Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Associate professor

Room: POR/18.B-3.143b
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Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • collaborative group work, in co-located and distributed settings
  • art and innovation
  • aesthetics and business competitiveness
  • leadership within creative groups and organizations
  • entrepreneurship and organizational creativity
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My research and teaching address collaborative group work practices, innovation management, and the role of aesthetics and arts-based practices in processes of business value creation. My PhD thesis develops our understanding of a special form of collaborative work in which arts ensembles and innovative groups engage, which I call “ensembling.”  I have coauthored two Harvard Business Press books on CEO and IT leadership, as well as several Harvard Business School teaching cases. My expertise using the Harvard Business School case-teaching method and as a theatre arts professional inform the way I create a dynamic, interactive classroom experience.


“Innovation and Art/Aesthetics” (7,5 ECTS), as part of the Cand. Soc. Masters program Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship

“Managing in the Creative Economy” (select sessions)



Students are welcome to contact me regarding research in the areas listed above.


Other teaching activities

Executive seminars


Selected publications
  • O’Donnell, Shannon. (2013). Making Ensemble Possible: How special groups organize for collaborative creativity in conditions of spatial variability and distance (Doctoral dissertation). Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. 
  • O’Donnell, Shannon. (2013). Reconceiving Constraint as Possibility in a Music Ensemble. In Brian Moeran and Bo T. Christensen (Eds.), Exploring Creativity: Evaluative practices in innovation, design and the arts (pp. 96-120). UK: Cambridge University Press
  • O’Donnell, Shannon and Lee Devin. (2012). Collective Creativity: E-Teams and E-TeamWork. In Daniel Hjorth (Ed.), Handbook on Organisational Entrepreneurship (pp. 280-299). UK” Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Austin, Robert D., Richard L. Nolan and Shannon O’Donnell. (2012). Harder Than I Thought: Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.
  • Austin, Robert D., Richard L. Nolan and Shannon O’Donnell. (2009). The Adventures of an IT Leader. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.


Publications & dissemination
Shannon Hessel; Matthew W. Driller / Sleep-hygiene Education Improves Sleep Indices in Elite Female Athletes
In: International Journal of Exercise Science, Vol. 10, No. 4, 2017, p. 522–530
Journal article
Robert D. Austin; Richard L. Nolan; Shannon O'Donnel / The Adventures of an IT Leader
2.ed.Boston : Harvard Business School Press 2016, 352 p.
Robert D. Austin; Shannon Hessel / Advancing Relevance and Rigor in 21st Century Leadership Pedagogy Through a “Blended Learning” Experiment
Abstract from The 13th International Studying Leadership Conference. ISLC 2014, 2014
Conference abstract for conference
Shannon Hessel / Cultivating and Benefiting from Member Familiarity in Temporary Work Groups
Paper presented at The 30th EGOS Colloquium 2014, 2014
Shannon O'Donnell / Reconceiving Constraint as Possibility in a Music Ensemble
In: Exploring Creativity: Evaluative Practices in Innovation, Design, and the Arts. . ed. /Brian Moeran; Bo T. Christensen. New York : Cambridge University Press 2013, p. 96-120
Book chapter
Shannon O'Donnell; Lee Devin / Collective Creativity : E-teams and E-teamwork.
In: Handbook on Organisational Entrepreneurship. ed. /Daniel Hjorth. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated 2012, p. 280-299
Book chapter
Robert D. Austin; Richard L. Nolan; Shannon O'Donnell / Harder Than I Thought : Adventures of a Twenty-First Century Leader.
Boston : Harvard Business School Press 2012, 310 p.
Shannon O'Donnell / Making Shared Leadership Possible in Distributed Conditions : How Small Groups Respond to Conditions of Spatial Variability and Distance in Processes of Collective Creativity.
Paper presented at The 27th EGOS Colloquium 2011, 2011
Shannon O'Donnell / The Towards Silence Project : Multiple String Quartets Organize to Perform a New Musical Form in Spatially Variable and Distributed Conditions.
In: International Journal of Business Anthropology, Vol. 2011, No. Fall, 2011, p. 1-26
Journal article
Robert D. Austin; Richard L. Nolan; Shannon O'Donnell / A "Novel" Approach to the Design of an IS Management Course
In: Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), Vol. 24, 2009, p. 315-332
Journal article
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