Dr Ted Sun D.M.

Professor of Organizational Leadership – SMC University

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, Capella University, expected 2009
  • Doctor of Management, University of Phoenix
  • Master of Business Administration, Ohio State
  • B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering Cum Laude, Ohio State

A chief dream maker is a master at developing people and organizations around the world. While NBC called Dr. Sun a world-renowned motivational speaker, he does much more than motivation. He transforms people’s thought processes, with a rare foundation of two terminal degrees in Business and Psychology. In the last two years, leaders from 42 different countries felt the impact of Dr. Sun’s work. In past two years alone, he spoke to audiences in the thousands in Asia, worked with government leaders in Africa, guest spoke on major television media in the U.S. and Ghana, and leads multinational research involving hundreds of universities across the world. These interactions reshaped significant aspects of many people’s lives. As a result of such impacts, Dr. Sun is a respected author, a renowned consultant and a highly sought after educator and researcher around the world.

Dr Sun was born in Shanghai, China and moved to the U.S. at the age of ten. He attended Ohio State University where he graduated with honors with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He furthered his academic career with an MBA also from OSU. Professor Sun holds a Doctorate in Management in Organizational Leadership and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Professor Sun lives by the motto: Enabling systemic shifts in thought around the world and leading humanity towards evolution from within.

Academic Positions

  • Professor of Management/Vice Chancellor – SMC University
  • President – ACBSP Region 8 2015-2016
  • Adjunct Professor – City University, Seattle & Beijing
  • Adjunct Professor – Argosy University
  • Adjunct Professor – Southern New Hampshire University

Main Academic Interests

  • Change Management and Leadership
  • Cross Cultural Diversity and Human Capital Theories
  • Systems Thinking
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Organizational Learning
  • Performance Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sun, Ted, Survival Tactics, Praeger Publishers, July 2007
  • Sun, Ted, Inside the Chinese Business Mind: A Tactical Guide for Managers. Praeger Publishing Group, January 2010
  • Sun, T. (2015, Winter). TED Talk: Knowledge creation – capturing wisdom systemically. ACBSP Update.
  • Sun, T., Otoum, M., & Stetar, B. (2014). A global discovery of learner motivations: Building a foundation for systemic enhancements within higher education. 3rd International Conference on Business, Management and Governance, Conference proceedings.
  • Orotin, P., Quisenbery, W. & Sun, T. (2013). Reaching beyond existing demand: A Study on the influence of mobile phone money transfer on market development in Uganda. International Journal of Scientific Research, 2(8). pp. 249-258. ISSN No. 2277 – 8179.
  • Sun, T. (2012, March). Advising Upwards: 5 Steps to Being Heard. ExecSense
  • Sun, T. (2011, October). Understanding the Nature of Relationship Between Self-constructs and Leadership Behavior as a Function of Generation. Capella University Dissertations.
  • Sun, T. (2010, November). Leading effectively in higher education: Overcoming challenges in a new fiscal reality. ACBSP Region 8 Conference, Vienna, Austria.
  • Sun, T. (2010, September). Leadership over Management within Performance: Creating a systemic approach to learning. Int’l Conference on Advanced Management Perspectives in Asia. Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.
  • Sun, T. (2010, January). Inside the Chinese Business Mind: A Tactical Guide for Managers. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing Group. ISBN-13: 978-0313365195
  • Sun, T. (2009, October). From change management to change leadership: A strategic perspective of inspiration. International Academy of Management and Business 2009 Fall conference proceedings.
  • Sun, T. & Laghi, D. (2009, May). Operational excellence within continuous change: A shared services strategic perspective on becoming a systemic learning organization. Shared Services & Outsourcing Network (SSON).
  • Sun, T. (2008, May). Designing Diversity Training With Sustainable Results for Academia & Corporations. 14th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race and Learning, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Sun, T. (2007, October). Designing a Contextual System for Organizational Ethical Accountability. 7th Global Conference on Business & Economics, Rome, Italy.
  • Sun, T. (2007, July). Survival Tactics: Top 11 behaviors of successful entrepreneurs. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN-10: 0275994708
  • Sun, T. (2006, October). Leading Sustainable Change through Self-Discovery. United Nations Global Forum: Business as an Agent of World Benefit: Management Knowledge Leading Positive Change. Case Western Reserve University.
  • Sun, T. (2006, June 30). So you think you can lead? Understanding three myths about leadership. Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2006, March 17). Redefine what it means to learn with three-step plan. Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2006, February). 3 Steps to Managing Value-based Conflict: Understanding the Challenges of Intercultural Relationships. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, December). Your Abundance in 2006: 3 Ways to Create the Future of Your Choosing. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, November 25). Is there Organizational Cancer in your Company? Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2005, November). Dealing with Immigrant Stress: 5 ways to Avoid Rapid Aging. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, October). Redefining What It Means to Learn: Making Every Moment an Empowering Experience. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, September). 3 ways to Create Powerful Goals: Folding your future into the present. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, September 16). Judgment is the killer of success, in life and business. Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2005, August). Invented Judgment – the Killer of Success. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, July). The need to battle: Winning May Not Be What You Want. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, June). Your Success is in Knowledge Management. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, May). To Profit from Ethical Being. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, April). Are you Street Smart or Book Smart? What’s Better in Your Business? The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, April). Evaluate your work priorities, then reflect. Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2005, March). The Sustainable Source of Profits: Knowing Yourself. The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, February). Are Your Dreams an American Dream? The Immigrant Magazine.
  • Sun, T. (2005, January). 3 Reasons Why Most New Year Resolutions DON’T WORK… The Immigrant Magazine,
  • Sun, T. (2005). Monthly Column – Your Heart in Business, The Immigrant Magazine
  • Sun, T. (2004, December). Capturing innovations can bring success, Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2004, October). Logic vs. emotion: And the winner is?, Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2004, May). Knowledge required to achieve entrepreneurial success. Proquest Dissertations. ISBN: 0-496-83341-5.
  • Sun, T. (2004). Current trends of organizational cancer. Institute for Transformative Thought and Learning.
  • Sun, T. (2004). Factors of Entrepreneurial Success, International Journal on Business and Economics.
  • Sun, T. (2004). Minimizing stress by addressing conflicts, Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2003). Secretes of biz success, Business First-Columbus, Bizjournals.
  • Sun, T. (2003).Success in Chaos, Big Fish Networking.
  • Sun, T. (2003). The value of human beings, Big Fish Networking.
  • Sun, T. (2003). Reconstruct your organization’s culture, CPA Advocate.
  • Sun, T. (2003). Growing your business, Big Fish Networking.