Tom Hunsaker, Ph.D.

Full Time Faculty
Areas of Expertise: 

Organizational innovation and strategy, Leadership and Personal effectiveness, Globalization, Doing business in Latin America


Competitive and Global Strategy, Competing Through People, Work Relationships, Foundations in Consulting, Applied Learning Practicums

Professional Bio: 

Tom Hunsaker, Ph.D., is among the faculty of the world’s top-ranked global management school, Thunderbird School of Global Management (a unit of Arizona State University), where he has taught in the areas of competitive and global strategy, interpersonal management, and performance leadership.

Professor Hunsaker has also been a faculty-lead in the Thunderbird Emerging Market Laboratory (TEMLab) assisting student-driven strategic consulting engagements in Latin America, Africa, and Asia and advisor to the Management Consulting Association. In addition to his faculty post, Professor Hunsaker serves Thunderbird as a director in the MA-GAM Applied Learning Programs he helped to develop.

Dr. Hunsaker has authored prominent work in innovation management, behavioral strategy, leadership, and higher education. He is author (with Dr. Nathan Washburn) of the Bridger™ model, originally published in Harvard Business Review, which outlines how people best serve as conduits for innovative ideas in organizations. Among his other noted work is Mindset Positioning, which highlights why similarly talented people get dramatically different results from the same activities – and what organizations are to do about it.

Dr. Hunsaker’s work has appeared in many practitioner and scholarly outlets including Harvard Business Review, Business & Economy, Research in Higher Education, Learning in Higher Education, BizEd and on Businessweek, Bloomberg, and Business & Economy online, among others.

Professor Hunsaker enjoys extensive global experience. He has consulted for companies (ranging in size from Fortune 500 to start-up) operating in North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.  He has a particular expertise in Latin America (Spanish fluent) where he has been a visiting professor at the top-ranked graduate business school in Ecuador (USFQ).

As a trainer and speaker he has addressed audiences on four continents in diverse sectors, including: consumer goods, energy, financial, healthcare, manufacturing, and telecom. Tom lives with his wife and children in Arizona where they enjoy the outdoors as much as possible.

Tom Hunsaker, Ph.D. Bio