John Girard, Ph.D. is a full professor of management at Minot State University, North Dakota. John’s current research interests include knowledge management, social media, virtual business, and international management. John is actively engaged in research, having written more than 30 articles and chapters for peer-reviewed or trade journals and books. He is the lead author/editor of four books: Building Organizational Memories: Will you know what you knew? (2009), A Leader’s Guide to Knowledge Management: Drawing on the Past to Enhance Future Performance (2009), Social Knowledge: Using Social Media to Know What You Know (2011) and Business Goes Virtual: Realizing the Value of Collaboration, Social and Virtual Strategies (2011). John is a graduate of Touro University International, where he completed a PhD in Business Administration and an MBA, and of the University of Manitoba where he achieved a BSc. In addition, John is a graduate of Canadian Forces College, Toronto and the Royal Military College of Science in the United Kingdom. John is frequent international speaker who has spoken at events in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America including KM World, APQC’s Knowledge Management Conference, the World Congress on Intellectual Capital, KM Australia, InfoVision India, KM Asia, KM Middle East and many other events. John sailed with Semester at Sea for Maymester 2011.