John Goldberg, MBA, BA

(916) 444-3353



I teach Business and Management because I enjoy seeing students work together to wrestle with ideas and experiment with how to incorporate them in their lives. My goal for students is that they not only understand material intellectually but internalize it through experience, reflection, conceptualization and experimentation based on that experience. My teaching philosophy partly comes from the doctoral course in Organizational Behavior I took from my professor, David Kolb, in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. I arrange for students to have interactive experiences related to the material, encourage them to reflect on that experience, engage them in group conversation or writing activities based on that reflection then have them experiment with their reflection and conceptualization as a basis for further learning. Drawing on the students’ experience enables a diverse class of students to see the real-world relevance of the material. My objective is for students to grow personally and professionally, become lifelong learners and contribute to our society.

I see my role as a facilitator of learning, rather than someone who talks at students. I use short lectures and PowerPoint presentations to set up experiential activities thereby meeting diverse learning styles and increasing retention. These activities can be individual, in pairs or in teams. The latter enables them to collaborate and solve problems together, which helps them grow as team members and leaders. I also use examples and stories from my extensive experience in business and other organizations to illustrate important points such as leadership, communication and teamwork. I measure student learning in a variety of ways. Students are graded on a broad range of activities including participation in class, oral presentation and writing assignments. Students also take quizzes based on course reading materials. In this way I enable students with different speaking, writing and test-taking abilities to do well in the areas where they excel.


Top ranked MBA

Fortune 500 manager

Over ten years of higher education teaching experience

Certification and experience teaching online

Experience teaching in private and public colleges and universities

Experience teaching from first-year seminars to a capstone MBA course

Lived and worked abroad for seven years

Fluent in English and Spanish

American and Costa Rican citizenship


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Sacramento City College 2017 – Present

Lecturer, University of California, Davis Grad School of Management 2015 – Present

Training Officer, State of California 2008 – 2019

Associate Faculty, University of Phoenix 2009 – 2017

University of California, Davis Continuing and Professional Education 2011 – 2013

Organizational Development Specialist, City of Sacramento 2004 – 2008

Manager, Organization Development, Chiquita Brands International 1996 – 2004

Research Associate, Minority Affairs Office, Cleveland State University 1994 – 1996

Adjunct Instructor, Case Western Reserve University 1992 – 1993


MBA, Organizational Behavior 1996

Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, OH

Weatherhead Enrichment Scholar

First Year of MBA Program 1995

Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Member, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society

BA, Social Science/Psychology 1971

California State University, Sacramento, CA

Advanced as Candidate for Master of Arts in Social Science

Dean’s Honor List

AA, Social Sciences 1969

Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA

Class President

Student Body Vice President

Student Member of Faculty Senate


Teaching Online Certificate, University of California, San Diego Extension

Online Teaching and Learning Academy, Sacramento City College

Facilitator and Instructor, 21st Century Skills, New World of Work

Facilitator, Development Dimensions International

Facilitator, FranklinCovey: Leading at the Speed of Trust

Facilitator, FranklinCovey: The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

Facilitator, FranklinCovey: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Leadership, City University, City of Sacramento

SA 8000 Auditors Course, Social Accountability International

Standard Designated Teaching Credential – Adult Education, State of California

Strategic Planning, Center for Corporate Citizenship

Supervisor and Manager Required Training, City University, City of Sacramento

Tools for Tolerance for Professionals, Museum of Tolerance

Train-the-Trainer, Sacramento State – College of Continuing Education


Graduate courses taken (partial list):

Advanced Seminar on Organizational Change

Behavioral Science

Conflict Management/Dispute Resolution

Consulting/Management of Professional Service Firms

Developing Executive Leadership

Dynamics of Change

Executive Dialogues

Learning and Development

Management and Organizational Analysis

Management Assessment and Development

Management of Work: Sociotechnical Systems

Management Policy

Managing in a Global Economy

Operations Management

Organizational Analysis

Practicum in Intervention Skills

Seminar in Teaching Anthropology

Survey of Industrial Relations

Technology and Society: Progress and Problems

Urban Life and Problems

Undergraduate courses taken (partial list):

Communication Behavior in Small Groups

Descriptive Introduction to Psychology

Group Psychotherapy

Human Relations and Communication

Interpersonal Development

Introduction to Biological Psychology

Introduction to General Processes (Psych)

Social Psychology


Case Western Reserve University:

Applied Social Sciences Field Education 1992 – 1993

Course Description: Field education is an integral component of our degree curriculum at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Students in the Cleveland area and across the country collaborate with a wide range of community-based organizations and practice settings to complete

field education requirements while simultaneously completing degree coursework.

