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Patricia Hedberg

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Ohio Northern University
    Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Minnesota

  • Research Interests
  • Practice of reflection.

Pat Hedberg, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Management department at Opus College of Business. Her teaching and consulting interests include leadership development, team dynamics, positive influence, building relationships, and leading change. She sees learning as a place where students work together to gain insights about themselves, others, and their ability to do their work well.

As part of her teaching and research, Pat focuses on the practice of reflection combined with intentional learning experiments both in the classroom to deepen learning, and as an organizational leader to gain vital perspective.

Being a leader can be both nerve-racking and exciting. Today’s leaders face complicated and uncertain environments. Adding to the complexity is the fact that true leadership is done with others – it is not a solo act, and thus requires collaborative innovation. Pat’s current research focuses on what leaders need to do (skillsets) and how they need to think (mindsets) to bring the grace, courage, and resilience needed to help themselves and others navigate current and future organizational challenges.

Hedberg actively consults with several local organizations in developing their leaders. She was the inaugural 3M Professor in Residence and has worked with 3M Human Resources on their global leadership development programs. She received the Mid-Career Distinguished Educator Award from the Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society.

  • Hedberg, P. R. (2017). Guiding moral behavior through a reflective learning practice. Journal of Management Education, (41)(4), pp. 514-538
  • Ritter, B., Hedberg, P. R., & Gower, K. (2016). Enhancing teacher credibility: What we can learn from the justice and leadership literature. Organization Management Journal, (13)(2), pp. 90-100
  • Hedberg, P. R., & Danes, S. M. (2012). Explorations of dynamic power processes within copreneurial couples. Journal of Family Business Strategy, (3), pp. 228-238
  • Hedberg, P. R. (2009). Learning through reflective classroom practice: Applications to educate the reflective manager. Journal of Management Education, (33)(1), pp. 10-36
  • Sorenson, R., Goodpaster, K. E., Hedberg, P. R., & Yan, J. (2009). The family point of view, family social capital, and firm performance: An exploratory test. Family Business Review, (22)(2), pp. 239-253

  • Academy of Management
  • American Psychological Association
  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Academy of Management, Reviewer
  • Journal of Management Education,
  • Journal of Management Education, Reviewer
  • Organization Management Journal,
  • Organization Management Journal, Reviewer
  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, Reviewer

  • Faculty Director of the Executive and Health Care MBA programs, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, Minneapolis (2018 - present)
  • Department Chair, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Mpls (2011 - 2019)
  • Associate Professor, Management Department, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, Minneapolis (1998 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1991 - 1998)
  • Marketing Services Director, National Information Systems, Inc., Burnsville (1989 - 1990)
  • Independent consultant, Independent Consultant, St. Paul (1987 - 1989)
  • Corporate Human Resource Research Specialist, Honeywell, Inc., Minneapolis (1984 - 1987)