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


Mr. Shields has 29 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.