Sacramento City College:

Business Law, BUS 340 2020

Course Description: This course introduces the fundamental legal principles pertaining to business transactions. Topics covered include the legal process, dispute resolution, and federal and state court systems, including a comprehensive study of contracts under the common law and the Uniform Commercial Code. The course emphasizes business ethics, corporate social responsibility, tort law, constitutional law, agency, business crimes, sales transactions, legal structures of business, and criminal law as applied in a business setting.

Introduction to Business , BUS 300 2018 – Present

Course Description: Introduction to Business is a survey business course providing a multidisciplinary examination of how culture, society, human behavior, and economic systems interact with legal, international, political, and financial institutions to affect business policy and practices within the U.S. and the global marketplace. Students will evaluate how these influences impact the primary areas of business including: organizational structure and design; leadership, human resource management, and organized labor practices; marketing; organizational communication; technology; entrepreneurship; legal, accounting, and financial practices; the stock and securities markets; and, therefore, affect a business’ ability to achieve its organizational goals

Business Communications, BUS 310 2019

Course Description: This course applies the theory and principles of ethical and effective written and oral communication to the creation of letters, memos, emails, and written and oral reports for a variety of business situations. The course emphasizes planning, organizing, composing, and revising business documents and creating and delivering professional-level reports using word processing and presentation software.

Analytical skills are used to plan, organize, compose, critique, and revise letters, memos, emails, and reports. Message components, which include organization, content, style, tone, grammar, format, and appearance, are critically analyzed. A formal analytical research paper is created and its results are presented. This course is designed for students who already have college-level writing skills.

Decision Making & Problem Solving in the Workplace, BUS 268 2018

Course Description: This course introduces the role and importance of effective decision making and problem solving in providing exceptional customer service. Emphasis is placed on recognized techniques for solving problems, common traps to avoid when making decisions, and tools for generating creative solutions. The goal is to provide practical, hands-on skills to non-management level personnel.

University of California, Berkeley Extension

Talent Management and Workforce Development, BUS ADM X493.9 2015

Course Description: Talent management has evolved beyond the hiring and firing of employees, and now covers all elements of human capital strategy, from employee selection, retention, performance management and compensation to succession planning, diversity and more. In this course, intended for professionals who manage talent across a broad spectrum of organizations, you survey the core elements of talent management and learn how to develop and implement effective talent management systems within your organization.

University of California, Davis:

Technology Management, MGT 150 2015 – Present

University of Phoenix:

Business Communications and Critical Thinking , BCOM 275 2012 – 2014

Course Description: This course introduces students to the foundations of communication in a business setting. Students will develop skills in critical thinking and decision making through the forms of written communication, including memos, emails, business letters, and reports. Other topics include communication ethics and cross-cultural communications, personal communication styles, solving organizational problems, and the evaluation of an organization’s strategic direction.

Management Theory and Practice, MGT 230 2013

Course Description: This course explores the rich field of management in theory and practice, and as both a science and an art. Students learn to apply management concepts to current workplace issues. Other topics include increasing competitive forces, expectations for successful performance of employees and organizations, and achieving desired business goals.

Management, MGT 521 2012 – 2013

Course Description: This course applies the tools available to University of Phoenix graduate students and the competencies of successful managers to understand the functions of business. Students develop an increased awareness of their own perceptions and values in order to manage and communicate with others more effectively. Other topics include MBA program goals, argument construction, decision making, collaboration, and academic research.

