Asayehgn Desta

Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Economic Development

Courses

  • Research Methods for Business
  • Sustainability Driven Business Innovation
  • Business Statistics and Data Analytics
  • Sustainability Driven Business Innovation

Academic & Professional Accomplishments

  • MA, Economics: Business Economics, Finance and Monetary Systems, San Francisco State University, 1985
  • PhD, International Development: Models of Development and Economics of Education, Stanford University, 1977
  • MA, Political Economy, Stanford University, 1976
  • MS, Education Administration of Education Specialist in Quantitative Research Methods and Evaluation, Emporia State University, 1971
  • BA, Social Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1969

Positions Held/Visiting Positions

  • Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Business Economics, Barowsky School of Business, Dominican University of California, 1988-present
  • Consultant & Academic Vice President, Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area Campus, 2003-Present
  • Lecturer, Managerial Economics, San Francisco State University, 1987-2010
  • Associate Director, Graduate Program in Pacific Basin Studies, Dominican University of California, 1989-1991
  • Lecturer, Economics, City College of San Francisco, 1981-88
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Stanford-Berkeley Joint Center for African Studies, 1986-1987
  • Adjunct Professor, International Business and Economics, Golden Gate University, 1981-87
  • Research Associate and Senior Data Analyst, University of California San Francisco, 1979-80
  • Consultant, Manpower Planning; UNESCO, Paris, France, 1978-79
  • Independent Consultant Marketing Research; Stanford University Food Research Institute, 1977-78
  • Executive Board Member, Addis Ababa College, Ethiopia, 1972-74
  • Principal; Woldya High School, Ethiopia, 1971-72
  • Principal; Adigrate High School, Ethiopia, 1969-70

Selected Papers & Publications

  • BOOKS:
  • “Revitalizing Ethiopia’s Manufacturing Enterprises Through the Japanese Production Management Strategy “Kaizen”: A critical Analysis,” Oklahoma, Columbus: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, 2015
  • "From Economic Dependency and Stagnation to Democratic Development State: Essays on the Socio-Political and Economic Perspectives of Ethiopia," Trenton: NJ: Red Sea Press, 2014
  • ARTICLES AND MONOGRAPHS:
  • “Economic Growth and Autonomous Multiparty Consensus Democracy in Ethiopia.” European Journal of Business Research (EJBR) Vol. 16, No. 1, 2016, pp. 37-54.
  • "Analyzing the Causes of Rejection and Downgrading of Semi-Finished Products in Ethiopian Leather and Leather Industries: Situational Analysis of Semi-finished Products from the Sheba Leather Industry.” International Journal Economic Resources, Vol. 711, 2016, pp. 76-103.
  • “Kaizen as a Strategic Choice for Enhancing the Capabilities of Manufacturing Companies in Ethiopia.” International Journal of Business Strategy. Vol. 16, Number 1, 2016, pp. 55-72.
  • "Kaizen Management Issues at the Wonji Sugar Factory in Ethiopia: A Comparative Analysis.” European Journal of Management, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2015, pp. 7-26.
  • “The Art of the Kaizen Approach for Sugar Production in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Methara Sugar Company.” International Journal of Operations and Logistics Management. 2015, Vol. 3, Issue, 3, pp. 212-221.
  • “Can Agriculturally-Based Direct Foreign Investment Promote Sustainable Development: A Review of African Cases?” Journal of Business and Economics, June, 2014, pp.1-24.
  • “Banking Reform in Ethiopia.” The International Journal of Business and Commerce, Vol. 3. No. 08, April, 2014.
  • Analysis of Kaizen Implementation in Northern Ethiopia’s Manufacturing Industries.” The International Journal of Business and Commerce, Vol. 3, No. 8, April, 2014.
  • "Economic Analysis of Lean Waste: Case Studies of Textile and Garment Industries in Ethiopia.” International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, August 2013, Vol. 3. No.8. pp. 101-128.
  • “An Empirical Investigation on Innovative Practices of Electromechanical Manufacturing: The Case of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Mekelle City, Ethiopia.” International Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Vol.3, No.5, May 2013, pp. 48-62.
  • “Political Socialization in the Era of Globalization in Ethiopian Schools.” European Journal of Academic Research, Vol.1, No.4, 2013, pp. 201-212.
  • “Why Self-Proclaimed Kaizen Management is Becoming Very Fashionable in Ethiopia? An Observation.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research in Business, Vol. 2. Issue 11, 2013, pp. 8-11.
  • “The Continuing Saga of Globalism: Comparing Ethiopia’s Developmental State Strategies to Those of Malaysia.” International Journal of Management Sciences and Business Research.” Vol. 1-Issue-11, 2013.
  • "The Viability of Malaysian Developmental State for Africa in an Era of Economic Globalization.” International Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences (IJBBS), Vol. 2, No. 12, December 2012.
  • “The Emergence of a Dual-System of Primary Schooling in Ethiopia and its Impact.” International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 10, October 2012.
  • “Centrally-Planned or Developmental-Oriented State: A Review of the Ethiopian Economic system.” Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2012.
  • “Sustainable Local Development: The revitalization of the Town of Adwa (Ethiopia) Through Community-Based Endogenous Projects.” International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2012.
  • “The Integration of Technical and Vocational Education and Training with Sustainable Development Education: A Review of African Case African Studies.” International Journal of Management Sciences and Business Research, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp.1-13, March 8, 2012.
  • “Sustainable Local Development: The revitalization of the Town of Adwa (Ethiopia) through Community-Based Endogenous Project.” International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2012.
  • “The Effects of Rent-Seeking in Dissipating Developmental Efforts: The Ethiopian Experience.” International Journal of Business & Management Tomorrow, Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2012.

Honors & Awards

  • Melba Beals Award for Excellence in Diversity
  • Compton Foundation Grant and the Friedman’s Fund for Innovation Competition Award
  • Sarlo Distinguished Professor of Business Economics, Dominican University of California, 2003