Maria Nathan, PhD

Professor of Business Administration and Management, Chair of Department of Management

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD in Management and Organization
    School of Business, The University of Southern California
  • MA in Applied Psychology; Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Psychometrics 
    University of Missouri
  • MA in Developmental Psychology
    University of Akron (Ohio)
  • BA in General Psychology
    University of Akron (Ohio)

Additional Training

  • Spanish, San Miguel de Allende, Escuela de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, July 2003; and Lynchburg College Spanish program, 2003
  • Business Spanish, Department of Spanish, Lynchburg College. Lynchburg, Va., 2004, 2006
  • International Management, School of Business, the University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, Summer 1995

Experience

  • Visiting Professor of Management, School of Management, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, S.A.R., China, 2008
  • Professor of Management, Business Policy, School of Business and Economics, Lynchburg College, 2006 - present
  • Associate Professor of Management, Business Policy, School of Business and Economics, Lynchburg College, 2000-2006
  • Visiting Professor, School for International Relations, Ramkhamheung University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2004 - present
  • Adjunct Professor, International School of Management, Paris, France, spring breaks 2005 - present
  • Visiting Professor, Fachhochshule Vorarlberg, Dornbirn, Austria, 2006, 2007

Teaching Areas

  • Global Policy/Strategic Management*
  • International Management
  • Principles of Management*
  • Organizational Behavior*
  • Strategic Human Resource Management*
  • Organization Theory*
  • Organization Development/Change
  • Nonprofit Governance
  • Crisis Management Theory and Practice*
  • Leadership and the Classics
  • Leadership and Ethics*
  • Introduction to Business
  • Integrated Business Principles
  • Business-to-Business Marketing
  • International Business Office Management
  • International Business*
  • Research Methods*

* Both graduate and undergraduate

Publications, Presentations, and Research

Selected Refereed Publications

  • "Lighting Tomorrow with Today: Toward (Strategic) Sustainability Management," International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management, 2010.
  • "How power dynamics impact the content and process of nonprofit CEO learning," Management Learning, 2008.
  • "Nonprofit CEO's: How their context impacts what, how, and why they learn," Nonprofit Management and Leadership Journal, in press.
  • "Producing actionable knowledge: Applying Mezirow's theory to the managerial learning context," Best Paper Proceedings, National Academy of Management, Summer, 2004 and Management Learning Journal, in press.
  • "How past remains prologue: A sense-making interpretation of the hindsight-foresight relationship,"Futures, Elsevier Science 36 (2004): 181-199.
  • "No pain, yet gain: Vicarious learning from crises in an inter-organizational field," Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 38 no. 2 (2002): 245-266.
  • "Team sense-making: A mental model for navigating uncharted territories,Journal of Managerial Issues14 no. 2 (2002): 198-217.
  • "Mindfulness matters," Central Review of Business (Winter 2001): 27-32.
  • "A role for the individual learner in achieving sustainable competitive advantage," Management Development Forum (2000): 35-52.
  • "Interviews with well-practiced preachers: Perspectives on spirituality, leadership, and the workplace,"Journal of Ministry Marketing and Management 5 no. 2 (2000): 35-50.
  • "The paradoxical nature of crisis," Review of Business 21 no. 3 (2000): 12-16.
  • "Timing is everything: The optimal time to learn from crises," Review of Business 21 no. 3 (2000): 31-36.
  • "Complex systems and sense-making teams: Conflicts, connectedness, and leadership," In Advanced Concepts in Work Teams, ed. M.M. Beyerlein, D.A. Johnson, and S.T. Beyerlein (Stamford, Connecticut: JAI Press, 2000), 219-238.
  • "Crisis causation re-framed," Central Review of Business (1999): 29-35.
  • "Using tough times to competitive advantage," Review of Business 19 no. 2 (1998): 4-9.
  • "The nonprofit executive as chief learning officer," Nonprofit World Journa16 no. 2 (1998): 39-41.
  • "Turning threat into opportunity," International Association of Management Journal 9 no. 1 (1997): 50-55.
  • "Mavericks, visionaries, protectors, and sages: Towards cognitive diversity in organizational decision making," Journal of Business Strategies 14 no. 2 (1997): 106-125.

