Charles Buchanan joined the Fisher College of Business as a Senior Lecturer in 2016. He earned his Master of Business Administrative degree through the FCOB Executive MBA program. He also has a B.S. degree in Psychology from Heidelberg University. Prior to working at FCOB he served 15 years in the military. While in the military he deployed three times, once each to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. He also completed the U.S. Army’s Ranger School, Command and General Staff College, and various other career courses. He specialized in training and operations where he managed complex training and leadership development programs. He continues to serve with the Ohio Army National Guard.

His primary expertise is leadership and teaches various leadership and teamwork courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. He is actively pursuing ways to improve leadership development through experiential activities with a focus on the use of simulations. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership

  • Leadership Development

  • Organizational Development

  • Teamwork


  • Master Business Administration (MBA) from OSU (2016)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Heidelberg University (2003)


  • BUSMHR 7234 - Developing Leaders and Coaches Through Practical Exercises

    The course starts with basic leadership and coaching principles and ends with complex practical exercises challenging students to become better leaders. The course progresses, allowing the student to build upon the lessons learned through the course. The program incorporates planning, preparation, practical exercises, case studies, coaching and assessment to train and develop future leaders.

  • BUSMHR 3200 - Managing Individuals in Organizations: Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

    Principles for managing the performance of individuals and groups in organizations; introduction to organizational behavior theory and its application to staffing, training, compensation, and appraisal. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200) and 2002.01 (201), or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 3100 (400) or 701. Not open to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp or PreBSBA-PR.

  • BUSMHR 3211 - Leadership and Character

    Issues of leadership as related to value-based decision making, character, and personal integrity.

  • BUSMHR 4235 - Developing Leaders through Practical Exercises

    This course is taught in a layered effect starting with basic leadership principles and ends with complex practical exercises challenging students to become better leaders. The leader development program incorporates leadership principles, practical exercises, case studies, and assessment to train and develop future leaders. Prereq: English 1110.01 or equiv.

  • BUSMHR 7306 - Understanding Teams & Leadership for Human Resource Managers

    A focus on the manager's role in dealing with individuals and work teams. Other topics include: work design, communications, leadership and motivation. Prereq: Enrollment in MHRM program.

  • BUSMGT 7266 - MBOE Leading Operations

    The explicit link between problem solving and lean activities such as policy management, standardized work, visual management, human resources management and "go see" (gemba) activities are explained. Prereq: Enrollment in MBOE. Not open to students with credit for 844.

  • BUSMHR 7270 - Leadership and Organizations

    This course covers the role of leadership in management and the use of power and influence to motivate individuals and effect organizational change. It provides students with the opportunity to develop personalized leadership development plans based on current literature, case study, and behavioral assessments. Prereq: Enrollment in SMB-Analytics program, or permission of instructor.