Dr Paul Mcdonald
Paul has taught at Victoria University of Wellington since his arrival from Canada in 1991. His specialist teaching area is organisational behaviour. In recent years he has held senior administrative positions, including Victoria University of Wellington MBA Director and International MBA Director (Hong Kong). Paul achieved his PhD from Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1993. Leadership is a topic of particular recent interest in Paul’s research and scholarship. He has undertaken thought and writing to deconstruct leadership into various facets in order to make it more accessible and understandable to practicing managers.
PhD (Business Administration), 1993, Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.
Dissertation title “Individual-Organizational Value Congruence”.
MBA (Business Administration), 1982, University of Manitoba, Canada.
BEng (Civil Engineering), 1977, Royal Military College of Canada.
Areas of potential PhD supervision
Current research focus is at the intersection of neuroscience and leadership development.
Publications and presentations
Peer-reviewed journal articles
McDonald P R, Tang Y Y, ‘Neuroscientific insights into management development: Theoretical propositions and practical implications’ Group & Organization Management, 39, 5, October (2014), pp. 475-503.
McDonald P R, 'Confucian foundations to leadership: a study of Chinese business leaders across Greater China and South-East Asia', Asia Pacific Business Review, 18, 4, October (2012), pp. 465-487.
McDonald, P. (2011) Maoism versus Confucianism: Ideological influences on Chinese business leaders. Journal of Management Development, 30(7/8): 632-646.
McDonald, P. (2011) It's time for management version 2.0: Six forces redefining the future of modern management. Futures, 43(8), 797-808.
McDonald, P. (2010) Teaching the Concept of Management: Perspectives from ‘Six Honest Serving Men’. Journal of Management & Organization, 16(5): 618-623.
McDonald, P. (2009) The Potential Contribution of Neuroscience to Authentic Leadership. NeuroLeadership Journal, Issue 2: 53-66.
McDonald, P. (2010) Maoism versus Confucianism: Competing Ideological Influences on Modern Chinese Business Leaders. Proceedings of Conference on Practical Wisdom for Management from the Chinese Classical Traditions, China-Europe International School of Business, Shanghai, Jun. 18-19
McDonald, P. (with L. Maloiy, VUW-MIM) (2010) Responsible leadership development for secondary students in Kenya. Proceedings of First International Conference in Responsible Leadership, University of South Africa, Pretoria, May 18 – 20.
McDonald, P. (2009) It’s Time for Management Version 2.0: Four Forces Redefining Management. Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Expert Seminar, Asia-Pacific International College, Sydney, Nov. 19-20.
McDonald, P. (with S. Phillips, VUW-MBA) (2009) Project management paradoxes: Governance, leadership, management and staff development. Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Expert Seminar, Asia-Pacific International College, Sydney, Nov. 19-20.
McDonald, P. (with J. Smith, VUW-MBA) (2009) Mentoring: A solution to the retention and advancement of female ICT project managers. Proceedings of Asia-Pacific Expert Seminar, Asia-Pacific International College, Sydney, Nov. 19-20.
Business case studies
Scott's Hospitality Inc. (A) (1990) - This case documents the executive selection process used by a major Canadian services corporation, Scott's Hospitality Inc., to choose a new CEO. It emphasises matching executive skills and personal values to corporate strategy. (with J. Gandz and D.S.R. Leighton) Case # 990C016 - University of Western Ontario.
Scott's Hospitality Inc. (B) (1990) - This case provides a retrospective view of Scott's executive selection process and documents an unanticipated event subsequent to the conclusion of their process, the availability of an attractive external candidate. (with J. Gandz and D.S.R. Leighton) Case # 990C016 - University of Western Ontario.
Academic Reviewer – Asia-Pacific Business Review – Special Edition - Leadership in Asia - 2011
Academic Reviewer - International Leadership Association - ILA - 2011 Conference, 2011
Academic Reviewer - NeuroLeadership Journal (NLJ), 2010 - 2011
Academic Reviewer - John Wiley & Sons, 2009
Academic Reviewer - Victoria University of Wellington Management School - Working Paper Series, 2009 - 2011
Board Member - Continuum Consulting Group Ltd., 2009 - Present