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David Desplaces, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Address: Beatty Center, Room 327
Office Hours: M-W: 10:30 am-1:30pm by appointment; All ENTR & MGMT student interns, email to schedule a specific time
Phone: 843.953.6446
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David Desplaces, Ph.D. and CGBP, is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and prepare for the "borderless business world" that we work in today.  As an associate professor of global commerce and entrepreneurship, Dr. Desplaces believes that applied learning opportunities are the pathway for every student's future success and he works tirelessly to create valuable experiences for our students.  He was the faculty advisor of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team who systematically earns recognition at the regional and national SIFE competitions. The caliber of the team's accomplishments and overall impact both locally and in Cameroon, Africa, distinguished them from the other university teams.

Dr. Desplaces has lead students in study-abroad courses to places such as Dubai, Cameron, and France where their global views and understanding are transformed.  Through his active community and civic engagement with the local Boys Scouts, Coast Guard Auxiliary and on the boards of the James Island Connector Run and Possibilities Without Borders, He has been VP of membership, VP of Programs, and President of The CASE Association and recently has been appointment Marketing Director. He was selected a fellow of The CASE Association. Dr. Desplaces serves as a role model to students who want to "give back" in meaningful ways. 

Dr. Desplaces' published research examines the geographical implications on the success and failure of new business ventures and franchises and continues to research the impact and importance of educational practices (especially distance education) on business ethics education. He has written 3 cases and currently working on 3 new projects.


Hoggan Assessment Systems, Inc.,  December 2004

ISO 14001 (2004): EMS Auditor/Lead Auditor, April 2014

ISO 9001 (2008): Quality Management Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor, December 2013

CGBP - Certified Global Business Professional, NASBIT, June 2008

University of Rhode Island - Kingston, Rhode Island
Ph.D., Business Administration, May 2004

Syracuse University - Syracuse, New York
M.S.E., December 1999

Syracuse University - Syracuse, New York
M.S., Instructional Design, Development & Evaluation

Bentley College - Waltham, Massachusetts
Internet Systems Management Certificate , Summer 1998

Bentley Graduate School of Business - Waltham, Massachusetts
M.B.A., Finance, May 1996

Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts
B.S., Management, May 1994

Research Interests

  • Regional economic development
  • Spatial allocation of funding for new ventures
  • Business ethics education
  • Change management

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • Management and Organizational Behaviors
  • Small Business Management
  • Introduction to Business
  • Creation of New Business Enterprises
  • Global Commerce & Enterprise
  • International Management
  • Internships in Management and Entrepreneurship

Study Abroad Courses

  • Global Commerce & Enterprise (Dubai)
  • MBA - International Business (Dubai)
  • Business of Culture (Paris)
  • Destination Management (Dubai)
  • International Social Enterprise (Cameroon)
  • International Business Enterprise (Dubai)

Honors and Awards

  • College of Charleston 2018 Distinguished Service Award (April 2018)
  • Emerald Best Case Award (May 2018), 2017 The CASE Journal Top 10 Reviewers (ranked 2nd)
  • 2014 Howard F. Rudd Distinguished Award for Service Leadership (May 2014)
  • 2009 Forty Under 40 in Charleston
  • Dean's Award Recipient, Dean's list for 5 semesters
  • Falcon Honor Society member
  • Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities (2 years), 2010 Leavey Award for Free Enterprise (Freedoms Foundation)
  • 2010 School Teaching Award
  • Global Scholar - College of Charleston (2009)


Desplaces, D.E. (2018). Conflict Management through the Negotiations Canvas: Getting Participants to Understand. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 1-12.

Perrault, E. & Desplaces, D.E. (2017). Bank of America’s investment in the Dakota Pipeline: A Wake-Up Call for Stakeholders. International Journal of Instructional Cases.

Desplaces, D.E. & Congden, S. (2017). Expat Pay & Compensation: Fair or Not Fair? The CASE Journal, 13 (2): 168-186.

Desplaces, D.E. , Messal, C. & Salvaggio, T. (2015). Do e-learning tools make a difference? Results from a case study. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 16 (4): 23-34.

Metcalf, N., Desplaces, D.E., & Levine, N. (2014). Geography of Trade in the Southeast: 2004 to 2008. Global Business & Economics Anthropology, 1:  50-63.

Desplaces, D.E., & Ogilvie, J. (2013). A Manager’s Action? An Exercise for Exploring Sexual Harassment. Organization Management Journal. Vol. 10, (1), 36-44.

Welsh, D. H. B., Davis, A. E., Desplaces, D.E., & Fable, C. (2012).  A Resource Based View of Three Forms of Businesses in the Startup Phase:  Implications for Franchising.  Journal of Small Business Strategy, 22 (1),39-64.

Conference Proceedings

Desplaces, D.E., Wyman, D. & May, C. (2017). Generating Creative Universal Solutions: The Why and How? Presented at the Experiential Learning Association/Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting, May 3-5.  Biltmore, MD.

Desplaces, D.E. (2017). Is Business Education Problematic? A Look at the Instructor. Presented at the Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting, May 3-5. Biltmore, MD.

Desplaces, D. & Kent, T. W. (April 2, 2015).  Is the classroom not engaging enough?  Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. Jacksonville, FL.

Blair, C. & Desplaces, D.E. (2015). From the balcony: conflict management and canvas Presented at the Experiential Learning Association/Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting, May 7-9. Philadelphia, PA. Nominated for best experiential exercise.

Desplaces, D. E. (2014). Destination Management: Learning from Dubai and Charleston. Presented at EuroCHRIE, October 6-9. Dubai, UAE.

Desplaces D. E. & Congden, S. (2014). Expat Pay & Compensation: Fair or Not Fair? Presented at the CASE Association/Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting, May 7-9. Newport, RI.

Desplaces, D.E., Blaire, C. & Salvadore, T. (2014). Do e-learning tools make a difference? Results from a case study. Presented at the CASE ssociation/Eastern Academy of Management Annual Meeting, May 7-9. Newport, RI.

For a comprehensive list of Dr. Desplaces' research, please see his CV.