Chris R. Deans

Visiting Professor in Operations and Global Supply Chain


M.Acc.(Management Specialty) Brigham Young University; B.S. (Accounting) Brigham Young University, CPA, CPIM, CIRM, Certified Executive Coach

Teaching Interests

Leadership, Supply Chain

Professional Accomplishments

With more than twenty-five years’ experience in lean manufacturing and global supply chain management, Chris now provides executive coaching and operational excellence consulting for multi-national clients such as Jaguar Land Rover, Babcock & Wilcox, GlaxoSmithKline, Starbucks China and Goodyear in Mainland China and Asia-Pacific. As the LeanTech International Consulting (Nanjing) President, Chris has consulted on many OpEx and supply chain projects and developed and led many executive training programs, workshops and seminars. Chris was one of the founders of the China Centre for Operational Excellence that established the Shingo Institute’s first educational partner in China and led to China’s first successful company to receive Shingo recognition.


Chris publishes blogs on coaching, high-performance teams and executive leadership. He is a member of the ICF – International Coaching Federation and ATTA, the Asia Transformation and Turnaround Association, an organization dedicated to helping businesses in stress improve. He has lectured on Leadership, Supply Chain, and Operations for Hult University, Fudan University, Webster University, SKEMA, and the University of Northern Iowa.

Latest News & Views

University of Northern Iowa business college 40th year seal
UNI Biz 2020 magazine kicks off our 40th year

As I write this, past mid-term, face-to-face classes continue. Will we make it through the semester? Regardless, our 40th year moves forward, pandemic or not! I am the last dean of this college to have worked for all previous deans. I look forward to celebrating with my colleagues, probably post-vaccine, to recognize where we have been and where we are today. 

2 months 2 weeks ago
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How to Look Like a Rockstar in Zoom

Zoom has become the virtual meeting platform of choice for thousands of people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re new to Zoom, or virtual meetings in general, the idea of online meetings can be overwhelming for us who’ve never worked or taken classes from home.

10 months 1 hour ago