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Dr. Ralph Brueggemann- Assistant Professor

"Each person should develop his or her character, integrity and thinking skills to the highest level possible and use that foundation to adapt to a dynamic world."

Ralph Brueggemann is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches a Practical Innovation class in the online MBA program.

Degrees Held:

  • B.A. – Miami University
  • B.S., MBA, M.Ed. – University of Cincinnati

Career Highlights:

Ralph Brueggemann has experience in independent consulting as well as in national and international corporations that include General Electric, Cincinnati Bell, Macy's Department Stores, Cincom Systems, Dolbey Systems, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has received awards for his work in both teaching and the management of commercial software product development. He is co-author of the textbook, Matthews, C. M., & Brueggemann, R. F. (2015). Innovation and Entrepreneurship A Competency Framework. New York: Rutledge

Which classes do you teach online?

  • Practical Innovation (Management of Innovation)

Why did you start teaching?

Ralph Brueggemann started teaching because of his interest in sharing his experiences, skills and knowledge with others. He taught part-time at Thomas More College from 1972-1974. He taught part-time at the University of Cincinnati from 1974-2015 during which he was promoted from an Adjunct Instructor to an Adjunct Professor. At the Lindner College of Business he taught innovation courses and facilitated competitions from 2011-2015. He is the faculty advisor for the Innovation Initiative student organization.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Your career is your responsibility.

What is the best advice that you could give to your students?

Take responsibility to build your open-mindedness and resilience.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Christensen, C. M., Allworth, J., & Dillon, K. (2012). How will you measure your life?  New York, NY: Harper Business.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

Integrity, fairness, open-mindedness, resilience and the continuous pursuit of excellence.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Each person should develop his or her character, integrity and thinking skills to the highest level possible and use that foundation to adapt to a dynamic world.

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

The education system needs to change because what students are being taught is becoming less relevant for employers. Education should provide 21st century skills, provide more value to students, be more personalized and made more affordable. Students should be offered choices as to which of the three learning environments are best for them. The options include traditional classroom, blended and online.

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