Michael J. D. Sutton PhD, CMC, FBEI, MIT is an Innovative Researcher, Knowledge Scientist, and Learning Engineer. Over the past 50 years he has distinguished himself in the business and educational fields of:
He has extensive experience in educating, teaching, managing, technically architecting, and leading strategic business and educational initiatives. He was a Practice Director for over fifteen years, concentrating his analysis, management, and systems thinking talent in this emerging practitioner field of Knowledge Management. Within academic Business Schools he motivated his learners to adopt an “entrepreneurial spirit” that is necessary to succeed in our complex world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). He has coached and mentored founders of start-ups, SMEs, as well as executives and managers in Fortune 500 firms.
Michael has provided consulting direction, advice, and education for private and public sector clients:
Prior to returning to McGill to work on his doctorate in 2000, he participated in various applied research projects outside of the university environment resulting in numerous publications in academic and trade journals. His independent scholarly research culminated in the publication of his first book, Document Management for the Enterprise: Principles, Techniques, and Applications, (Wiley, 1996), which has been widely adopted by corporations and universities and recently translated into Russian.
Since graduating, he has taught as a Professor in numerous institutions of higher education, leadership institutes, continuing educational programs, and community colleges. Michael was invited to achieve his PhD in Knowledge Management from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, CANADA and graduated at the young age of 57, an exemplar of a lifelong learner. Michael since been an innovative experiential learning educator.
Michael is a recognized thought leader and sought-after author/keynote speaker in the emergent Game-Based Learning and Gamification fields. He has presented and published numerous papers in that emergent field, but most recently completed a co-authored text in September 2019 with a close colleague, Kevin Allen, entitled: EMOTIFY! The Power of the Human Element in Game-Based Learning, Serious Games and Experiential Education.
MAY 2007 - PhD / McGill University, Montreal, QC, CANADA, Information School Dissertation: Examination of the Historical Sensemaking Processes Representing the Development of Knowledge Management Curricula in Universities: Case Studies Associated with an Emergent Discipline.
MAY 1989 - BIS / University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, CANADA, [Major, Management Sciences], Thesis: Expert System Model for Assessing Change Management in the Strategic Planning Process.
2014 – PRESENT :: FUNIFICATION, Apache Junction, AZ and Int’l Locations. Chief Gamification Officer-Chief Knowledge Officer
Architected and delivered face-to-face (f-2-f) and online learning experiences and workshops encompassing experiential exercises, elearning, online and analogue serious games, simulations, and immersive virtual environments that increase both workplace and academic engagement, performance, and retention.
2015 – 2021 :: Anaheim University, Anaheim, CA. Adjunct Professor, Dissertation Chair, Dissertation Coach: MBA and DBA Program.
Actively directing a DBA Candidate (Doctorate in Business Administration) as a Dissertation Chair for their doctoral journey an investigation. Leading and supporting DBA learners as a Dissertation Coach embarking upon their coursework for developing the Dissertation Proposal and Literature Review and Professor in Entrepreneurship.
2015 – 2021 :: Grand Canyon University, School of Doctoral Studies, Phoenix, AZ. Dissertation Chair, Adjunct Professor, Dissertation Committee Content Expert: DBA Program
Delivered online DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) courses-modules employing a wide spectrum of online learning strategies. Coached and mentored online DBA learners through the process of developing and receiving approval for their Prospectus, Proposal, Defence, and Dissertation.
2016 – 2016 :: Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID. Adjunct Professor: Undergraduate Business Program
Delivered an experiential entrepreneurship-intrapreneurship undergraduate course framework encompassing the Business Model Canvas; Design thinking; Game-based design; Gamification Canvas; Storytelling; and Visualization.
2014 – 2017 :: Universidade Estadual Paulista, Marília, São Paulo, Brazil & Salt Lake City, UT. Dissertation Co-Chair: Information Sciences, PhD Program.
Co-chaired the dissertation experience for a PhD candidate who successfully graduated after working with me in the USA and Brazil with the theme of competitive intelligence and knowledge management.
2014 – 2015 :: Prescott College, [Doctoral Sustainability Program], Prescott, AZ. Dissertation Coach
Advised-Coached PhD learner in game-based learning, gamification, game design, simulations, and immersive learning environments.
2013 – 2014 :: Salt Lake Community College, [Information Studies Program], Salt Lake City, UT. Course Designer and Instructor
Designed, developed, and delivered online Knowledge Management (KM) and Competitive Intelligence (CI) course modules: basic, intermediate, and advanced.
2013 – 2015 :: Boise State University [College of Business and Economics], Boise, ID. Adjunct Professor: Executive MBA Program.
Designed, developed, and delivered XMBA modules for instructing Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Scenario Planning (Foresight) and Competitive Intelligence. Architected a new Executive Education Business Intelligence Program offering.
2007 – 2016 Westminster College, Gore Business School, Salt Lake City, UT. Associate Professor: MBA & BBA Programs
Designed, developed, and delivered MBA and BBA courses-modules employing a wide spectrum of learning strategies. Team Advisor, Center for Entrepreneurship, Annual Opportunity Quest Business Plan Competition. Designed and delivered Executive Education modules for the Mastering Leadership Certificate Program.
2004 – 2007 :: Kent State University, Kent, OH. Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the KM Concentration: Information Architecture & Knowledge Management: MS Program
Architected the KM Curriculum and delivered classroom-based KM courses. Architected a new elearning KM Certificate curriculum for distance education learners. Developed a collaborative alliance network of over fifty senior executives throughout Ohio. Advised graduate students on their MS theses and capstone projects.
1969 – 2004 :: Various Clients and Employers, Ottawa and Toronto, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec, & International Locations. Partner, Teacher, Consultant, PhD Candidate, Manager, Management Consultant, and Executive - Various Enterprises, Community Colleges, Universities, Management and Systems Consulting Firms
Successfully executed a number of teaching, consulting, training, management, and executive roles in various enterprises with P&L responsibility for profitable business units, branch offices, and start-up practice centers in the management consulting, information management, information systems, and information technology sectors.
Architect and deliver face-to-face (F-2-F) workshops and online learning experiences encompassing experiential exercises, elearning activities, online and analogue serious games, simulations, role-playing, and immersive virtual environments that increased both workplace and academic engagement, performance, and retention.