Donald Nordberg BA, MA, MBA, PhD



DN11jun10cutout.jpgDonald Nordberg is a writer, strategist and consultant, a specialist in corporate governance and strategy, teaching at Bournemouth University Business School. An academic since 2005, he has worked as a senior manager in large and small businesses and consulted for major corporations and public sector organisations, including the British House of Commons.

During nearly 20 years at Reuters in Europe and the Americas, he served in a variety of senior editorial and marketing roles. He was Vice President, Reuters America, responsible for financial news marketing and development of a financial television service.

As News Editor for the Western hemisphere, he supervised 350 journalists in 40 offices. As Financial Editor of Reuters, he was involved in product management as well as editorial responsibilities. A fluent German speaker, he served as bureau chief in Frankfurt and chief correspondent in Switzerland.

Further background


PhD in Management Studies, University of Liverpool

London Business School: Studied application of systems dynamics to business strategy

MBA, with Distinction, from University of Warwick. Dissertation on strategic marketing of business information

MA in English from the University of Illinois. BA with High Honors and Distinction in English from the University of Illinois, elected member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies

Memberships and associations

Member of Academy of Management

Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute

Member of the British Academy of Management and track chair for corporate governance

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the IDEaS Research Group at Westminster Business School

Research associate of the London Centre for Corporate Governance and Ethics at Birkbeck, University of London

Selected publications


Nordberg, D. (2011) Corporate Governance: Principles and Issues, London: Sage Publications (

Nordberg, D. (1998) Online Investor Relations: How technology is reshaping shareholder communications, London: Net Profit Publications

Book chapters

Nordberg, D., (2011) "Corporate Governance and the Board," in Theory and Practice of CSR, S. Idowu and C. Louche, eds., Berlin: Springer, pp. 39-53

Nordberg, D. (2010) "Unfettered Agents? The role of ethics in corporate governance," in Baker, H.K. and R. Anderson, eds., Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice, pp. 175-191, Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance, New York: John Wiley & Sons

Nordberg, D. (2010) "The Politics of Shareholder Activism," in Baker, H.K. and R. Anderson, eds., Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice, pp. 409-425, Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance, New York: John Wiley & Sons

Handke, P. (1974) "Film and Theater: the Misery of Comparison," trans. Donald Nordberg, in Focus on Film and Theater, James Hurt, ed., Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall; reprinted in: Theater and Film: A Comparative Anthology, (2005) Robert Knopf, ed., New Haven: Yale University Press

Selected academic articles and papers

Concannon, M., & Nordberg, D. (2017). Boards strategizing in liminal spaces: Process and practice, formal and informal. European Management Journal.

Nordberg, D. (2017). Board ethos and institutional work: developing a corporate governance identity through developing the UK code. Economics & Business Review, 17(1), 73-96.

Nordberg, D. (2017). First and Second Drafts of History: The Case of Trump, Foucault and Pre-Modern Governance. Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, 9(2), 107-117. doi: 10.22381/GHIR9220175. Available at:

McNulty, T., & Nordberg, D. (2016). Ownership, Activism and Engagement: Institutional Investors as Active Owners. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 24(3), 346-358.

Nordberg, D. and McNulty, T. (2013) "Creating better boards through codification: Possibilities and limitations in UK corporate governance, 1992-2010," Business History.

Nordberg, D. (2012). Rules of the game: whose value is served when the board fires the owners? Business Ethics: A European Review, 21(3), 298-309.

Nordberg, D. (2012). Return of the State? The G20, the Financial Crisis and Power in the World Economy. Review of Political Economy, 24(2), 289-302.

Nordberg, D. (2010) "Book review, Henry Mintzberg's Managing," Management Learning, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 496-500

Nordberg, D. (2010) "Disagreeing about the Climate," Business & Society, Vol. 49, No. 3, pp. 548-557

Nordberg, D. (2010) "Book review, Robert Grant's Contemporary Strategy Analysis," International Journal of Management Education, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 119-120

Nordberg, D. (2009) "Politics in corporate governance: How power shapes the board's agenda," Working Paper 3, Centre for International Business and Sustainability

Nordberg, D. (2008) "Waste makes haste: Sarbanes-Oxley, competitiveness and the subprime crisis," Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 365-383

Nordberg, D. (2008) "Designing Business Curricula: An Iterative, Processual Module for Higher Education," International Journal of Management Education, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 81-85

Nordberg, D. (2008) "The ethics of corporate governance," Journal of General Management, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 35-52

Nordberg, D. (2008) "Some are more equal: The politics of shareholder activism," a working paper at Social Sciences Research Network

Nordberg, D. (2008) "Group projects: More learning? Less fair? A conundrum in assessing postgraduate higher education," Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 33, No. 5, pp. 481-492

Nordberg, D. (2007) "Rebalancing the board's agenda," Journal of General Management, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 13-23

Nordberg, D. (2007) "News and corporate governance: What Dow Jones and Reuters teach us about stewardship," Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Vol. 8, No. 6. pp. 718-735; reissued as a "Private Sector Opinion" monograph by the Global Corporate Governance Forum of the World Bank Group, February 2008

Nordberg, D. (2007) "Knowledge Creation: Revisiting the 'Ba' Humbug: People and 'Latent' Knowledge in Organizational Learning," Icfai Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 5, No. 6, pp. 7-16

Nordberg, D. (2007) "Fairness in assessing group projects: A conceptual framework for higher education," International Journal of Quality and Standards, Vol. 1, No. 2, article 15

Nordberg, D. (2001) "Communicating Intangible Value," Journal of General Management, Vol. 26, No. 4, Summer, pp. 28-46

For working papers, see Social Sciences Research Network: