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Doctor of Business Administration

DavidĀ O'Connell

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DBA Director


Main Campus
Ambrose Hall, AH315B
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803



Dave O'Connell joined the faculty of St. Ambrose University in 1998. He earned a DBA in Organizational Behavior from Boston University.

Dr. O'Connell has had articles accepted at the Journal of Management Education, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, Organization Management Journal, and The CASE Journal. He also published a book review in Administrative Science Quarterly. His research has included contingent employment success factors, team development, leadership, adaptability and case pedagogy. 

Dr. O'Connell has been actively involved in the Midwest Academy of Management, serving as chair of two tracks: Case Research and HR & Careers. He has also occasionally served as a consultant and trainer to organizations in strategic planning, employee job satisfaction, and supervisor development.

Prior to doctoral studies, Dr. O'Connell served the Public Service Company of New Mexico in a number of communications and research capacities, from 1979 through 1993. 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.


Courses Taught

Organizational Behavior, Organizational Theory, Organizational Culture, Conflict and Negotiation, Research Methods I, topics course on Careers in the DBA.

He also teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior.


Recent or Noteworthy Publications

O'Connell, Hickerson & Pillutla (2011). Organizational Visioning: An Integrative Review. Group & Organization Management, 36, 102-125.

Ebener & O'Connell (2010). How Might Servant Leadership Work? Journal of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 20(3), 315-336. 

O'Connell & Herlein (2009). The Marvel of Plant 4: The Journey of Self-Direction at Bridgestone Bandag. People & Strategy, 34(9), 34-43. 

McCallum & O'Connell (2009). Social Capital and Leadership Development: Building Stronger Leadership through Enhancing Relational Skills. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 30(2), 152-166. 

O'Connell (2008). Breaking the Ice with a Gutted Rooster: Reflection on a Messy Day One. Organization Management Journal, 5(4), 189-193. 

Hickerson, O'Connell & Pillutla (2008). Sally's Dilemma: Making Tough Choices in Collaborative Visioning. The CASE Journal, 4(2), 10-26. 

O'Connell, McNeely & Hall (2008). Unpacking Personal Adaptability. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 14(3), 248-251.


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