Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership


Joel Adler
Anthony Cosenza
Robbin Durie
Steven F. Freeman
Tom Guggino
Syd Havely
Larry Hirschhorn
Matt Minahan
John Pourdehnad
Joe Sweeney
Les Sztandera
Dominick Volini

Joel Adler

Joel is a Doctoral Research Mentor specializing in project and program leadership. Research Mentors enrich the doctoral program by augmenting course work and by partnering external partners with doctoral students and faculty in projects and programs relevant to the professional workplace and strategic leadership education.

Joel is founder and president of University Informatics Associates, Inc. (UIA) which provides IT strategy consulting services and develops custom decision support systems for a variety of industries. His corporate experience included being Product Development Manager at Unisys, Information Systems Consulting Manager at Coopers and Lybrand and Director of Planning and Technology at CertainTeed Corporation/Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA. He holds patents in optimization and forecasting methods as well as program management.

Prior to joining Philadelphia University, he was Assistant to the Dean for Computing and Educational Technology and Associate Director of Professional Programs in the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science. He had also launched and led the Project and Program Management concentration in the Organizational Dynamics program in the School of Arts and Sciences. Early in his career he conducted research in high energy physics at Penn, the College de France, and he was a research professor in the College of Information Studies at Drexel University.

Joel holds three graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania: a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Wharton School, M.S. in Computer Science, and an M.S. in Physics.  

Anthony Cosenza

Tony is civilian Co-director of Logistic Operations at the US Department of Defense Supply Center where he is responsible for material support to worldwide military missions and operations.

His early professional experience began as an inventory manager, internal review auditor, data base integrity chief, and staff analyst. By 2000, his responsibilities had greatly expanded as the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Deputy Director of Construction and Equipment Customer Operations with oversight for servicing more than 26,000 customers with over 386,000 individual products and 1.5 million orders per year with approximately $3 Billion in sales. For a six-year period, he managed the customer support for worldwide military feeding, a complex program that had annual sales in excess of $9B. He has been responsible for material support programs in Iraq and Afghanistan, Iraqi/Syrian Special Operations, the NATO mission in response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, and humanitarian missions in Haiti, Chile, Hurricane Sandy, and IRAQ/Syrian refugee support.

Tony has taught professional education at Philadelphia University for 5 years. His courses have included business management, business ethics, intercultural communication, and leadership in Homeland Security.

He earned his BA in Liberal Arts from Temple University, MBA in Management from Drexel University, MS in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University/National War College, and PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.

Robbin Durie

Robbin is Director of the Medical Electronic Catalog Program at the US Department of Defense Supply Agency. She is responsible for development and oversight of process integration strategies, system interfaces, and contract agreements for public sector commercialization of Medical Capital Equipment maintenance, logistics and support.

Previous military-based professional work has included Total Quality Management Analyst for which she won the Woman of the Year award; and Business Process Re-Engineering Specialist for which she won Defense Logistics Agency Bronze Medal for Excellence in the Public Sector. Robbin has also won the Department of Defense Hammer Award, and the Senior Executive Fellowship for advanced study at Harvard University.

Since 1993 at Philadelphia University, Robbin has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in business policy and strategy, leadership theory, macroeconomics, finance, and project team management. In 2010/2011 she earned the Professor of the Year award.

Robbin earned her B.S. in Finance and B.S. in French, with brief study at the Sorbonne, from Wilkes University; a Certificate in Purchasing Management from the Pennsylvania State University; an MBA in Management from Philadelphia University; a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University; and a Certificate from the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Steven F. Freeman

Steve is a scholar, educator, entrepreneur and organizational advisor with expertise in applied research survey methods and in crisis preparedness, resiliency and opportunity development.

Steve has worked on consulting projects with Russell Ackoff at the University of Pennsylvania and at Interact Consulting, and with Peter Senge at the MIT Organizational Learning Center.  Since 1993, Steve has been a principal at Applied Research, a consultancy that focuses on applying the world’s knowledge to organizational challenges.  Applying tools of knowledge acquisition and by searching through multiple sources and databases he discovers fresh solutions which enable clients to build capabilities for themselves.

Steve has held academic appointments as professor at INCAE Business School, and as visiting professor at the Universidad de San Andreas and at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  Since 2002, he has been faculty/researcher/scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Organizational Dynamics program. 

His research is broad and includes Innovation, Resiliency, Employee Ownership, for which he was awarded the Louis O. Kelso Fellowship for the study of broader ownership of capital, and Election Integrity.  The latter resulted in the book, Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count (New York:Seven Stories Press 2006), for which he received a Project Censored award for most important  research of 2006. He has received awards for the Best Teaching Case, Best Practice Paper, and Best Overall Paper from the Academy of Management.

