting. bringing outside agencies and University students together for mutual profit.

In the last 6 years I have logged, via my classes, almost 16,000 hours in performing projects for for profit, not for profit as well as government and quasi governmental entities, many of which havbe had lasting impact. Several examples:

My class performed an fiber optic rollout for the city of Erie, Fairview, Millcreek and up to Edinboro for a local provider. This rollout plan was used to convince board members and is being deployed at this writing.

Many projects from Food Hub to Bike Sharing that have had several attempts at implementation and have also been incorporated into local and regional planning projects for the future of Erie for future implementation.

We have worked with local politicians researching potential legislation from the introduction of specific legislation in PA to the implementation of electrical charging stations to be ready for electric cars.

...and many more!!!

Bruce           A. Kibler

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