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Patton, Gregory H.

Contact Information
Professor, Center for Clinical Management Communication
Marshall School of Business
Office: ACC 402
Phone: (213) 740-0653

Dr. Greg Patton conducts research on adult learning, experiential learning methodologies, and behavioral skill development. His publication, The Speech Preparation Workbook, is used at colleges and universities across the nation, and he has written numerous other books, articles, and learning programs.

Dr. Patton has taught at USC since 1994 and has received more than a dozen awards and commendations for outstanding teaching and mentoring.  He has extensive corporate consulting and training experience and focuses on the study and development of communication, interpersonal, team and leadership effectiveness

His international work has primarily focused on China and the Pacific Rim.  He is a key advisor to the Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership at USC, a member of USC’s US-China Institute and teaches several courses at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai in the Marshall School’s Global Executive MBA Program. 

Dr. Patton leads MBA learning programs in Korea and China and has advised on several hundred consulting engagements throughout the Pacific Rim in more than a dozen countries.

He has also worked internationally to coach and train thousands of managers and executives to enhance their communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.  He has also worked with more than a thousand teams to enhance their effectiveness and increase their productivity. Some past external clients include Alliance Data, Amylin, Baxter Healthcare, BiogenIdec, Broadcom, Genentech, Kyocera, Lockheed Martin, Media Networks, Inc., Nikon, Neurocrine Biosciences, Northrop Grumman, Pfizer, Time Warner Cable, TRW, the U.S. Small Business Administration, ViaSat, WellPoint and Wells Fargo.


  • Ph.D.,  University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, 2005
  • M.A., University of Southern California, Communication Arts & Sciences, 1998
  • M.A., San Diego State University, Speech Communication, 1994
  • B.A., San Diego State University, School of Business Administration, 1991

Selected Publications:

  • Patton, G. H. (2009). Strictly Business: Educators at Business Programs in China talk about Teaching. China Economic Review. Vol. 20, No. 7, p. 24.
  • Patton, G. H. (2006). Tune up Your Engine: How Improved Communication helps Your Company Perform Better. (HR Perspective). Vision Magazine. pp. 24-25. (Mandarin)
  • Patton, G. H. (2005). Developing Business Communication Skills: Leveraging Stage Versus Global Processes of Change in Skills Improvement Approaches (Doctoral Dissertation, University of Southern California, 2005).
  • Patton, G., Monge, P., & Fulk, J. (2000). Policing Hawthorne. South Pasadena, CA: Keystone Communications.
  • Patton, G. & Davis, D. (1999). “Developing Participant Satisfaction Models of Experiential Exercises in
  • Business Education.” In S.W. Morgan & D. Page (Eds.), Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, 26. (Pp. 165-169). Madison, WI: Omnipress.
  • Patton, G., Davis, C, & Govahi, G. (1998). Predictive Models of Learning: Participant Satisfaction of Experiential Exercises in Business Education. In N. H. Leonard, & S.W. Morgan (Eds.), Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, 25. Madison, WI: Omnipress.
  • Patton, G. (1997). The Application of Organizational Motivational Principles: The Experiential Business
  • Simulation Motus Manufacturing. In J. K. Butler, Jr. & N. H. Leonard (Eds.), Developments in Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, 24 (pp. 283-288). Madison, WI: Omnipress.
  • Dreyer, J. & Patton, G. (1994). Speech Preparation Workbook. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Patton, G. (1994). A Rhetorical Analysis of Corporate Advocacy Narratives in a Public Moral Argument: The Case of Chevron’s "People Do” Environmental Campaign. (Thesis, San Diego State University).

Honors and Awards:

  • Team Member, Executive MBA Faculty Team Rated #1 in the World for the Teaching of Leadership and Management Skills. The Wall Street Journal, (2008). Member of the EMBA faculty team teaching themes in management, leadership, strategy and communication that collective led the USC EMBA Program to be ranked #1. Based on assessment of skills developed in strategic thinking, communication; team-building; influencing others; negotiation; general leadership; etc.
  • Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient, USC Asian-Pacific Leadership Institute, (2007). NetKAL Leadership Fellows Program. Selected by program Fellows as the top faculty member (teacher) in the Program, Recognized at the 2007 NetKAL Gala Event.
  • Outstanding Teaching & Mentoring Award Recipient, USC Parent’s Association, (2006). The award recognizes the top three faculty members from across the University who have inspired their students beyond the classroom and made a significant impact on the intellectual development of students, the campus and the community. Nominated twice (2005, 2006).
  • Even C. Thompson Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Award, Marshall School of Business (2006),
  • Established to honor USC Marshall faculty for exemplary classroom teaching, a small group of faculty members are honored annually for excellence in teaching and innovative learning.
  • Letter of Commendation, Vice Dean of Faculty, Marshall School of Business. Recognition for top tier teaching performance and student evaluations, 2006
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Honor Society. Honors exemplary performance of top professors. 2006.
  • Professor of the Year Award (2003, 2005), Gamma Sigma Alpha, National Greek Academic Honor Society Given to less then 1% of the faculty at USC, the award recognizes outstanding teaching and mentoring of USC undergraduate students. Honored twice.
  • Letters of Commendation (six times) from Dave Stewart, Deputy Dean of Faculty for top tier teaching performance and student evaluations, Marshall School of Business. 2000-2003.
  • Top Teaching Evaluations, Experiential Learning Center, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. (Top overall student evaluation scores for teaching – six semesters). 1995-1998.
  • Award for Excellence in Teaching. Presented by the Instructional and Developmental Division of the International Communication Association. 1993-1994