Michael Hartmann

• Health Leadership Academy
• Human Resources and Management
Principal of the Directors College,
Executive Director, EMBA in Digital Transformation,
Co-Director, Health Leadership Academy
McMaster University 1280 Main Street West Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4M4

905-525-9140, x28139

Dr. Michael Hartmann is a Professor of Human Resource Management at the DeGroote School of Business and Principal of The Directors College. Prior to joining DeGroote, Dr. Hartmann was Deputy Director, Manchester Business School and Assistant Dean, Rotman School of Management.

Dr. Hartmann has over 20 years of academic and professional experience teaching executive leadership and innovation programs to organizations in Asia, Europe, the UAE, and the Americas. He has taught graduate degree programs and corporate workshops in the areas of governance, leadership, strategy, innovation and design thinking and change management. His recent teaching and consulting assignments include work for Novartis, Ziraat Bank, Thales Group, JCB, Omantel, Al-Futtaim Group, Manchester Airports Group, British Sky Broadcasting, Sky Betting & Gaming, Dentsu Aegis Network, and NBCUniversal.


  • DBA, Corporate Governance, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland)
  • MBA, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • B.A (Honours), University of Western Ontario

Professional Activities

Dr. Hartmann has over 20 years of professional experience delivering teaching, coaching and consulting services to organizations from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has taught executive courses in the areas of governance, leadership, strategy, innovation, design thinking, group decision-making and change management. He has also facilitated executive workshops and webinars on a range of topical governance and management issues.

Recent global teaching assignments include work for Novartis, Ziraat Bank, Thales Group, JCB, Omantel, Al Futtaim Group, Manchester Airport Group, British Sky Broadcasting, Dentsu Aegis Media and NBC/Universal.

Dr. Hartmann is a member of various professional associations and boards in Europe and North America and a Professorial Fellow of Manchester Business School and an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Creative Leadership. His research, on topics such as corporate governance, and director and management education and training, has been published in academic journals and professional publications. He has also contributed to the development of business cases, gaming simulations and evaluation and assessment instruments.

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