Dr. Donnellon is an Associate Professor of Management at Babson College. She teaches leadership, negotiation, teamwork, and organizational design in the Graduate School of Business and in Babson Executive Education. She has served as curriculum coordinator in the MBA program and is the recipient of the Kennedy Award for Teaching Excellence. She is the author of Team Talk: The Power of Language in Team Dynamics, published by Harvard Business School Press. The book has been translated into several languages, and has served as the basis for both an interactive corporate training product entitled Teams That Work, and two Harvard ManageMentor books, Leading Teams and Keeping Teams on Target.
Dr. Donnellon is the co-author of The Post-Bureaucratic Organization and has also published numerous articles in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Strategy and Leadership, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. Her several book chapters include "Power, Politics and Influence: Savvy and Substance in Organizations" in the Portable MBA in Management. She has developed many teaching cases on companies as diverse as Honeywell, 3M, Petroleos de Venezuela, Standard & Poors, Gillette, and YPF S.A.
Dr. Donnellon teaches in many executive education programs and has consulted to numerous companies including AT&T, Bell Northern, Chubb & Son, Dow Chemical, EMC, Lucent Technologies, McKinsey, and Pfizer, Inc. She has also worked with several small, entrepreneurial firms and led management development seminars for entrepreneurs through the Small Business Association of New England, the Center for Women and Enterprise, and the International Fund for Ireland.
A popular speaker, Dr. Donnellon has addressed such organizations as Caisse d’Epargne, Conference Board, Fidelity Investments, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Molecular Technology, and New England Media Group. The subjects ranged from performance management, organizational change, entrepreneurial leadership, cross-functional teamwork, and women’s leadership.
Her international work includes seminars and speeches for St. Gobain, Invest Northern Ireland, Chalmers Institute of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Petroleos de Venezuela, Siemens, the Royal Bank of Canada, and Bell Northern.
Dr. Donnellon's areas of expertise include: leadership and influence, negotiation and conflict management, teamwork, and organizational change. Current research projects focus on influence in global organizations and women's networks.
Previous to joining the Babson faculty, Dr. Donnellon taught at Harvard Business School for six years, and the University of Colorado. She earned her B.A. at the University of Cincinnati, her M.A. at Columbia University, and her Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University.
Diversity; Cross-functional Teams; Negotiations; Organizational Design; Women and Business