Ralph Jarvis, Global MBA, MM

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Ralph Jarvis brings over 35 years in Global Business and IT solutions, grounded in Business, IT and Sustainability expertise. He is also a Sustainability  advisor, architect, author and speaker. As a management advisor, Ralph knows that company Owners and C-suite Executives are constantly searching for better ways to do business. He collaborates with those Clients to identify organizational objectives, understand and identify “barriers” preventing them from being achieved, clarifies opportunities for business and profit improvement, develops action plans to move the business forward and leads professional consultants toward developing and implementing successful solutions. He believes that Sustainability will be a key centerpiece in 21st century business strategies and that will yield increased corporate performance.

  • Adjunct Professor | Graduate Instructor
  • Advisor – Business | IT | Sustainability
  • Global Business and IT experience
  • Global MBA – International Finance
  • MM – Management Information Systems
  • Sustainability Author | Speaker

Areas of Expertise:
His Vision is to be your Advisor of choice, the one who transforms business and society, who listens and works with your team to create long-term approaches for a better tomorrow. Solutions are based on your firm’s maturity level, whether based on Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Strategy Alignment, Process Improvement or a combination of these underpinnings that produce tangible benefits.

Successful engagements stem from Executive Commitment, identifying a “Champion” of change, engaging the entire organization, preparing employees to help in the transformation and integrating those benefits into proper tools for management visibility and provide a road map to eliminate waste.

Scope of Experience:
Ralph started his career with an electronics manufacturing, firm focused on Consumer Products, producing Calculator and Time products world-wide. Understanding the importance of manufacturing, operations and systems. Ralph’s implementation of Strategic Planning Systems relied on those key roles and extended into technical, sales, human resource, asset management and import/export implications. Understanding those activities and relating assets, costs and revenues  in a meaningful way provided a new view and method of global management.

It is this foundation, based on concepts, skills and experience, that has allowed Ralph to review business plans, transformation projects throughout the US and over 70 countries to improve their businesses and achieve their goals. While many Owners and Executives are considering Sustainability projects, very few are clear on how to effectively implement a Sustainability initiative. Fewer still are not looking to combine Sustainability with Lean Six Sigma methodology.

Businesses used to focused only on the numbers. In today’s world it is also about products, people and how we use our resources and ultimately and holistically, how we impact our environment. Metrics measure what we see as important. In the 21st century, business is not defined by the brick and mortar model. Each company is unique and should include all stakeholders, resources and approaches. Extraordinary results from ordinary people will result when executives train their employees with a new mindset based on a customer centric culture. Then get out of their way and see the results.

Relevant Assignments:
Ralph’s business experience spans over three decades and six continents. Engagements varied from simple to complex technology infrastructures. Organization maturity levels varied from initial setup to maturity optimization – from closely held organizations to major global Fortune corporations . These experiences translate across a broad range of financial resources, from small companies ($10M) to Fortune 50 (over $1B) engagements to provide an array of solutions. Early in his international career, he worked closely with multi-cultural and multi-lingual organizations. He gained experience across 17 industries, for example: manufacturing, IT  services, distribution, energy, transportation and more.  Best practices in one industry can often be applied to another with equal or superior results.

Education and Training:
Ralph has had the opportunity to earn three degrees, one Bachelor and two Masters, from nationally and internationally recognized business schools and universities.

He majored in Management a earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at Texas Tech University. His minor was in Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences.

Ralph earned his first Master, in International Finance, from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He was also the first alumnus to receive an Executive Certificate in CSR from Thunderbird. He earned his second Masters from the University of Dallas in MIS. At that time, he was the only one in his MIS class to graduate with Highest Honors. Recently, he also earned a Sustainability Leadership Certificate from the University of North Texas.

Ralph has both led and participated in many business-related graduate courses, continuing education, seminars and conferences and is a professional member of the Institute of Management Consulting.

Honors, Awards and Special Accomplishments:
University of Dallas is a top tier graduate school, recognized worldwide. He received his second Master’s in Management Information Systems, where he graduated with Highest Honors. He was the sole MIS recipient with this honor and distinction in his class.

Ralph served as an Adjunct Professor at North Lake College. He also served as a graduate Sustainability instructor at the University of Dallas.

He has also been asked to speak about Sustainability at professional organizations like ASQ-DFW, APICS-DFW, PMI-DFW and recently at the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

Ralph is an author of two Sustainability books for business and is currently working on his third. Sustainability is and will continue to have a material impact on how corporations think and act. It recognizes that the drivers are global, complex and will probably impact almost all companies, globally. Many companies today are not exploring those new opportunities or fully mitigating the risks that Sustainability may bring. Both of these books address “Pragmatic Sustainability” approaches.

In 2011, he wrote his first book, Any Questions?. He believes he is the first author to write a primer fusing Sustainability with Lean Six Sigma. This book is a bottom-up approach to benefits.

In 2013 he also wrote Building a Bridge to Benefits that discusses a top-down approach to benefits. This book takes the reader from the Sustainability Vision to the waste that needs elimination to produce tangible benefits. This book is now being used in a leadership course at Texas Tech University for both graduate and under graduate students.

More:

Environmentalist will say Sustainability is doing more with less. But that does not communicate the real business value to an executive. Business leaders want and need to understand how tangible benefits can be extracted to increase profitability and provide a stronger competitive advantage. “Pragmatic Sustainability” creates a competitive advantage by using Sustainability principles to eliminate waste, reduce costs, increase revenue and create a flexible organization for the future.

Education
Any Questions?
Building a Bridge to Benefits
Enterprise Transformation
Sustainability Engagements
Industrial Experience
Professional Networks