Donald Nordberg

Dr Donald Nordberg

  • Associate Professor
  • Executive Business Centre EB401, Bournemouth University, 89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EB
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Biography

Donald Nordberg is engaged in his third career, this time as an academic. He is Associate Professor of Corporate Governance. 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 mental health problems; Non-Executive Director of Poole Arts Trust, operator of 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...

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    Research

    Research in corporate governance, boards, codes and institutional theory. I am especially interested in how philosophical perspectives can help us understand the complexity of governing organisations of various forms. My recent work has dealt with ethics and boards of directors, how aesthetics can help to explain board decision-making processes, and how political philosophy can inform how we understand the relationship between corporations and their investors.

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

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    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

    Quality education

    "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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    Peace, justice and strong institutions

    "Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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    Journal Articles

    Books

    Chapters

    • Nordberg, D., 2023. A pragmatist case for thoughtfulness and experimentation in corporate governance. In: Talaulicar, T., ed. Research Handbook on Corporate Governance and Ethics. Cheltenham, Glos.: Edward Elgar.
    • Nordberg, D., 2022. Liminality, purpose, and psychological ownership: Board decision practices as a route to stewardship. In: Marnet, O., ed. Research Handbook on Corporate Board Decision-Making. Cheltenham, Glos.: Edward Elgar.
    • 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.

    Conferences

    Reports

    Internet Publications

    PhD Students

    • Carly Lamont. Identity and change in academic life
    • Leslie Spiers, 2018. Corporate Governance and its contribution to risk and crisis management in small companies
    • Bchr Alatassi, 2022. Towards an International Corporate Governance Model for both Western and Islamic Banking
    • Searchmore Muridzo, 2021. Viability of public broadcasting as principal media: the case of Zimbabwe
    • 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
    • Dennis Seaman, 2020. Audit committees and corporate governance
    • Simbarashe Muzarurwi, 2025. Internal Audit influence in enhancing corporate governance in UK local government organisations
    • Trang Vu, 2022. Academic Responses to Managerialism: The Exploration by Academic Identity Process, (Completed)

    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

    Profile of Teaching UG

    • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance Research
    • Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Reporting

    Invited Lectures

    • Leading by hubris: Storytelling and mythmaking, Southampton, 08 Jun 2022 more
    • Charity governance, practice and theory, University of Bath, 04 May 2021 more
    • 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

    Grants

    • 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-), https://www.springer.com/journal/40926/editors
    • 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-), https://www.milestonestrust.org.uk/
    • Poole Arts Trust - The Lighthouse, Trustee, Board of Directors (2018-), https://www.lighthousepoole.co.uk/about/our-trustees/
    • 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 (2016-2019)
    • 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

    • Member, University PGR examination committee
    • Chair, PhD examination, FMC Department of Media Production, 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 School of Journalism, English & Communication, 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

    Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

    • International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 01 Nov 2022
    • European Academy of Management, Anonymous peer review, 01 Feb 2022
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, 01 Jan 2022
    • Philosophy of Management, 01 Jan 2022
    • Review of Managerial Science, 01 Jan 2022
    • Review of Managerial Science, Anonymous peer review, 23 Dec 2021
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, Anonymous peer review, 06 Dec 2021
    • Philosophy of Management, Anonymous peer review, 01 Nov 2021
    • Public Management Review, Anonymous peer review, 15 Oct 2021
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, Anonymous peer review, 10 Oct 2021
    • International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, Anonymous peer review, 01 May 2021
    • British Academy of Management conference, Anonymous peer review, 05 Apr 2021
    • Philosophy of Management, Anonymous peer review, 19 Feb 2021
    • Review of Managerial Science, Anonymous peer review, 06 Feb 2021
    • Journal of Management Studies, Anonymous peer review, 20 Jan 2021
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, Anonymous peer review, 11 Dec 2020
    • Journal of Applied Accounting Research, Anonymous peer review, 25 Nov 2020
    • Management Decision, Anonymous peer review, 23 Oct 2020
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, Anonymous peer review, 01 Oct 2020
    • ESRC major grant prosposal, Anonymous peer review, 28 Aug 2020
    • Philosophy of Management, Anonymous peer review, 15 Aug 2020
    • Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jul 2020
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, Anonymous peer review, 25 Jun 2020
    • Management Decision, 17 Jun 2020
    • European Management Review, Anonymous peer review, 01 Apr 2020
    • Book proposal for Palgrave Macmillan, Anonymous peer review, 25 Mar 2020
    • Competition and Change: the journal of global political economy, Anonymous peer review, 16 Feb 2020
    • Philosophy of Management, Anonymous peer review, 01 Feb 2020
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, Anonymous peer review, 01 Feb 2020
    • British Academy of Management small grants, Anonymous peer review, 18 Apr 2019
    • ESRC major grant proposal, Anonymous peer review, 01 Feb 2019
    • Journal of Business Ethics, Anonymous peer review, 04 Dec 2018
    • Philosophy of Management, Anonymous peer review, 15 Aug 2018
    • Corporate Governance: An International Review, Anonymous peer review, 01 Apr 2018
    • British Academy Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme, Anonymous peer review, 20 Nov 2017
    • Management Decision, Anonymous peer review, 15 Nov 2017
    • Corporate Governance: An International Review, Anonymous peer review, 15 Nov 2017
    • British Academy of Management Small Grants, Anonymous peer review, 01 Sep 2017
    • Management Decision, Anonymous peer review, 01 May 2017
    • Economics and Business Review, Anonymous peer review, 09 Jan 2017
    • Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Anonymous peer review, 01 Dec 2016
    • Management Decision, Anonymous peer review, 01 Apr 2016
    • International Journal of Management Reviews, Anonymous peer review, 01 Mar 2016
    • Group and Organization Management, Anonymous peer review, 01 Mar 2015
    • International Journal of Innovation & Sustainable Development, Anonymous peer review, 01 Apr 2013
    • Management Decision, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jul 2011
    • Journalism: theory, practice and criticism, Anonymous peer review, 01 Apr 2011
    • Corporate Governance (Oxford): an international review, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jul 2008
    • European Journal of Marketing, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jul 2007

    Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

    • Talk on boards and risk assurance (02 Apr 2019)
    • Contribution to UK Corporate Governance Code consultation (01 Feb 2018-28 Feb 2018)
    • Symposium participation (27 Sep 2016)
    • Engagement with Dorset Dementia Partnership (09 Mar 2016)
    • The game, the rules, and what happens when the don't fit: governance at Liverpool FC (03 Dec 2015)
    • PhD seminar: Theories, models, concepts, frameworks and all that jazz (18 Nov 2015)
    • Building theory from literature: the case of active ownership (18 Nov 2015)
    • Provocateur for Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership (14 Jul 2015)
    • Provocateur for Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership (15 Jul 2014)

    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

    Qualifications

    • PhD in Management Studies - Corporate Governance (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)

    Honours

    • Best Reviewer (Corporate Governance track) (European Academy of Management, 2022)
    • 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)

    Memberships

    • Chartered Management Institute, Fellow (2016-), http://www.managers.org.uk/
    • European Academy of Management, Member (2014-2015),
    • ICSA - The Governance Institute, Associate (2013-2018), http://www.icsa.org.uk/
    • 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), http://www.irs.org.uk/

    Networks

    • Associate of <a href="https://www.bath.ac.uk/teams/associates-of-the-centre-for-governance-regulation-and-industrial-strategy-cgr-is/">Centre for Governance, Regulation and Industrial Strategy </a> at University of Bath
    • 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

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    External Media and Press