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Patricia Hedberg

Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs

  • 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 the Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs in the Opus College of Business. As part of the college administrative leadership team she is responsible for the operational and academic aspects of all graduate programs, including MBA programs, specialized master’s programs, and graduate degree certificates.

Hedberg’s teaching and consulting interests include leadership development, team dynamics, positive power and influence, building relationships, and leading change. Her current research focus is on the practice of reflection, both in the classroom and as a leader in an organization.

Leadership is done with others – it is not done alone. That’s what makes it both nerve-racking and exciting. Hedberg sees learning as a place where students work together as leaders to gain insights about themselves, others, and their ability to do their work well.

Hedberg actively consults with several local organizations about 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 in 2017.

  • 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)