Recent Paper Presentations and Proceedings

  • "Convergence, Context, Crossvergence: Contending Perspectives on Strategic Management in Asia vs. the West," International Conference on Advances in Management, Boston, Mass., Summer 2008.
  • "The Crisis Conscious Organization," International Conference for Advances in Management, Niagara Falls, Canada, Summer 2007.
  • "A Goliath Meets Goliath: The Global Business Coalition and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic," International Conference on Advances in Management, Portugal, Summer 2006.
  • "Fates Yoked; Pandemic Provoked: HIV/AIDS and Public Sector Collaboration," International Conference on Advances in Management, Portugal, Summer 2006.
  • "The case method and its variations," International Conference on Teaching and Learning, Cocoa Beach, Fla., 2005.
  • "Producing actionable knowledge: Applying Mezirow's theory to the managerial learning context," Management and Education Division, National Academy of Management, New Orleans, La., Summer, 2004.
  • "Living the Liberal Arts Mission! A Cross-Disciplinary Initiative," Intellectual Leadership in the Liberal Arts, American Conference of Academic Deans and Phi Beta Kappa, Charleston, S.C., October 2003.
  • Expert panel participant, "Crisis management: Where we have been and where we need to go," National Academy of Management, Seattle, Wash., 2003.
  • "Management education's 'death of distance' via the service learning experience," Joint presentation to the Management Education and Social Issues in Management Divisions, National Academy of Management, Seattle, Wash., August 2003.
  • "How past remains prologue: A sense-making interpretation of the hindsight-foresight relationship," International Conference at the University of Strathclyde Graduate School of Business, Glasgow, United Kingdom, July 2002.
  • "No pain, yet gain: Vicarious learning from crisis in an inter-organizational field," accepted for presentation by the National Academy of Management, Washington, D.C., 2001.
  • "A role for the individual learner in achieving sustainable competitive advantage," Global Management Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 2001.
  • "Teaching leadership via the classics," National Academy of Management, Organizational Behavior and Management Education Development Divisions, Washington, D.C., 2001.
  • "Crises and the art of learning vicariously," National Academy of Management, Chicago, Ill., 1999.

Research Expertise

  1. Theoretical Foundations of Crisis Management; Inter-Organizational Crisis Management and Development; use of Crises for Organizational Transformation; Organizational Learning from Crises; Crises and Systems Thinking.
  2. Organizational and Trans-Organizational Learning; Individual as Learner (adult learner)
  3. Strategic Management and Planning - For Profit, Nonprofit/Public
  4. Strategic Decision Processes (Strategic Motives, Strategic Decision Making)
  5. Strategic Human Resource Management
  6. Leadership Theory and Practice

Selected Awards and Grants

  • North American Management Society Conference Irwin-McGraw Hill Best Paper Award, 2011
  • James A. Huston Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Lynchburg College, 2010, 2011
  • Best Reviewer Award, Management Education and Development, National Academy of Management, Atlanta, Ga., 2006
  • Best Reviewer Award, Management Education and Development Division, National Academy of Management: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Teaching Grant, "The Case Method and its Variations", Lynchburg College, 2005
  • IBM Center for the Business of Government, Research Fellowship, Washington, D.C., 2005
  • Scholar Leave Award (competitive), 'Trans-Organizational Crisis Management: A Complement of Three Organizational Studies Pertaining to the International AIDS Pandemic,'' Lynchburg College, Fall 2005
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, Crisis Management, 2005
  • Best Paper Award, Management Education and Development Division, National Academy of Management, New Orleans, La., 2004
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, China, Summer 2004
  • Best Reviewer Award, Management Education and Development Division, National Academy of Management, New Orleans, La., 2004
  • Best Paper Proceedings, National Academy of Management, New Orleans, La., 2004
  • Best Reviewer Award, International Management Division, National Academy of Management, Seattle, Wash., 2003
  • Best Symposium Award, National Academy of Management, Management Education Division, August 2003
  • Lynchburg College Summer Research Grant, 2003
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, 2003
  • National Academy of Management Service Learning Fellow, Pew Charitable Trust, 2002-2003
  • Mednick Memorial Fellowship, Virginia Federation of Independent Colleges (VFIC), 2001
  • Research Grant, Lynchburg College Center for Community and Social Justice, 2002
  • Sam Walton Fellowship, 2002
  • Nomination, Program Chair, Public and Nonprofit Division, National Academy of Management, 2000

Professional Affiliations and Service

Editorial Review Boards

  • Editorial Review Board, Review of Business
  • Editorial Review Board, Society for the Advancement of Management's Advanced Management Journal
  • Editorial Review Board, Risk Management: An International Journal
  • Editorial Review Board, International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 2006-2009
  • Editorial Review Board, International Journal of Doctoral Studies
  • Editorial Review Board, Academy of Management Learning and Education

Board of Directors

  • International Business Council Foundation, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • CASA, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • James River Council for the Arts and Humanities
  • Central Virginia Nonprofit Coalition

Executive Board

  • Vice President, International Conference on Advances in Management, 2006, 2007, 2008

Memberships

  • Regional Fulbright Alumni Society, elected to Secretary 2006 and 2007; president 2008-2011
  • Fulbright Society's International Education Task Force
  • The Asia Society
  • The National Academy of Management
  • The Strategic Management Society
  • The Academy of International Business
  • Text and Academic Authors Association
  • The American Association of Museums
  • The American Association of University Women
  • The National Association of Female Executives

School of Business/Economics Service

  • Chair, Department of Management, 2008 on, Lynchburg College
  • Program Coordinator, Business Administration Program,2001-2007, Lynchburg College
  • Program Coordinator, Management Program, Fall 2001 - Fall 2005, Fall 2008
  • Chair, Committee on Students and Instructional Resources, Fall 2001 to present, Lynchburg College
  • Chair, Operations Management Search Committee, 2004-2005
  • Operations Management Search Committee, 2001-2004
  • President, Lynchburg College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society Chapter
Maria Nathan
Phone: 
434.544.8514
Email: 
nathan@lynchburg.edu
Office: 
Schewel 319