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 Strategy and Corporate Governance. Current activities include:

  • Research: Writing and PhD supervision on corporate governance, innovation, and the philosophy of management; author of the book Corporate Governance: Principles & Issues (Sage Publications, 2011), dozens of journal articles and scholarly works; editorial board member of Management Decision; chair of the corporate governance track at the British Academy of Management

  • Education: Teaching innovation management, strategy, and corporate governance and ethics

  • Professional practice: Chair of the board of trustees of a charity in the South West of England serving people with learning difficulties and dementia
  • Background:

    For many years Don was a news correspondent and editorial executive at Reuters, living in Germany, Switzerland, the United States 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. 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.
    • Nordberg, D., 2010. The Politics of Shareholder Activism. Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 409-425.


    Internet Publications

    PhD Students

    • Simbarashe Muzarurwi, 2025. Internal Audit influence in enhancing corporate governance in UK local government organisations
    • Dennis Seaman, 2020. Audit committees and corporate governance
    • Tahani Mohamed, 2018. Evaluation of Tax Minimisation and Corporate Governance in UK Multinational Companies
    • Man The Nguyen, 2019. Effect of corporate governance and ownership on firm performance in Vietnam
    • Searchmore Muridzo, 2019. Viability of public broadcasting as principal media: the case of Zimbabwe
    • Bchr Alatassi. Towards an International Corporate Governance Model for both Western and Islamic Bankin
    • Maxwell Saban. How entrepreneurs learn to grow through mentoring
    • Leslie Spiers. Effectiveness of code for boards of private companies
    • Carly Lamont. Identity and change in academic life

    Profile of Teaching PG

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

    Invited Lectures

    • Corporate Governance Workshop, Hatfield, 18 Jun 2015 more
    • Rules of the Game: Birkbeck, University of London: 2011
    • Strategy, innovation and governance, ESCEM, France: 2010
    • Strategy and governance: Foundation for Effective Governance, Kiev, 2013
    • Rules of the Game: University of Roehampton: 2013
    • Corporate Governance at an international level, University of Surrey, 2012


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

    External Responsibilities

    • Anglia Ruskin University PhD examination, PhD examiner (2018-)
    • Milestones Trust, Chair-elect of the Board of Trustees (2018-),
    • University of Winchester PhD examination, PhD examiner (2017-2018)
    • University of Roehampton 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)
    • University of Northampton, External examiner for validation event (-2014)

    Internal Responsibilities

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

    Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

    • 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

    • Research supervision for experienced supervisors, 12 May 2015
    • University of Westminster PG programme, 01 Nov 2011


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


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


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


    • 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
    • London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics

    External Media and Press

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