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Dennis F. Karney

Professor Emeritus
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3141
University of Kansas


Academic Areas

International Business


During his career, Karney has lectured in France, China, Ukraine and Mexico. He spent the fall semester of 2005 in Ukraine as a Fulbright Scholar. He has lead 11 MBA study abroad courses to France, Germany and China, with 3 of those courses specifically focused on the automobile industry. For five years (2002-6), Karney served as the Associate Faculty Director of the KU Center for International Business Education and Research (KU-CIBER). In addition, Karney has developed and delivered over 260 days of executive education to executives in the USA and in China, and has assisted numerous regional and national organizations, both profit and non-profit, with their improvement efforts.

Current Activities

Papers in Progress:

"Cultural Dissonance: a Micro-Process of Organizational Change", (co-author: David Marker, Associate Professor ESC-Clermont).

"Creating a Conducive Environment for Deep Learning in the Classroom," (co-author: Meng Tee, Academic Director, Inti College Subang Jaya).

"The Emergence of a Strategic Framework and a Senior Management Team in a Small Entrepreneurial Concern: A Case Study," (co-author: Sammie Robinson, Assistant Professor Prairie View A&M).

"Dongfeng Motor Company Case," (co-author: Wang Haisu, Dean and Professor Zhongnan University of Economics and Law).


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master's, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor's, University of Pittsburgh

Teaching Interests

  • International business
  • World class operations
  • Organizational change


Professional & Grant Experience

• Serve as a subject matter expert on East-West cultural differences for the University of Foreign Military and Cultural Studies (UFMCS) at Fort Leavenworth (2011 – present).

• Center for International Business, Education and Research Associate Faculty Director (spring 2002-fall 2006), Co-PI of Title VI grant (fall 2002-summer 2006), and leader of several key curricular and outreach initiatives.

• Significant professional time in France, China, Ukraine & Germany. Developmental time in Russia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria & Turkey.

• Chief consultant to KU Med Center leadership team on improvement and change efforts on both medical campuses (1994-1998).

• Co-designed and delivered with three colleagues various 1-5 day management development classes focused on Total Quality Management. Over 200 seminar days delivered (1988-1996).

• Assisted numerous regional and national organizations in both manufacturing and services with improvement efforts. Designed customized improvement strategies for over a dozen organizations, serving as lead transformational consultant for six of them.

Selected Publications

Perry, E. E., Karney, D. F., & Spencer, D. G. (2013). Team Establishment of Self-Managed Work Teams: A Model From the Field. Team Performance Management: An International Journal, 19(1/2), 87-108.

Tee, M. Y., & Karney, D. F. (2010). Sharing and Cultivating Tacit Knowledge in an Online Learning Environment. International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 5, 385-413.

Bryant, M. Karney, D. F., & Vigier, M. (2010). What Can Happen When Business and Language Faculty Cooperate Across an Ocean? American Journal of Business Education, 3(11), 119-129.

Tee, M. & Karney, D. F. (2009). A Framework and Mental Model to Foster Deep Learning in the Classroom. In A. Husani & I. Noraint (Eds.), DIMENSIONS OF EDUCATION: Issues, Challenges & Direction (pp. 293-314). New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House.

Karney, D. F., & Tee, M. (2007). Creating a Conducive Environment for Deep Learning in the Classroom. In Proceedings International Conference on Teaching and Learning. Putrajaya, Malaysia.

Karney, D. F., & Marker, D. (2007). Cultural Dissonance: a Micro-Process of Organizational Change. In Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Philadelphia.

Barnes, F. B., & Karney, D. F. (2007). Setting the Stage for Effective Execution of Change: Practical Advice for Leading Change Efforts. International Journal of Business Research, 7(6), 45-56.

Karney, D. F., & Hillmer, S. C. (2002). An Evaluation of the Foundations of Deming's Management Theory. In Proceedings of Eighth Annual Deming Research Seminar. New York.

Hillmer, S. C., & Karney, D. F. (2001). In Support of the Assumptions at the Foundation of Deming's Management Theory. Journal of Quality Management, 6(2), 371-400.

Dalrymple, J. Hillmer, S. C., Karney, D. F., Edgeman, R. L., & Geroy, G. (2000). Knowledge Creation and Advancement of Organizational Excellence. Quality Engineering, 12(4), 619-626.

Karney, D. F., Bryant, M. & Sheehan, D. (2000). Le Role des Professeurs de Langues dans L’Acceleration du Processus D’Internationalisation: L’Example D’Une Ecole de Commerce. [The Role of Language Professors in the Acceleration of the Globalization Process: The Example of One School of Business]. In Proceedings of 28th Congress UPLEGESS pour une identite et une citoyennete europeennes: position, roles et objectives nouveaux pour le professeur de langues. Brest, France: ENSIETA.

Karney, D. F., Barnes, F. & Feld, L. (1998). Unstated requirements from the Baldrige Criteria: Lessons Learned from John Deere. In Proceedings of the Southern Management Academy.

Hillmer, S. C., & Karney, D. F. (1997). Towards Understanding the Foundations of Deming's Theory of Management. Journal of Quality Management, 2(2), 171-189.

Kleinsorge, I. K., & Karney, D. F. (1992). Management of Nursing Homes Using Data Envelopment Analysis. Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 26(1), 57-71.

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