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Dr. Michael J. Hennelly

Assistant Professor, Course Director, Management Studies

Phone: 845.938.5001
My career and professional experience falls into three categories. The first category is military. I spent 21 years in the Army. I was commissioned as a second lieutenant of field artillery and my secondary specialty was as a foreign area officer. My family and I spent four years in Germany where, among other things, I spent two years as a battery commander of an M109A1 firing battery in the 8th Infantry Division.. Later, we spent three years (1986-1989) in Central America where I was assigned as a political-military analyst in J5, U.S. Southern Command. I traveled extensively throughout Central America working with the U.S. Embassies and U.S. Army Military Groups in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. In the course of my Army career, I attended Ranger School, the Foreign Area Officer course and the Army Command and General Staff College where I qualified as an Army strategist. I retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1994 after spending five years teaching in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy.

After retirement, I began the corporate phase of my career. My family and I moved to northwest Arkansas as I began work at the corporate headquarters of Wal-Mart, Inc in Bentonville. I was hired to set up and manage a variety of logistics capabilities for the company. I stayed with Wal-Mart for five years and spent most of my time in charge of the distribution logistics, merchandise logistics and import logistics teams of the Sam’s Club division of Wal-Mart. While I was there, the Sam’s Club division had annual sales of approximately $35 billion.

In 2001, I entered the doctoral program in the Department of Management at the University of Arkansas. While working on my doctorate, I taught undergraduate and MBA courses in strategic management for four years and was a frequent lecturer in the University’s executive education program. I received my Ph.D in strategic management in 2006. From 2006 to 2007, I was the visiting professor of strategic management at the University of Tulsa. In the fall of 2007, I began teaching at the United States Military Academy in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. I am currently the program director for the Leadership and Management Studies Program.

My academic interests include the cross-disciplinary nature of strategy, strategic decision-making, strategic leadership and corporate governance.

Introduction to Management
Strategic Management
Leading Organizations Through Change