Organizational Development, MGT 311 2012 – 2013

Course Description: This organizational behavior course encompasses the study of individual and group behavior in organizational settings. Students will learn to examine their role in an organization. Other topics include strategic elements of organizational behavior, workforce diversity, managing change, effective communication, and performance systems.

Organizational Leadership, LDR 531 2011 – 2013

Course Description: This course prepares students to apply leadership principles to the roles they play as managers. Students will discover more about themselves and will learn more about the connection between the individual and the organization. Other topics include organizational culture, structure, group behavior, motivation, power, politics, organizational change, and workplace conflict.

Innovation, Design, and Creativity for a Competitive Advantage, OI 361 2012

Course Description: This course will provide students with a solid foundation in innovation, design, and creativity. Additionally, students will be prepared to apply relevant principles, tools, and techniques to promote and sustain organizational innovation for competitive advantage.

Strategic Planning and Implementation, 2012

Course Description: This capstone course integrates concepts from all prior courses in the program. Students apply the concepts of strategic planning and implementation to create sustainable, competitive advantage for an organization. Other topics include environmental scanning, strategic analysis, corporate social responsibility, implementation and evaluation, and risk management.

Global Business Strategies, MGT 448 2011 –


Course Description: The manager’s perspective in the fields of international payments, international trade, and investment are analyzed. Emphasis is given to the materials and concepts that illuminate the strategies, structure, practices, and effects of multinational enterprises.

Organizational Negotiations, MGT 445 2011 – 2012

Course Description: This course provides an overview of negotiations in an organizational setting. Students learn negotiation processes and strategies, the role of stakeholder interests in negotiation, and how to apply these concepts to the workplace. Students also examine conflict management techniques and emerging negotiation trends in globalization and technology.

Critical Thinking: Strategies in Decision Making, MGT 350 2011

Course Description: This course provides students opportunities for analysis, synthesis, prescription, and application of critical thinking and decision making within the organization. Emphasis is placed on preparing managers who can deal clearly, rationally, and creatively with a diverse workforce and dynamic workplace. This course equips students with concrete skills in critical thinking and decision making that will allow them to identify and solve organizational problems, as well as provide strategic direction.

Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics, MGT 307 2011

Course Description: This course in organizational behavior encompasses the study of individual and group behavior in organizational settings. Emphasis is placed on strategic elements of organizational behavior, workforce diversity, managing change, effective communication, and performance systems. A comprehensive review of these processes, as well as others, will allow students to examine their role in organizations.

Organizational Behavior and Ethical Responsibility, MGT 344 2009

Course Description: This course in organizational behavior encompasses the study of individual and group behavior in organizational settings and explores the ethical issues to which employees are exposed. Contemporary issues in organizational behavior challenge individuals to recognize ethical dilemmas and resolve them through active deliberation and sound decision-making. A comprehensive review of organizational behavior and ethics will allow students to examine their roles and responsibilities within organizations of the new millennium.

Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility, MGT 216 2009

Course Description: This course provides a foundational perspective for socially responsible management practices in business. Special emphasis is placed on the inter-related nature of ethics, moral, legal, and social issues in managing individuals, groups, and the organization within a business environment.


Workshops taught in the workplace:

Chiquita Brands International:

Community Relations

Corporate Social Responsibility


City of Sacramento:

Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

How to Work Effectively with Your Boss

Preventing Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

State of California:

21st Century Skills


Analysis/Solution Mindset



Digital Fluency


Entrepreneurial Mindset



Social/Diversity Awareness

Career Development

Analytical Skills

Career Exploration and Planning

Creative Problem Solving

Critical Thinking

Developing Career Resilience

Interviewee Techniques

Problem Solving and Decision Making

Process Improvement

Resume Writing

Taking Initiative


Appreciating Diversity

Business Writing

Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills

Customer Service

Dealing with Difficult People

Effective Communication

Effective Listening

Interpersonal Skills

Presentation Skills with Visuals

Sexual Harassment Prevention

Technical Writing


Leadership, Management & Supervision

Change Management

Coaching Skills

On-the-Job Training

Effective Meetings

Leading at the Speed of Trust

Motivating Employees

Performance Management

Project Management

Succession Planning

Personal Development

5 Choices of Extraordinary Productivity

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Emotional Intelligence

Learning to Learn

Personal Effectiveness

Stress Management

Time Management


Business Plan Pitch, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy 2020

Discussing Online Learning and Collaborative Education, UC Davis 2020

Little Bang! Poster Competition, UC Davis 2020

Business Plan Pitch, 1 Million Cups, Sacramento, CA 2019

Global Affairs Faculty Panel – Integrating Global Learning in the Classroom, UC Davis 2019

Fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence, California Network of Learning Professionals 2017

Giving and Receiving Feedback, Center for Leadership Learning 2017

Changes in Education, Project Management Institute, Sacramento Valley Chapter 2016

Career Planning, Economics and Business Student Association 2016

Emotional Intelligence, Center for Innovation of Leaders 2015

Seven Compelling Leadership Traits, Association for Talent Development 2013

Motivating the Unmotivated, University of Phoenix 2013

Corporate Social Responsibility and Core Values, Sacramento State University 2012

Delivering and Facilitating Training Programs, Association for Talent Development 2012

How to Develop Effective Community Relations, Ethical Corporation 2003

Calculating the Basic Needs Wage, Business for Social Responsibility 2000

Education, Forum on Business and Social Responsibility in the Americas 1999


Active Learning in the Classroom, University of California, Davis 2013

Constructive Conflict Resolution, California Department of Human Resources 2011

Leading Effective Teams, California Department of Human Resources 2011


California Network of Learning Professionals 2013-2014

Chiquita Relief Fund 2000-2003

Adoption Network Cleveland 1991-1993

American Adoption Congress 1989-1991

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte 1969-1970

Sacramento City College Faculty Senate 1968-1969

Sacramento City College Student Associated Council 1967-1968


Dupre, John and Goldberg, John. “Seven Leadership Traits Not Normally Mentioned” The Thiagi Group, 2017.

Goldberg, John, (2012). The Graham Cracker Challenge: Examining Risk and Reward. In Biech, Elaine (Ed.), The 2013 Annual: Training (pp. 13-16) San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer/Wiley

Goldberg, John. “High Tech vs. High Context” The Thiagi Group, 2017

Goldberg, John. “Making Good Choices” The Thiagi Group, 2017

Goldberg, John and Banhatti, Dilip G. “Celestial Navigation: Managing Group Conflict” The Thiagi Group, 2018

Goldberg, John and Banhatti, Dilip G. “Planetary Protection Panel” The Thiagi Group, 2018

Goldberg, John and Domek, Anna. “Hunting for that Dream Job” The Thiagi Group, 2017

Goldberg, John and Knorr, Jeff. “Metaphors: Rapid Training Design” The Thiagi Group, 2017

Goldberg, John and McCormack, Angel. “Lantern: Helping You Find Your Way” The Thiagi Group, 2017.

Goldberg, John and Silberman, Shoshana. “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel: Are You a Good Sport?” The Thiagi Group, 2017.

Goldberg, John and Sulpizio, Verna. “Business Card Exchange” The Thiagi Group, 2017.

Reviewer: Organizational Behavior, Black, Stewart, et. al., OpenStax, Rice University, 2019


Top Business Plan, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy 2020

Top Pitch Presentation, Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy 2020

Little Bang! Poster Competition People’s Choice Award, UC Davis 2020

Advancing Sustainable Development Goals Grant, UC Davis 2020

California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort Grant 2019


How to Grow a Global Classroom 2020

Costa Rica Connection: Diving into the NBA eSports Gaming World 2020

Engaging Students in Latin America and the U.S. to Preserve Natural Resources 2020

Grants for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals Recipients 2019

Integrating Global Learning in the Classroom—Lessons from UC Davis Faculty 2019

Latin American Collaboration Drives Eco-friendly Innovation 2019

Cultivating Global Learning Through Course Curricula 2019

Diverse Perspectives, One Global Classroom 2019

Key to Your Business: Hiring the Right People for the Right Jobs 2017

Does Your Company Have a Succession Plan? 2016

101 Ways to Make Learning Active Beyond the Classroom, page 250 2015