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

UNI Business VITA
UNI Business helps students earn more credentials before graduation

Having employer-ready graduates is a priority at UNI Business. Part of that focus means helping students obtain professional certifications and credentials — like Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner, Six Sigma Green Belt, etc. — before graduation, boosting their marketability for companies and making them career ready.

5 months 2 weeks ago
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UNI Business partners with Waterloo to launch minority-owned business accelerator

The pandemic has damaged businesses across the country. Federal aid in the form of Paycheck Protection Program—which began April 3 and ended Aug. 8 and handed out 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion—provided an essential crutch. But some businesses, particularly Black-owned and minority-owned businesses, were largely locked out, according to a recent report from the Association Press and CBS.

5 months 3 weeks ago
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UNI’s business college supports launch of flexible online bachelor’s degree option

The University of Northern Iowa provides a pathway for adults and students to obtain a bachelor’s degree in new and innovative ways. With support from UNI’s College of Business Administration, the Office of Online and Distance Education is recruiting students for a new Managing Business and Organizations Bachelor of Applied Science (MBO BAS) degree, tailored to working professionals to finish a four-year program. 

7 months 2 weeks ago
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The long-term effects from working from home

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life in every sense, particularly for businesses. Offices may never be the same. A variety of data shows that even after the pandemic ends, many companies expect their employees will work from home at least a few days a week. These dramatic shifts could have lasting implications for corporate America. Will competition for office space in urban hubs be less fierce? 

8 months 1 week ago
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. 

8 months 4 weeks ago
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Student-first focus yields big results for UNI business students

In today’s education climate—where disruption due to the pandemic and ever-changing technologies have become the norm—putting the students first is of utmost importance. At UNI’s business college, students are at the center of everything, and that’s by design.

8 months 4 weeks ago