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Bob Kulhan      

Adjunct Professor of Business Administrations CEO, Business Improvisations, Chicago

Bob Kulhan is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration for The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He also is the CEO of Business Improvisations based out of Chicago, Los Angeles & New York City. For over fifteen years Bob has performed and taught improvisation internationally. His teaching and performing credits include Chicago's famed Second City (master artist in residence), Improv Olympic (resident company/faculty), Columbia College, London TheaterSports, The Banff Centre, The Australian Graduate School of Management, UCLA Anderson School of Management (mba & exec. ed.), Columbia University Business School (mba & exec. ed.), and Duke University’s The Fuqua School of Business.

His consulting and teaching work in leadership and managerial improvisation includes emphases on team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, whole body listening, busting blocks to creativity, conflict management, dyadic relationships, creative and adaptive problem solving, leadership, and fostering creative cultures. Since 1998, his customized Business Improvisations programs have benefited a number of companies, including Young Presidents Organization, FOSSAC, Ford Motor Company, Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Cushman & Wakefield, The University of Notre Dame: Renovare, SAS, Mazda, American Express Cards, Glaxo Smith Kline, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, PepsiCo, Capital One, and Procter & Gamble, R&D University.

In a unique collaboration with Professor Craig Fox, Bob co-introduced improvisation into the highly-respected MBA curriculum of the Fuqua School of Business. The Workshop in Managerial Improvisation blends experiential exercises, adapted from traditional improv, with classroom lectures, case studies and discussion. It has consistently ranked among Duke University’s highest rated MBA electives. In addition to the MBA program at Fuqua, Bob has designed workshops for Fuqua professors and staff, PhD students, communications & development departments, R. David Thomas Center management and staff, Program Managers’ Development (PMD), Management Challenge, Advanced Management Program (AMP), Duke Corporate Education, and Duke’s Executive Education department.

Bob has had the fortune of performing improvisation and facilitating Business Improvisations workshops in the United States, England, Scotland, Singapore, Australia, and Banff, Canada, where he participated as a Faculty Member and Master Artist in both the Creativity Forum on Creative Leadership, and the Thought Leadership Forum on Ethical Governance and Creating a Climate of Corporate Integrity (whew!).

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