Emad Rahim, DM, PMP

CTU Faculty, Business and Management

Chicago, IL

Business management scholar. Dedicated educator. Visionary thinker.

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  • Post-Doctorate  in Management of Online Education, University of Maryland University College (2013)
  • Deanship Program Certificate, ACBSP Leadership Institute (2012)
  • OPIC Enterprise Development Network (EDN) Certificate, Moody Analytics and GW School of Business (2012)
  • Post-Doctoral Diploma, Marketing & Management, Tulane University – A.B. Freeman School of Business (2011)
  • Entrepreneurial Educator Certificate, Oklahoma State University – The Experiential Classroom XI (2010)
  • Doctorate of Management, Organizational Development, Colorado Technical University (2009)
  • Entrepreneurship Certificate, Syracuse University – Whitman School of Management (2009)
  • Comprehensive Software Engineering/IT Project Management Certificate, Syracuse University (2008)
  • Executive Leadership Certificate, Executive Decision Making, Cornell University – Johnson School of Business (2008)
  • MSM, Project Management and MSM of Business Management, Colorado Technical University (2006)
  • BS, Community Management & Human Service, SUNY Empire State College (2004)
  • Associate of Science in Community & Human Services, SUNY Empire State College (2003)

Dr. Rahim earned an AACSB bridge Post-Doctorate in marketing and management research (AQ Certified), doctorate of management in organizational development, and two graduate degrees in project management and business management. He has five nationally recognized professional certifications, including the Certified Manager (CM) certification awarded by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers, Project Management Professional (PMP) certification awarded by the Project Management Institute, Certified Fast-Trac Facilitator awarded by the Kauffman Foundation, Certified Project Manager (CPM) certification awarded by the International Association of Project & Program Management, and Certified Associate Business Manager (CABM) certification awarded by the Association of Professionals in Business Management.


Dr. Rahim was able to apply what he learned in school right away, which led him on a career path in business development, nonprofit administration, management consulting, and project management. He eventually went on to start several businesses and continue his education by earning a doctorate in management and a post-doctorate in marketing and management.

His experience in pursuing a terminal degree helped shift his career path to education. After a few short years, he went on to teach at some of the best universities in the nation, published dozens of articles and books, presented across the country at academic conferences, and held appointments as a scholar researcher, professor, program chair, entrepreneur-in-residence, lecturer, and university dean.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Business and Management

Watch Emad speak about Business and Management.

Why are YOU IN?

I’m in to support the mission of CTU in providing real-world, industry-current education that serves the need of nontraditional/career-focused students. We are a university made up of a diverse population of dedicated educators and practitioners from around the world. I get to help improve the quality of life of our students through education and contribute to their success.

What is your teaching philosophy?

I use my own experience to help guide my students to success. I use a “best practice” approach to mentor and coach them through their educational journey. My background as a practitioner-scholar makes me a well-rounded educator. By sharing my educational and professional experiences in class, I can help better prepare students for the “real world” by teaching the curriculum beyond the theory with real-life examples they can relate and connect to.

Aside from higher education, what else are you passionate about?

I am most passionate about social entrepreneurship, education, community development, and social justice. I enjoy the opportunity to help improve the quality of life of others through volunteerism, teaching, mentoring, and coaching. I am working on several micro-financing projects in Cambodia to help sustain entrepreneurs and farmers. My mission is to help improve economic development in Cambodia and other Third World countries by educating and supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs.

