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Doctor of Business Administration

DavidĀ O'Connell

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


Why did you decide to study organizational behavior?

I am fascinated by the way people engage in and work in organizations.

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. 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.

Download Dr. O'Connell's CV (pdf)


DBA, Boston University

Executive MBA, University of New Mexico

MA, BA, University of New Mexico
Speech Communication


Courses Taught

Organizational Theory and Organizational Behavior
Organizational Leadership
Human Resource Management
Foundations of Business

Human Behavior in Organizations
Human Resource Management
Leadership through People Skills

Research Methodologies
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Theory
Case Research

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.

Papers in Progress
Deploying The Fuzzy DBA Line: Knowledge Transfer and Transformation in the Lives of Doctorate of Business Administration Alumni. Submitted to the 2017 Midwest Academy of Management. A nuanced exploration of the experience of alumni of a part-time DBA program, examining how program learning and development is manifested in the professional and personal lives of program graduates. This paper contributes to the growing interest in alternative doctoral education programming, extending insight from the student and recent graduate experience to the more distal effects of program-related learning. Potential target journal: Journal of Management Education.

An empirical investigation of the impacts of large- group organizational visioning. This study, based on survey and qualitative data, explores the relationships of participation in a large-group visioning process, personal impacts, and perceived organizational impacts. Target journal: Group & Organization Management.

Grace at the Interface. A concept paper for consideration at 2017 Midwest Academy of Management meeting. The paper explores interfaces in which grace may operate in the workplace, both intra personally and interpersonally. This paper builds on some work developed for the paper presented at the 2016 Midwest Academy Paper - Toward a Place for Grace in Management Research, October 2016, Fargo ND. Potential target journal: Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion.

Stories of Grace. A qualitative study of individuals' concepts of grace, its manifestations, consequences and potential downsides in the workplace. 30 interviews conducted. The goal is to present a nuanced understanding of people's experience of grace, as givers and receivers, in the workplace. Targeted for journal submission in September 2017. Potential target journal: Journal of Biblical Integration in Business.