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Joe Gladstone

Scholarly Associate Professor - Career
Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship


Phone: (425) 405-1593


  • PhD (New Mexico State University)
  • Other (University of Arizona)
  • BS (University of Montana)

Joe Gladstone

Joseph Scott Gladstone, Ph.D., MPH, is an assistant professor of management at Washington State University's Everett campus. His research explores culturally relevant management education, notably the intersection of western-influenced management science and Native American and Indigenous Peoples cultures. His research is discovering and developing management education strategies utilizing cooperative extension services. Dr. Gladstone's international work explores transplanar wisdom, a foundational Native American and Indigenous philosophy, and its influences on organization management, efficiency, and ethics. His work is published in Academy of Management Learning & Education, Leadership, The Journal of Management Education, American Indian Quarterly and American Indian Culture and Research Journal, as well as other journals and numerous book chapters. He is a co-editor of American Indian Business: Principles and Practice (University of Washington Press), the first and only general management text of its kind serving the U.S. market. Dr. Gladstone founded the Native and Indigenous Peoples Caucus in the Academy of Management. The NAIPC today represents a global cadre of scholars promoting and advocating for Native and Indigenous management epistemology as equal to current, dominant Western-influence management thought. He is a founding member of NABSWASAI, the Native American Business Scholars working group. He is a past-president of the PhD Project Management Doctoral Students Association and serves as one of their faculty advisors. Dr. Gladstone is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe of Montana, and recognized Nez Perce (Idaho) descendant. He is originally from his campus site in the U.S. Pacific Northwest while retaining a home in southern New Mexico. He earned his Ph.D. at New Mexico State University, where he studied Management under David Boje, and Native American philosophy under Gregory Cajete (Tewa) and Don Pepion (Piikani). He holds a Master of Public Health degree in community health education and promotion from the University of Arizona, where he focused on tribal health program management issues.

Research Interests

cross cultural studies
cultural values
effects of national culture and social institutions on entrepreneurship
institutional change
qualitative methodologies
social meaning

Teaching Interests

general management
leadership skills
negotiation skills
organizational behavior
organizational change & design
society and business

Journal Articles

  • Joseph Gladstone, Daniel Stewart Coyote Learns Indigenous Academic Writing Indigenous Business and Public Administration, 2023
  • Mary Beth Doucette, Joseph Gladstone, Teddy Carter Indigenous Conversational Approach to History and Business Education Academy of Management Learning and Education, 2021

    Books/Book Chapters

    • Book Chapter Joseph Gladstone Native American Spirituality and Economic Ethics
    • Book Chapter Joseph Gladstone Native American Transplanar Wisdom: A Pragmatic View and Application
    • Book Chapter Joseph Gladstone Coyote Learns Commerce
    • Book Chapter Joseph Gladstone Coyote Learns to Manage a Health Program
    • Book Chapter Joseph Gladstone Embracing Cultural Tradition: Historic Business Activity By Native People In The Western United States
    • Book Chapter Joseph Gladstone Native American Transplanar Wisdom
    • Book Chapter Joseph Gladstone Transplanar Wisdom: The Quantum Spirit of Native American Storytelling
    • Book Chapter Edwina Pio, Sandra Waddock, Mzamo Mangaliso, Malcolm McIntosh, Chellie Spiller, Hiroshi Takeda, Joseph Gladstone, Marcus Ho, Jawad Syed Pipeline to the future: Seeking wisdom in indigenous, eastern, and western traditions