  • Ayad, A., Rahim, E. (2013). Toward a Theory for Management Success: The Role of Evidence-Based Management in the Retail Industry. International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 5(1)
  • Rahim, E. (2012). Leading Through Diversity: How Managers Become Servant Leaders. Common Grounds Publishing, Champaign, IL.
  • Rahim, E. (2012). The Value of Innovative Leadership Practices on Corporate Social Responsibility. The Refractive Thinker ®: Volume VII: Social Responsibility.
  • Rahim, E. (2012). Leading and Confronting an Agency Stereotype: A Case Study in how Inner-City Agencies get Negatively Labeled. The John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, 6(1).
  • Rahim, E., Finch, A. (2012). An Exploration of Strategy Development: A Critique of Ellen Earle Chaffee’s Three Models of Strategy. Review of Management Innovation & Creativity, 4(12).
  • Rahim, E. (2011). Implications of Open-Source Social Network ing on Entrepreneurship. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society. 7(4). (Award Finalist)
  • Rahim, E. (2011). A Contextual Applied Research Analysis of Negative Public Perceptions. The Refractive Thinker ®: Volume VI: Post-Secondary Education.
  • Ayad, A., Rahim, E. (2011). Toward a Theory for Management Success: The Role of Evidence-Based Management in the Retail Industry. International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 3(3).
  • Rahim, E. (2010). The Stigmatization of Urban Organizations as “Ghetto” and Change Management Strategies to Remedy the Problem. Journal of Business & Leadership, 5(2).
  • Dawson. M, Rahim, E. (2010). Transitional Leadership in the Defense and Aerospace Industry: A Critical Analysis for Recruiting and Developing Talent. International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 2(3).
  • Burrell, D., Malik, A., Rahim, E., Huff, A., Finklea, K. (2010). An Analysis of the Application of Situational Leadership in the Post 9/11 Evolving Public Health Managerial Environments. John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, 5(1).
  • Burrell, D., Safi, A., Rahim, E., Justice, P., Walker, R. (2010). An Applied Research Case Study Analysis of Managerial Leadership’s Ability to Positively Influence Tolerance of Religious and International Cultural Diversity in the United States Work place Business Environment. John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, 5(1).
  • Burrell, D., Rahim, E. (2010). An Applied Application of Contemporary Strategic Leadership Analysis in Higher Education. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture & Change Management, 10(3).
  • Rahim, E., Burrell, D. (2010). A Case Study Analysis of Change Management Intervention and the Nature and Nuances of Resistance to Change in a Complex Organization. The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 10(3).
  • Burrell, D., Grizzell, B., Rahim, E., Finch, A., Dawson, M. (2010) A Qualitative Research Assessment of Management and Business Education for the Corporate Manager in 2010 and Beyond. Journal of Knowledge & Human Resource Management, 2(3).
  • Burrell, D., Finch, A., Dawson, M., Rahim, E., Williams, T. (2010) A Solution Oriented Assessment of the Positive Role that Non-Traditional Doctoral Programs can Have in Developing Diverse and Valuable Business School Facility. Journal of International Business Management & Research, 1(2).
  • Burrell, D., Rahim, E., Dawson, M.., Finch, A. (2010) Exploring New Supervisory Paradigms in Government Administration and Leadership. Review of Management Innovation & Creativity, 3(8).
  • Rahim, E., Burrell, D., & Dawson, M. (2010) OB Influences on Business Education & Practice: Emerging Trends in MBA Curriculum. Review of Higher Education and Self-Learning, 3(7).
  • Dawson. M, Burrell, D., Rahim, E. (2010). Framework for Effective Transitional Leadership in Defense & Aerospace. Journal of Global Intelligence & Policy, 3(3).
  • Rahim, E., Dawson. M. (2010). Project Management Best Practices in an Expanding Market. Journal of Information Systems Technology and Planning, 3(5).
  • Rahim, E. (2010). The Growing Epidemic of “Islamophobia” in America: Social Change through Appreciative Inquiry. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Community and Nations, 10(4).
  • Rahim, E. (2010). Examining the Concepts of Management Decision Making, Power and Politics: Emerging Patterns and Trends. International Leadership Journal, 2(2/3).
  • Rahim, E., Ayad, A., Zapf, R. (2010). Is Open-Sourcing the Future for Project Management?: Critical thinking in social networking. International Journal of Project Organisation and Management, 2(1).
Awards or achievements
  • Think-Tank Fellow – Innovation Roundtable in Global Entrepreneurship (GW School of Business) (2012-2013)
  • "Forty Under 40" Award of Syracuse NY (2011)
  • Certified Manager of the Year from ICPM at James Madison University (2011)
  • Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year from the Experiential Classroom of Oklahoma State University (2010)
  • Beyster Scholar from the Beyster Institute of UC San Diego
  • Laureate Visiting Scholar from Laureate International Universities/ Walden University
  • Finalist for the CEC Educator of the Year Award from Career Education Corporation/ Colorado Technical University
  • Congressional Award for Community Leadership.
  • Certified Community Leader by Leadership Greater Syracuse (LG) and Syracuse City Hall
Professional memberships
  • Project Management Institute
  • Academy of Management
  • Institute of Certified Professional Managers
  • United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • International Council for Small Business
  • Intellectbase International
  • American Management Association
  • American Society of Association Executives
Research interests
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Ethics
  • Project management
  • Organizational stigma
  • Change management
  • Diversity
  • Higher education
  • Management
  • Nonprofit
  • Islam