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Donde Plowman

Dean › College of Business Administration


University of Nebraska-Lincoln • 214 CBA • Lincoln NE, 68588-0405 • 402.472.9500 • dplowman2@unl.edu



Donde Plowman

Donde Plowman is the James, Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of UNL's College of Business Administration. She became the ninth CBA dean on July 1, 2010, less than a month after the university was approved to join the Big Ten Conference.

In her time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Plowman has launched several initiatives, including hiring 25 new faculty to better serve students and increase enrollment capacity; creating a new Supply Chain Management major; creating a new business minor for non-business majors; creating the Career Services at CBA office; and planning for a new CBA building, which is being designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York and Alley Poyner Macchietto of Omaha.

Plowman also is a tenured professor in the Department of Management. She was formerly the head of the Department of Management at the University of Tennessee, where she was responsible for starting the Ph.D. in organizations and strategy. Her teaching experience includes graduate, undergraduate, doctoral and executive education courses in organization theory, strategic management, organizational decision-making and organizational behavior.

Her research was featured in The Wall Street Journal in April 2012 and her publications have appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Leadership Quarterly, Decision Sciences and several others. In 2008, she was awarded one of the most coveted awards in her field - the Academy of Management Journal Best Paper Award for her paper, "Radical Change Accidentally: The Emergence and Amplification of Small Change."

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