His applied scholarship has appeared in major newspapers, magazines and journals throughout the Americas. He has been asked to provide expert testimony before the United States Congress and invited to lecture or speak at scores of universities, organizations, and academic conferences. Two of his papers are among the most downloaded in the history of the University of Pennsylvania Scholarly Commons Digital Library.

Steve earned his MS in Systems Science at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and PhD in Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Tom Guggino

Tom is a strategic communication specialist and coach with more than 25 years' experience developing and designing communication solutions, and helping clients improve their communications skills both internally and externally. Tom created the Presentation Process that focuses on individual personality and style, and uses a self-critique and self-evaluation method to create immediate awareness, feedback, application and modification of one’s content and style when communicating and making presentations to individuals and groups. His presentation coaching enables creation of messages that are clear, impactful, and which support and enhance strategic efforts in professional development, executive coaching, presentation coaching, and group facilitation. 

Tom began his career as a comedy writer/performer for broadcast TV. His credits from the West Coast include CBS Television and a variety of major clubs and syndicated TV shows. He has also been a producer/writer/director where he has created over 400 TV spots and won a CLIO, among other awards. He has worked with KFC, Disney, CBS and Universal Studios.

His academic credentials include a degree in Sociology and graduate course work in Education. He has taught in the University of Pennsylvania graduate program of Organizational Dynamics and has been a guest lecturer at LaSalle University Master’s program in Communications.

Syd Havely

Syd HavelyDoctoral Research Mentor Syd Havely has been practicing public relations and issues management for over 25 years in corporate public relations and as a consultant specializing in crisis communications and toxic tort litigation communications in the chemical industry.  He prepares and coaches executives for high-consequence media interviews and public meetings where corporate reputation is at risk; and advises companies such as FMC Corporation on communicating about health-based risk events and craft community intervention processes where multi-stakeholder, charette-protocol conversations are used.

Syd in currently working with Dr. Stephen Spinelli, Philadelphia University President, on a book about the PhilaU/Jefferson integration.  He previously did niche marketing strategies and communications for Subaru of America which resulted in the book, Getting Traction—The Subaru Story and the Entrepreneurial Mindset co-authored with Subaru CEO Harvey Lamm.  He was also Director of European Communications and Global Issues Management for Rohm & Haas (now Dow Chemical Corporation) which resulted in the book, Eight Dollars and a Dream—My American Journey co-authored with Rohm & Haas CEO, Raj Gupta.  

Syd earned a B.A. in History from Hamilton College, an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics and a Ph.D. in Education and Risk Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to his Doctoral appointment at PhilaU, he holds an Affiliated Faculty appointment to teach social media and its applications at University of Pennsylvania, and he is an associate consultant at Systems Wisdom.

Larry Hirschhorn

Larry Hirschhorn is a recognized expert on the application of psychodynamics to individuals and organizations. He is a founder, owner and principal at the Center for Applied Research (CFAR), a private management consulting company with offices in Philadelphia and Boston. CFAR specializes in organizational development, strategy, change implementation, collaboration, and leadership transition.

Larry’s expertise is in helping clients who face the challenges of strategy formulation and strategy execution, and toward these outcomes he has helped to develop many strategic methods and tools. Educated as an economist, his approach focuses on the links between a client's business system, and the system of human relationships within the organization, blending business analytics with social science insights to help leaders of complex organizations improve performance and productivity. Also educated in psychodynamics, he is particularly interested in unconscious motivation as it affects work and group dynamics.

Among Larry’s scholarly achievements he has won the Eliot Jaques award from the Society of Consulting Psychology, is a participant in the annual Oxford Scenarios Program at the Said Business School, Oxford University, has given the Richard Normann Lecture at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, and is a founding member and former president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. He is the author of four books, many articles, and writes a blog, Learning from Experience ( His faculty positions have included at Fielding Graduate University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Larry earned a BA in economics from Brandeis University and PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Matt Minahan

Matt is a scholar-practitioner primarily working in the domain of organization development and change, and specializing in strategy, structure, leadership development, and communications.  

Matt is a member and Board Member of the National Training Laboratory (NTL); member and Board Member of the Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network; and a member and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the national OD Network. He has been teaching OD for 20 years and holds appointments on the adjunct faculties of the Carey Business School at the Johns Hopkins University and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. 

As a scholar, Matt has contributed to the NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change; received the Outstanding Article award from the journal, OD Practitioner several times and was co-editor and contributor to the 2012 book, Handbook for Strategic HR, Best Practices in Organization Development, published by the OD Network.

