Professor of Leadership and Ethics at The Graduate School of Management, Plymouth University
Donna brings her background in philosophy and organisational behaviour to her teaching in the areas of leadership, ethics, and leading for sustainability. Her research approach is often Action Research based or uses aesthetically based or phenomenologically informed orientations.
Originally from the USA, Donna did her first degree at Yale University where she majored in Music and Philosophy. On moving to the UK in 1983, she undertook her MBA and PhD in Organisational Behaviour at Cranfield School of Management, where she also lectured until 1997. She furthered her studies in philosophy by undertaking a Masters in Environmental Philosophy at Lancaster University in 2004.
Donna's current research interests focus on the ethical practice of leadership, the inter-relationship between aesthetics and business ethics, and exploring the role leadership plays in enabling organisations to mobilise towards ecologically sustainable ends. In all of her work she seeks to highlight new and creative practices and to explore models of leadership which challenge more traditional views.