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Dwight Gertz

  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty Co-Director Office of Experiential Learning
Academic Division: Management


Dwight Gertz teaches courses on strategy, leadership, and executive decision making in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs at Babson. He is particularly interested in the challenges of global management and cross cultural decision making. Immediately prior to joining the Babson faculty full time, he was a member of the Executive Management Team of Celerant Consulting, where he was President of Celerant Americas and was responsible for the firm's global human resources, leadership development, and executive education functions. His service at Celerant was the culmination of a career in management consulting in which he was a partner of Bain & Company, head of the Boston office of Mercer Management Consulting, and Chief Executive Officer of Symmetrix, inc. His 1995 book Grow to be Great: Breaking the Downsizing Cycle was published by Simon & Schuster and released in fourteen printings in six languages. In addition to working in the private sector, Professor Gertz served as an active and reserve officer in the United States Navy, where he retired with the rank of Captain.

Academic Degrees

  • MBA, Harvard University
  • BA, Yale University

Academic Interest / Expertise

Global Strategy

Awards & Honors

  • 2021 — President's Award For Excellence in Executive Education, Babson College


  • Degree Courses 2022

    • STR 7509 DECISIONS
    • MOB 7509 DECISIONS
  • Degree Courses 2021

    • MOB 7509 DECISIONS



  • Gertz, D.L. (1995). Grow to be Great: Breaking the Downsizing Cycle. Page: 224. Simon & Schuster .


  • Why Do Smart People Make Bad Decisions Gertz, D. Seminar Meeting of Vice Chancellor's Cabinet, Sewanee, TN (2021)
  • Case study class, "how to voice dissent in a hierarchy--Bay of Pigs Case" Gertz, D. Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis -- Wells Memorial Seminar, Online--three times (2020)
  • What Have We Learned From Fat Leonard? Gertz, D. Graduation Week Seminar--US Navy Supply Corps School, Three times, once Online, twice in person in Newport RI (2020)
  • lecture and discussion on Babson Decisions Course Major points Gertz, D. Distance Learning Class at Indiana University, Remote from Babson Campus (2019)
  • Entrepreneurship for Veterans Gertz, D. West Point Conference on the Civil Military Divide, West Point, NY (2017)
  • Challenges Facing US Intelligence Agencies Gertz, D. West Point Veterans Summit, West Point, NY (2016)

Department & College Wide Services

  • Faculty Co-Director Office of Experiential Learning (Spring 2016 - Fall 2020)
  • Task Force to Design Miami Based Blended MBA (Summer 2016 - Fall 2016)