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Donald Daake

School of Professional Studies


Ph.D., 1995, Florida State University
B.A., Kansas State University
B.A., Kansas State University

Dr. Daake joined the Olivet faculty as a professor of business in 1995. He teaches strategic management, marketing research, advertising, MIS, global marketing, computer applications for business and entrepreneurship.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, in 2001, he was named as the first director of the Donald H. Weber Entrepreneurship and Leadership Center. In 2003, he spent seven weeks teaching in the International Business Institute and was in 10 European countries.

He is not new to the field of education, having spent more than 15 years of his career developing, designing and marketing continuing education programs. He served six years as an assistant director of community education at Eastern Iowa Community College District where he was in charge of developing programs for a wide spectrum of organizations including banking, real estate, insurance and manufacturing. Under his leadership EICCD developed one of the largest continuing education computer training programming among community colleges in the United States.

From 1986 to 1989, Dr. Daake was director of business and industry programming at Florida State University's Center for Professional Development where he worked with business and government associations and non-profits to develop their training programs.

He has numerous publications in the areas of strategy, organizational theory and health care including a summer 2000 Health Care Management Review article, "Understanding Stakeholder Power and Influence Gaps in a Health Care Organization: An Empirical Study," and a 2004 article in the Journal of Managerial Issues, "Formal Data Use in Strategic Planning: An Organizational Field Experiment." He is also a regular columnist in the the Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.).

Dr. Daake has served as vice-chairman of the Kankakee Chapter of SCORE, and on the board of directors for the Kankakee River Valley Chamber of Commerce. He makes regular presentations to community groups including Rotary Club, Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce organizations. He has served on the national Christian Business Faculty Association Board and was chairman from 2001 to 2002.

He has done consulting with a variety of clients in the areas of marketing research and strategic planning including: Winnebago Industries, Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee Regional Medical Center, Kankakee Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Council of Orchestras, Rohm & Hass & Cognis, Bourbonnais Park District and Bourbonnais Elementary School District 53.




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