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. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 7228 and 7229.

  • BUSMHR 2210 - Personal Leadership and Team Effectiveness

    Effective management practices and how leadership practices lead to effective team and organizational performance.

  • 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 7220 - Personal Leadership Effectiveness

    The ability to successfully execute any project or assignment; attaining mastery in identifying, resolving problems, gaining mastery in causing results in any condition/circumstance. Prereq: MBA 6200 or 6202 (860). Not open to students with credit for 834.

  • BUSMHR 7260 - Organizational Behavior for Specialized Masters

    Introduction to topics in organizational behavior with a focus on applications for MBLE students. Prereq: Enrollment in MBLE, Specialized Masters in Logistics, or Specialized Masters in Marketing, or permission of instructor.

  • BUSMHR 7263 - Leadership for SMB Finance Students

    An overview of factors that influence individual work performance and techniques; analytical frameworks for determining effectiveness of given techniques in specific circumstances. Prereq: Enrollment in SMB Finance program, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for MBA 860.

  • 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.