B.K. Simerson, Ed.D.

Expertise and Coaching Approach

B.K. has over 20 years of experience providing strategic advisory in public- and private-sector organizations. B.K.’s areas of expertise include strategic leadership and thinking, strategy formulation and execution, and strategic change and transition enablement. He has worked with a range of leaders, from senior-level partners of management consulting and professional services firms, to Federal, State, and foreign government officials. These leaders have spanned industries ranging from paper to electronics, colleges and universities, branches of the military, and NGOs. B.K. has consulted and coached throughout the U.S. and in Canada, Iraq, Argentina, Poland, Singapore, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Bermuda, England, France, and the Netherlands.

B.K. is the co-author of Leading with Strategic Thinking (John Wiley & Sons, 2015) and the author of Strategic Planning: A Practical Guide to Strategy Formulation and Execution (ABC-CLIO, 2011). He has also co-authored several other books, including The Manager as Leader (Praeger Publishers, 2006), and articles in HBR and HBP.

B.K. is currently on the graduate faculty of Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), where he teaches and conducts research in the areas of Strategic Thinking, Strategic Leadership, and Strategy Formulation and Execution.

Education and Credentials

B.K. earned his Ed.D. with emphasis in management and organization development, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned an M.A. with emphasis in administration, supervision, and higher education, from Appalachian State University.

And Life…

B.K. has devoted decades developing and refining his skills in Tsundoku (the Japanese art of acquiring books and letting them pile up unread). When not engaged in his advisory work you might find B.K. in the kitchen experimenting with an undoubtedly-about-to-collapse cake recipe or at a pond trying to figure out the origins of the myriad of frog calls he hears on warm summer nights.