David O'Connell, DBA


Dr. David O'Connell is a Professor in the Department of Management. A member of the faculty since 1998, he has taught courses in leadership, organization theory, conflict and negotiation, human resource management, case research, principles of management, and research methods. Dr. O'Connell served as the Dean of the College of Business at St. Ambrose University from 2010-2014. Dr. O'Connell was named Outstanding Graduate Professor at the University in 2011 and received the Faculty Teaching Award in the College of Business in 2020.

Dr. O'Connell has published articles in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Group & Organization Management, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, People & Strategy, the CASE Journal, Organization and Management Journal, and the Journal of Management Education. His research and writing have focused on organizational vision, team development, leadership development, personal adaptability, grace in the workplace, and management pedagogy. Dr. O'Connell has served on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Academy of Management, where he has been an active member for several years. He has also worked with a number of organizations in a consulting or training capacity.

Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, Dr. O'Connell served the Public Service Company of New Mexico in communications and research capacities. While a graduate student at Boston University he worked with the Executive Development Roundtable, the Human Resources Policy Institute, and the Boston University School of Public Health.

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Education and Training

  • DBA, Boston University
  • Executive MBA, University of New Mexico
  • MA, BA, University of New Mexico, Speech Communication

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Courses Taught

MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 325 Leadership in Organizations
MGMT 332 Organizational Theory and Behavior
MBA 615 Ethical and Social Responsibility of Business
MBA 621 Human Behavior in Organizations
MBA 690 Leadership through People Skills
MBA 715 Employee Engagement
DBA 910 Analyzing Behavior in Organizations
DBA 911 Managing Human Resources in a Global Environment
DBA 925 Case Research
DBA 930 Employee Engagement
DBA 951 Organizational Culture
DBA 970 Collegiate Teaching

Publications and Presentations

O'Connell, D. (2021). What's your leadership style? (Invited article), Insights magazine. Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

O'Connell, D. (2019). Grace in the workplace: Descriptions, actions and impacts. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Academy of Management, Omaha, NE.

O'Connell, D. (2017). The fuzzy DBA line: Knowledge transfer and transformation. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.

O'Connell, D. (2016). Toward a place for grace in management research. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Academy of Management, Fargo, ND.

Scaperlanda-Herlein, M., & O'Connell, D. (2012). An examination of managerial competencies and their relationships to performance. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Academy of Management, Itasca, IL.

O'Connell, D., Hickerson, K., & Pillutla, A. (2011). Organizational visioning: An integrative review. Group & Organization Management, 36, 102-125.

Ebener, D., & O'Connell, D (2010). How might servant leadership work? Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 20(3), 315-336.

O'Connell, D., & Herlein, M. (2009). The marvel of plant 4: The journey of self-direction at Bridgestone Bandag. People & Strategy, 34(9), 34-43.

O'Connell, D., & Kleine, R. (2009). Doing good...but doing well? The story of Bob Gentry Outreach Services. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.

McCallum, S., & O'Connell, D. (2009). Social capital and leadership development: Building stronger leadership through enhancing relational skills. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 30(2), 152-166.

O'Connell, D. (2009). Termination. In A. Gilley, J.W. Gilley, S. A. Quatro & P. Dixon (Eds), The Praeger handbook of human resource management. Westport, CT: Praeger.

O'Connell, D. (2008). Breaking the ice with a gutted rooster: Reflection on a messy day one. Organization Management Journal, 5(4), 189-193.

Hickerson, K., O'Connell, D., & Pillutla, A. (2008). Sally's dilemma: Making tough choices in collaborative visioning. The CASE Journal, 4(2), 10-26.

O'Connell, D., McNeely, E., & Hall, D. (2008). Unpacking personal adaptability. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 14(3), 248-251.

McCarthy, J., O'Connell, D., Hall, D., & Wang, J. (2007). 21st century learning: Leadership lessons from collaborative case research, teaching and scholarship. The CASE Journal, 3(2), 117-130.

McCarthy, J., O'Connell, D., & Hall, D. (2005). Leading beyond tragedy: The power of the leader's personal identity and adaptability. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 26(6), 458-475.

O'Connell, D. (2005). Pastor Karl at Whitney Avenue Congregational Church: A teaching case in culture and leadership. The CASE Journal, 1(2), 37-45.

Carlock, B., & O'Connell, D. (2005). The CNC Financial Services Group: A case study of team formation and recruitment by another company. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 12(1), 118-126.

O'Connell, D., McCarthy, J., & Hall, D. (2004). Print, video, or the CEO: The impact of media in teaching leadership with the case method. Journal of Management Education, 28(3), 294-318.

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