Matt’s consulting clients are in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.  He primarily works with leaders who are planning and implementing enterprise-wide change programs, including business strategy, values, mission, business process simplification, planning systems, new structures, communications, management practices, business process re-engineering, and monitoring and evaluation systems.

He earned an Ed.D. in Executive Leadership and Organization Development from The George Washington University.  

John Pourdehnad

John is an educator/consultant in the field of strategic management and change, using systems thinking as a worldview and design thinking as a methodology to solve complex interactive problems.

For nearly three decades as an associate of the late Russell L. Ackoff, he worked as a consultant in a broad range of industries including aerospace, chemicals, computer equipment, data services and software, electronics, energy, food and beverages, healthcare, hospitality, industrial equipment, automotive, insurance, metals, mining, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, utilities, and transportation.  Since 2000 he has been Associate Director of the Ackoff Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches (A-CASA) which is a part of the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. 

John is a member of the editorial board of the journal, Systems Research and Behavioral Science; a member of the Council on the International Competitiveness Development Program at the National Research Tomsk State University in the Russian Federation; Fellow of the Da Vinci Institute for Technology and Management in South Africa; and following his contributions in 2008 as a Fulbright Scholar, an honorary member of the Society for Organizational Excellence in Bulgaria. 

John earned a B.S. in Mechanical and Production Engineering from Brunel University London, Uxbridge, West London, England, and a Ph.D. in Social Systems Sciences from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joe Sweeney

Joe Sweeney PhotoJoe Sweeney is a consultant, educator, innovator, fund-raiser, and entrepreneur.

In addition to teaching courses in Applied Research Methods in the Strategic Leadership doctoral program, he is president of Sweeney Consulting LLC which helps clients with opportunities and problems of practice at the intersection of education, leadership, and innovation. His consulting services include project management, executive leadership, community engagement, curriculum development, custom software, and data analysis. He is also on the Advisory Board of which partners with schools, organizations and programs to help youth make better life decisions, and helps educators by providing the educational materials and training to deliver this programming.

Joe has had a 20+ year career in startups, software development, project management, and he was Business Manager for an E-Pharmaceutical company. He also has deep experience in education and education administration. He was previously Head of Upper School and Associate Head of School at the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy; Director of Innovation and Chair of the Mathematics Department at the Haverford School; and Chair of the Mathematics Department at the Malvern Preparatory School.

Joe earned a BA in Liberal Arts and Physics, and a Masters of Mathematics from Villanova University; a Masters in Economics at Temple University; and a Doctorate in Educational and Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Les Sztandera

Les is Professor of Computer Information Systems in Philadelphia University’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce where in the Innovation MBA program he teaches technical competitive intelligence, new product development, marketing research, and entrepreneurship.

As a researcher, his interests include technology and innovation management, knowledge management, computational intelligence, and neuroscience. His research funding sponsors have included the US Department of Defense, US Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, State Supercomputer Centers, and American Heart Association.

As a practitioner, Les has been involved in multidisciplinary projects associated with the emerging needs of industry to develop managers, industrial designers, and engineers into more accomplished practitioners in the global product development processes. His 2014 book, Computational Intelligence in Business Analytics – Concepts, Methods, and Tools for Big Data Applications, addresses the application of enabling smart technologies to make better leadership decisions, and to improve organizational performance. His project courses address the complex and integrative requirements of practitioners.

Les earned a Certificate from University of Cambridge, MS from University of Missouri, and PhD from University of Toledo. He has held appointments in the US Fulbright Scholars program and was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the School of Business and Economics (ISEG) in Lisbon, Portugal where he taught in their MBA and Ph.D. programs.

Dominick Volini

Dominick is a leadership coach and executive organizational consultant with more than 25 years of experience working with senior leaders in the global business community. His approach is informed by business strategy, business results, the organization’s stakeholders and whole systems thinking.  His clients are executive leaders operating in the US, throughout Europe, as well as in India, Australia, Singapore, Brazil, UAE and Mexico.

In 2014, he established DAVPHD a consultancy providing executive coaching, high performance teamwork and organizational improvement.  His previous professional work included Executive Vice President (EVP) of Consulting, Healthy Companies International; EVP of Consulting, BlessingWhite; EVP of Coaching, Right Management; and Managing Principal, Block Petrella Weisbord. 

Dominick is a registered Psychologist in New York State, a member of the American Psychological Association and the New Jersey Organization Development Network. He has held appointments as Affiliated Faculty, Organizational Dynamics graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a long-term Invited Lecturer in Leadership in the Fordham University MBA program.

Dominick earned three degrees in psychology: BA from UCLA, MA from the New School, and PhD in the APA-approved clinical psychology program at the University of Windsor.

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