About Professor


Doctor Jerry Estenson is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at California State University, Sacramento.

Professor Estenson has spent twenty-five years working in various management positions leading to chief administrative and operations officer of a public agency and chief executive officer of two private corporations. He is dedicated to taking his hands on experience to academics where he has created courses, which link theory and action. His current research interests include communication systems used in facilitating organizational change and leadership in rapidly changing environments.

He has taught and consulted across sectors and borders. Internationally he assisted in the development of market based management curriculum at Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok Russia, taught public sector management at the Russian Customs Academy, and conducted seminars in organizational design and behavior for public and private sector managers in Vladivostok and Kharbarosk, RFE. In China he taught TQM methodology and management to China Merchants Banks, the National Coal Industry, and to members of the Shanghai Light Industry Council. Work in the United States includes assisting numerous public and private organizations build systems to help manage the human dimensions of change.

He is a former member of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces where he was as a Project Delta Recon Team leader. He is a past president of the Industrial Relations Research Association of Northern California and has served on the board of directors of Sutter Hospital’s Planned Giving Foundation while actively supporting the formation of the Victim of Violent Acts Foundation.



Doctor of Public Administration, University of Southern California (1997). Public Administration with areas of competence in Administration, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, and Management of Diversity.

Dissertation entitled "Communication Competence: Mono-lingual Nurse Managers in a Multi-lingual Work Group." Research integrates Gibb's defensive­ supportive communication style, Spitzburg model for determining communication competence and Blummer's symbolic interactionalism into instruments used to determine mono-lingual nurse manager's communication competence when directing multi-lingual staff nurses within the setting of selected Northern California hospitals.

Masters of Public Administration. 1995, University of Southern California.

Master of Business Administration. 1975, Portland State University, Oregon. Research: Women in Non- Traditional Jobs. A Survey of the West Coast Timber Industry, 1975.

Bachelor of Science, University of San Francisco. 1971. Major in Economics with minors in Industrial Relations and Philosophy.


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