Donald Nordberg

Dr Donald Nordberg

  • Associate Professor
  • Executive Business Centre EB401, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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Donald Nordberg is engaged in his third career, this time as an academic. He is Associate Professor of Corporate Governance and Strategy. Current activities include:

  • Research: Writing on corporate governance and philosophy of management; author of The Cadbury Code and Recurrent Crisis (Palgrave, 2020) and Corporate Governance: Principles & Issues (Sage, 2011), dozens of scholarly works; editorial board member of Corporate Governance: An International Review and Philosophy of Management

  • Education: PhD supervision concerning corporate governance and organisation studies

  • Professional practice: Chair of Milestones Trust a major charity for people with learning difficulties and dementia; Non-Executive Director of Poole Arts Trust, operator of the Lighthouse
  • Background: For many years Don was a correspondent and editorial executive at Reuters, living in Germany, Switzerland, the US and the UK and working on assignment in many countries around world...



    Research in corporate governance, boards, codes and institutional theory; leader of the research cluster on Regulation, Corporate Governance & Taxation.

    Interested in inquiries for PhD supervision, especially qualitative studies of boards, investors, and the governance of inter-organisational collaboration.


    Journal Articles



    • Nordberg, D., 2011. Corporate governance and the Board. In: Idowu, S. and Louche, C., eds. Theory and Practice of Corporate Social Responsibility. Berlin: Springer, 39-53.
    • Nordberg, D., 2010. The Politics of Shareholder Activism. Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 409-425.
    • Nordberg, D., 2010. Unfettered Agents? The Role of Ethics in Corporate Governance. In: Baker, H.E. and Anderson, R., eds. Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 175-191.



    Internet Publications

    PhD Students

    • Bchr Alatassi, 2022. Towards an International Corporate Governance Model for both Western and Islamic Banking
    • Simbarashe Muzarurwi, 2025. Internal Audit influence in enhancing corporate governance in UK local government organisations
    • Murray Gladden, 2022. Chaebols and innovation ecosystems in South Korea
    • Dennis Seaman, 2020. Audit committees and corporate governance
    • Trang Vu, 2020. Academic Responses to Managerialism: The Exploration by Academic Identity Process
    • Man The Nguyen, 2020. Effect of political connection and ownership on firm performance in Vietnam
    • Tahani Mohamed, 2020. Evaluation of Tax Minimisation and Corporate Governance in UK Multinational Companies
    • Leslie Spiers, 2018. Corporate Governance and its contribution to risk and crisis management in small companies
    • Searchmore Muridzo, 2021. Viability of public broadcasting as principal media: the case of Zimbabwe
    • Carly Lamont. Identity and change in academic life

    Profile of Teaching PG

    • Corporate Control and Management (Guernsey), 2013-17
    • Course leader for MSc Corporate Governance 2012-16
    • Business Models, Resources & Intellectual Property 2014-18
    • Corporate Governance & Ethics (Guernsey), 2015
    • MBA Strategic Management, 2016-18

    Invited Lectures

    • Corporate governance codes: successes and failures, University of Bath, 22 Oct 2020 more
    • Different marches of the machines, Portsmouth, 20 Mar 2019 more
    • Corporate Governance Workshop, Hatfield, 18 Jun 2015 more
    • Research paper presetation, University of Roehampton, 20 May 2013 more
    • International corporate governance, University of Surrey, 08 May 2012 more
    • Research paper presentation to LCCGE, Bickbeck, University of London, 28 Oct 2011 more
    • Strategy and governance: Foundation for Effective Governance, Kiev, 2013
    • Strategy, innovation and governance, ESCEM, France: 2010


    • POSADEM - Positive about Dementia (Erasmus Mundus, 01 Oct 2014). Completed
    • Dementia Leadership Programme (UK Department of Health, 01 Feb 2013). Completed

    External Responsibilities

    • Philosophy of Management (Springer), Editorial Board Member (2020-),
    • University of Winchester PhD examination, PhD external examiner (2019-)
    • Corporate Governance: An International Review (Wiley), Editorial Board member (2019-)
    • Milestones Trust, Chair of the Board of Trustees (2018-),
    • Poole Arts Trust - The Lighthouse, Trustee, Board of Directors (2018-),
    • University of Roehampton PhD examination, PhD examiner (2017-2018)
    • University of Winchester PhD examination, PhD examiner (2017-2018)
    • British Academy of Management, Track chair, corporate governance (2016-)
    • University of Exeter, External Examiner, MSc International Business (2012-2016)
    • Management Decision (Emerald), Editorial Board member (2011-2019)
    • Management Decision (Emerald), Editorial Board member (2011-2019)
    • University of Northampton, External examiner for validation event (-2014)

