Gary Shields

Gary Shields


Assistant Professor (Teaching) - Management



Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Room 438
Detroit, MI 48201

Gary Shields

Academic Programs

  • Management


Entrepreneurism; creativity and innovation; improvisation training; youth entrepreneurism; organization behavior; Detroit small business;


  • MBA, Wayne State University
  • Graduate of the Second City improvisational training academy
  • BBA, Kent State University

Research and teaching interests

Teaching a wide variety of courses in management, strategy, entrepreneurism and improvisation at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as business and entrepreneur courses for dual enrollment and other high school students.  


Mr. Shields has 35 years of experience teaching business courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with an emphasis on management, organization behavior (including creativity and improvisation) and entrepreneurism. He has owned and operated his own businesses for the last 20 years and worked with more than 2000 small and start-up businesses as part of the university's former Small Business Development Center and Technology Transfer Center.  He is an advisor for the student entrepreneur organization Innovation Warriors, the university's C2 Pipeline high school entrepreneur program, and the MISB high school entrepreneur training program YEA in partnership with the National Association of Women Business Owners.  Mr. Shields also sits on a university-wide advisory committee on entrepreneurism. 


Improv(e) Business: Developing Skills for Personal and Professional Success Gary Shields and Rico Bruce Wade, 2023, Kendall Hunt, text and video guide

Courses taught by Gary Shields

Fall Term 2023 (current)

Spring-Summer Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022

Fall Term 2021