George Byrtek

George Byrtek, PhD

Professor of Organizational Leadership


Office: Portland Center #229

More than 25 years ago, God led our family on a cross-country faith journey to Newberg, Oregon. Among many other blessings, this calling resulted in my becoming one of the first full-time faculty members to teach in the Department of Professional Studies. To this day, my desire to serve Christ and to make a difference in the world by empowering students fuels my professional efforts at George Fox. And, it is a joy to be working among colleagues who feel the same way.

Guiding my teaching is the fact that adult learners have unique needs for relevance and application that far exceed those of younger traditional students. My own training and experience have taught me that every adult student in the classroom listens to the instructor with these questions in mind: “Is this consistent with my own experience?” and “How can I use this information now to deal with the current challenges of my personal and professional life?”

In teaching adults, theory can serve a useful role as a roadmap for understanding human interactions from the perspective of a variety of scholars. However, the critical role of the instructor is not to inundate with a didactic imparting of management theory, but rather, to create connections among course concepts, students’ experience, and students’ desire for applicability. Consequently, I spend considerable time and effort researching, developing and testing experiential learning exercises and case studies for use in the classroom and exploring the use of new technologies to enhance the learning process.

Academic Background

  • PhD Administration/Management, Walden University
  • MS Management / Human Resource Development, National-Louis University
  • BS Mathematics & Economics, University of Wisconsin

Expertise and Research Interests

For over 10 years I have been serving as a reviewer for the Management Education and Development and the Organizational Behavior Divisions of the Academy of Management. I am energized by the opportunities this provides me to bring innovations and the results of current management research and practice into the programs offered by the Department of Professional Studies.

My own research interests focus on organizational culture, change and strategic management. In the wider community I use this expertise to pursue my passion for serving non-profit entities by providing assistance to enable these organizations to function more effectively in pursuit of their mission.

Select Research Bibliography

Byrtek, G. J. & Dickerson, M. (2013). Actualizing Core Values: Putting Theory into Practice. Business Management Dynamics. 3(2), 7-25.

Byrtek, G. J. (2013). Implementing Diversity as a Core Value: Putting Theory into Practice. Paper presentation. Council for Christian Colleges & Universities Changing Faces Conference. April 5-7, 2013 at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon.

Byrtek, G. J. Changing Shared Values: A Misadventure with the Shadow Side. North American Case Research Association Annual Conference. Memphis, TN. October 4-6, 2001.

Byrtek, G. J. & McNaught, S. Putting Andragogy into Practice. Western Organization and Management Teaching Association Annual Conference. Orange, CA. February 15-17, 2000.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • MGOL 401 - Organizational Behavior
  • MGOL 404 - Leadership Communication
  • MGOL 431 - Operations Management
  • MGOL 440 - Human Resource Management
  • MGOL 442 - Dynamics of Leadership
  • MGOL 450 - Strategic Management

Outside the Classroom

Supporting the Children’s Cancer Association has become a significant activity for our family, as my wife Meg assumed the role of President. But life is not all about work. Living along the banks of the Washougal River, we are avid outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and cross country skiing. Our latest adventures include climbing Mt. St. Helens and kayaking in the Columbia Gorge. We are proud parents of four married children: Michelle and family, who live in San Francisco; and Erik, Daniel, and Anna, who have settled with their families here in the Northwest. Having been blessed with nine grandchildren, we are doing our best to spoil them.

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