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University of Colorado Denver Business School, offering Bachelor, MBA, MS, and PhD degrees

Business School, University of Colorado Denver

Kenneth Bettenhausen,  Associate Professor,  Director of MS Management


  • PhD Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Chamaign
  • BS Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Courses Taught

  • Managing Individuals and Teams, BUSN6520
  • Organization Design, MGMT4370
  • Bargaining and Negotiation, MGMT6804

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational behavior
  • Group dynamics and norm formation
  • Organization design

Teaching Philosophy

Three personal values underlie my approach to teaching:

  • Students deserve to be challenged
  • Students deserve to be respected
  • Students deserve my very best effort--always

I approach each class with enthusiasm. I respect my students as individuals and believe in their ability to produce high quality work. I work to establish and maintain a supportive learning environment where students feel free to make course material personally relevant by questioning, doubting and challenging what they read or hear said. I also try to challenge my students. I have high expectations. I feel CU-Denver students deserve courses that are rigorous and demanding .

While my pedagogical approach varies depending on what I am teaching and the type of students in the class, I approach each class with four basic objectives in mind:

  • To expose students to the most current academic and practitioner thinking while helping them understand and see the value of the field's established theoretical truths
  • To develop students' critical reasoning skills
  • To help students recognize the complexity of managerial issues
  • To have students use what they are learning to address real problems

Professional History

Academic Experience:

  • Director of MS in Management and Oraganization, 2007-present
  • Associate Dean, Academic Programs, University of Colorado at Denver, 1999-2007
  • Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Denver, 1998-present
  • Associate Professor (visiting appointment), London Business School, 1999
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver, 1991-98
  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, 1986-91

Selected Publications


  • "Perceptions of Positive Politics and Their Impact on organizational Outcomes," Journal of Applied Social Psychology, In press. (with D.B. Fedor, Mo Maslyn and S Farmer)
  • "Clarifying the Attributes of Organizational Crises," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2001 (with S. Kovoor-Misra)
  • "Peer Reviews: Employees' Dual Roles as Raters and Recipients," Group and Organization Management, 1999 (with D. B. Fedor and W. Davis)
  • "Peer and Upward Appraisals: A Comparison of Their Benefits and Problems," Group and Organization Management, (with D. B. Fedor)
  • "The Motivational Impact of Executive Compensation Systems in Problems of Corporate Control: An Experimental Analysis," Group and Organization Management, 1992 (with R. D. Kosnik)
  • "Five Years of Groups Research: What We've Learned and What Needs to Be Addressed," Journal of Management, 1991
  • "The Development of an Intragroup Norm and the Effects of Interpersonal and Structural Challenges." Administrative Science Quarterly, 1991 (with J. K. Murnighan)
  • "Understanding Prosocial Behavior, Sales Performance, and Turnover: A Group Level Analysis in a Service Context," Journal of Applied Psychology, 1991 (with J. M. George)
  • "The Impact of Purpose, Participant Preconceptions and Self-Serving Bias in the Acceptance of Peer Evaluations," Group and Organization Studies, 1989 (with D. B. Fedor)
  • "The Emergence of Norms in Competitive Decision-Making Groups," Administrative Science Quarterly, 1985 (with J. K. Murnighan)

Selected Consulting Experience

  • US West
  • Neodata
  • USDA
  • University of Colorado Executive Programs

Achievements and Honors

  • Listing in Who's Who in the Management Sciences, 2000
  • Outstanding Service Award, Business School at the University of Colorado at Denver, 1997
  • Listing in Who's Who Among America's Teachers: The Best Teachers in America Selected by the Best Students, 1996
  • Best Paper Award, Organization Communication Division, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 1989

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Member: Academy of Management
  • Representative-at-Large: Organization and Management Theory Division, Academy of Management, 1993-95
  • Editorial Board: Journal of Management, 1991-99; Academy of Management Review, 1993-97; Academy of Management Journal, 1997-2002
  • Reviewer: Various journals

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