Charles Ehin
Charles Ehin
Faculty Emeritus

B.A. Colgate University
M.B.A. Syracuse University
Ph.D. University of Oklahoma

Areas of Experience

  • General management
  • Organizational behavior
  • Organization development and change
  • Informal social networks
  • Self-organizing systems or organizations
  • Human nature and its evolutionary foundation
  • Knowledge management
  • About Charles Ehin

    Dr. Charles (“Kalev”) Ehin is a recognized management and innovation dynamics authority.
    An Emeritus Professor of Management at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, USA, Dr. Ehin has authored several groundbreaking management books, including Unleashing Intellectual Capital (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000), which details how human nature supports or undermines workplace collaboration and innovation, and Hidden Assets: Harnessing the Power of Informal Networks (Springer, 2004), which explains why people can be physically controlled but not managed.
    His newest book, The Organizational Sweet Spot: Engaging the Innovative Dynamics of Your Social Networks (Springer, 2009), pinpoints where the formal and informal elements of an organization overlap, and how that “sweet spot,” which he believes is where most of the productive work in an enterprise takes place, can be expanded.
    He is also the author of Chapter 11, "Co-Evolving Relationships and Innovation Dynamics" in Intellectual Capital and Technological Innovation: Knowledge-Based Theory and Practice (IGI Global, 2010).
    Dr. Ehin was born in Tallinn, Estonia but fled his native country during World War II when it was torn apart by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
    In 1950, he immigrated to the United States, where he obtained a BA from Colgate University, an MBA from Syracuse University, and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
    He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1960 and held several leadership positions including teaching at the Air Command and Staff College. He began teaching at Westminster College, Utah’s only private nondenominational liberal arts college, in 1983 and served as Dean of its Gore School of Business from 1983 to 1990.
    Dr. Ehin coined the term “UnManagement” in 1995 at a management conference in San Jose, California, in reference to the informal (as opposed to formal) management that occurs within all organizations through emergent social networks that develop organically among workers based on their unique predispositons, backgrounds and goals.
    Dr. Ehin offers speaking and consulting services to help organizations maximize innovation and productivity by finding their organizational sweet spot--where everyone is fully engaged. A description of his work is found at

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