    Internal Responsibilities

    • Programme leader, MSc Corporate Governance
    • BU liaison for accreditation and programme development, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
    • Research cluster leader, Regulation, Corporate Governance and Taxation research cluster
    • Reviewed papers for light-touch review; coordinated reviewing for cluster, Internal review for REF2020
    • PhD examiner, FM Department of Leadership, Strategy & Organisations, Faculty of Management
    • PhD transfer examiner, FMC School of Journalism, English & Communication, Faculty of Media & Communications
    • PhD transfer examiner, FM Department of Leadership, Strategy & Organisations, Faculty of Management
    • PhD transfer examiner, FM Department of Leadership, Strategy & Organisations, Faculty of Management
    • PhD transfer examiner, FM Department of Marketing, Faculty of Management
    • PhD transfer examiner, FM Department of Leadership, Strategy & Organisations, Faculty of Management
    • PhD transfer examiner, FM Department of Leadership, Strategy & Organisations, Faculty of Management
    • PhD transfer examiner, FM Department of Tourism & Hospitality, Faculty of Management
    • PhD transfer examiner, Business School, Department of Law
    • Chair, PhD examination, FMC Department of Media Production, Faculty of Media & Communications
    • Member, University PGR examination committee

    Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

    • Invited lecture to members of Transpire UK, a Bristol-based executive network
    • Urged the UK Financial Reporting Council to pay attention to the need for professionalisation of the practice of board evaluation as part of its revision of the UK Corporate Governance Code. A letter written jointly with Rebecca Booth, a board service practitioner with the Carey Group Guernsey, and an alumna of the BU MSc in Corporate Governance
    • Talk to students at University of Southampton on business skills and employment
    • Invited guest for practitioner/academic exchange on the future of the corporate and its governance, Brussels
    • Presented the POSADEM project to members of the Dorset Dementia Partnership
    • Talk on how ethical theory helps us interpret business decisions
    • Seminar from staff and students describing the process of theory development
    • Seminar for research students
    • Challenge conventional thinking on leadership in education
    • Challenge conventional thinking on higher education
    • Senior Adviser on corporate governance, The Conference Board of New York, 2005-08
    • POSADEM - developing a European PG programme about being positive about dementia
    • PhD student seminar on research philosophies - October 2014
    • Ontology? Epistemology? It's All Greek to Me - seminar on philosophies of management research
    • Member of ICAEW working party on XBRL, 1998-2001
    • Leadership Development for House of Commons senior staff, 2011-14
    • Leadership development for dementia care CEOs, 2012-14
    • Festival of Learning 2014 - MOOCs for staff development?
    • Festival of Learning 2014 - Better Boards, Better Performance
    • Corporate governance training for Balkan journalists, World Bank/IFC; 2007
    • Corporate governance briefing for Indian executives, The Conference Board of New York: 2007
    • Contributed to research on human capital management, The Conference Board of New York: 2006
    • Contributed to research on Enterprise Risk Management, The Conference Board of New York: 2005

    Consultancy Activities

    • Leadership for Parliament, Training. House of Commons, University of Westminster, 01 Nov 2011

    Attended Training

    • Training for experienced research supervisors, 04 Dec 2018
    • Research supervision for experienced supervisors, 12 May 2015
    • University of Westminster PG programme, 01 Nov 2011


    • PhD in Management Studies (University of Liverpool, 2012)
    • PGCE in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (London Metropolitan University, 2006)
    • MBA in Strategic Marketing (University of Warwick, 1994)
    • MA in English (University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1973)
    • AB in English (University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1971)


    • Best Full Paper in Corporate Governance (British Academy of Management, 2019)
    • Best Full Paper in Management and Business History (British Academy of Management, 2016)
    • Visiting Professor of Journalism (City, University of London, 2007)


    • Chartered Management Institute, Fellow (2016-),
    • European Academy of Management, Member (2014-2015),
    • ICSA - The Governance Institute, Associate (2013-2018),
    • Academy of Management, Member (2012-2019),
    • Peter Drucker Society London, Member (2012-2014),
    • European Group for Organizational Studies, Member (2011-2014),
    • IDEaS - Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Member (2010-),
    • London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics, Associate (2010-),
    • British Academy of Management, Member (2008-),
    • Centre for International Business and Sustainability, Founder member (2008-2013),
    • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2006-),
    • Investor Relations Society, Member (1996-2002),


    • London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics
    • Alternatives within ... A network of heterodox economists, lawyers and management scholars from Birkbeck University of London, Cass Business School, University of Hertfordshire, University of Leeds, 2nd University of Naples and Bournemouth University

    External Media and Press

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