David Desplaces, Ph.D.

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Associate Director of the Global Business Resource Center

Address: Beatty Center, Room 327
Office Hours: M-W: 8:30-10:00 am, and, by appointment 3:30-4:30 pm; also, other times by appointment
Phone: 843.953.6446
E-mail: desplacesd@cofc.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download

For nearly two decades, Dr. David Desplaces has dedicated himself to the stewardship of learning by educating entrepreneurs, executives, and future leaders with one goal in mind: unlocking the potential in each of them. He has distinguished himself through the employment of individuals by applying his expertise in the areas of international management, global commerce & trade, cultural management, leadership, change management, and entrepreneurial venturing. Dr. Desplaces’ extensive experience include starting an entrepreneurship institute, leading a separate entrepreneurial center, supporting various domestic and international entrepreneurial ventures, being as part owner in various businesses, helping launch a professional certification program, leading international cultural and professional development initiatives, and empowering his community through various leadership initiatives. He recently earned a Distinguished Service Award at the College of Charleston, received various team commendations and awards as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and was honored as being elected Fellow of the CASE Association. His latest work on management-lead conflict resolution was published in Conflict Resolution Quarterly.

Trained by the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute where he did his clinical work in Milan, Italy, his clients include entrepreneurs, executives, MBA students, and administrators with coaching engagements in Italy, UAE, Bermuda, and throughout the USA. He recently become a Certified Coach from the movement to live a well-lived, joyful life by acclaimed authors Bill Burnett and David Evans, and is authorized to us the Designing Your Life framework. David completed his Certificate in Business Excellence from the Hass School of Business at the University of Berkeley, CA and earned his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Rhode Island with a focus on change management, after receiving his Master in Science in Education from Syracuse University in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation. He received his MBA and BS in Management with honors from Bentley University, MA. He also earned his Certificate in Global Business Professional from NASBIT for which he has served as a certified trainer. David is fluent in French and English.


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

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

For a more comprehensive list of Dr. Desplaces' Professional Development and Certifications, please see his CV.

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

  • Humanitarian Service Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Effort - U.S. Coast Guard (2019)
  • College of Charleston 2018 Distinguished Service Award (April 2018 - Campus-Wide)
  • 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)

For a more comprehensive list of Dr. Desplaces' Awards and Honors, please see his CV.


Desplaces, D.E., Congdon, S. & Congdon, S. (2019). Proposing a framework for understanding the diffusion of technology: The Case of Laser Technology.  American Journal of Management, 9 (4).

Messal, C. Blair & Desplaces, D.E. (2018). Conflict Management through the Negotiations Canvas: Getting Participants to Understand. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 36 (1) 39-51.

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, 1 (1).

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.

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