Dr. Gerdes is the author or editor of several books.

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The Bottom Line: Lessons in Leadership and Management is an easy-to-read overview of  the principles of management. The book focuses on the role of leadership in management, following the admonition to manage things but lead people.  If you are looking for a systematic overview of the most important concepts in management, read this book.

It can be purchased through the Charleston University Bookstore by clicking here.

Case Studies

As a companion to The Bottom Line, Dr. Gerdes has written a short case studies book: Case Studies in Leadership and Management. The cases illuminate the principles of management, providing the reader synthetic experience for the leadership journey. The cases are built on Dr. Gerdes’ practical and consulting experience.

It can be purchased through the Charleston University Bookstore by clicking here.


Dorm Room to BoardRoomHe has also edited a book about finding a job on behalf of Christy’s Legacy of Hope, a nonprofit 501(C)3 whose purpose is to support missionaries who seek to work in orphanages in China. All the net profit from the eBook go to the organization. This book can be purchased on


Dr. Gerdes is the Director of the MBA program at Charleston Southern University

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