Jeff is a professor of management in the College of Business at California State University, Chico. He has served on the faculty since 2001 teaching strategic management and project management. He is a senior partner with Castle-Side Partners and has had an active consulting practice for 25 years involving a range of industries, including banking, farming, consumer packaged goods, transportation systems, plastic injection molding, steel works, restaurants, breweries, and wineries. His consulting projects focus on strategic planning and managing complex systems.
Jeff has served on the board of directors of Lundberg Family Farms for the last 10 years and currently serves as treasurer and chair of the audit committee.He is co-author of the following books: “‘Economics of Strategy’ Instructor’s Manual” (Wiley and Sons), 2006; “Essentials of Project Control” (PMI: Project Management Institute), 1999; “Project Leadership: From Theory to Practice” (PMI), 1998; and “Leadership Skills for Project Managers” (PMI), 1998. His published academic journal articles have been cited in more than 200 different business research journals.
Jeff received his bachelor of science degrees in naval science and business administration from Oregon State University, attended the U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officers’ School in Coronado (serving active duty USN in the 1980s), obtained an MBA from Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, and a PhD in strategic management from the University of Houston. At M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, he received a certificate in applying the system dynamics method for managing complexity, and at Stanford University he completed the Advanced Project Management Program and received the certification S.C.P.M. (Stanford Certified Project Manager).