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Alliant School of Management

Business Administration

San Diego Campus



Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131


Courses, Research Interests, Publications

Strategic and business management; leadership; sustainable leadership; family business; entrepreneurship; environmental entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship in developing countries - Kenya, Mexico, Vietnam, Guatemala and others; women entrepreneurs;

Kelly, L. (2013 forthcoming) Women Entrepreneurs: New Management and Leadership Models Volume 1. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Kelly, L. (2013 forthcoming) Women Entrepreneurs: New Management and Leadership Models Volume 11. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.

Wankel, C, Kelly, L. et al. (2012- forthcoming) Management through Collaboration: Teaming in a Networked World. Palgrave Macmillan.

Kelly, L et al. (2011). Educating Managers About Integrity: Sensitizing Learners to Universal Value and Cultural Variation. Academy of Management. San Antonio. August 2011.

Finkelman, J.M., Kelly, L. (2011).The psychology of rule-breaking behavior in organizations. In A. Stachowicz-Stanusch & C. Wankel (Eds). Handbook of Research in Teaching Ethics in Business and Management Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Kelly, L., Chung, W. (2011). Leadership across Multicultural and International Contexts: Imperatives for the Global Manager. What Every Professional Needs to Know to be Multiculturally and Internationally Competent in R. Lowman (Ed).

Kelly, & L. Pedro, S. (2002). "San Diego Tijuana Resource Guide" International Sister Cities Corporation.

Kelly, L. (1998). "Intrapreneurship in Hi-Tech Firms." In A. B. Ibrahim and W. Ellis. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management: Text, Readings and Cases 3/E. Iowa: Kendall- Hunt.

Kelly, L. Executive Pay and Performance, chpt. in J. Kelly, Facts and Fictions of Executive Behavior: A Critical Analysis of What Managers Do. Westport, Conneticut: Quorum Books. 1993.


Kelly, L & Finkelman, J. (2012) The Psychologist Manager: Success Models for Psychologists in Executive Positions. Gottingen, Germany: Hogrefe.

Kelly, L & C. Booth (2004) "A Dictionary of Strategy: Strategic Management A-Z". Sage.

Kelly, L. & J. Kelly (1998). "An Existential Systems Approach to Managing Organizations." Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group

Journal Articles

Kelly, L., Finkelman, J. (2011). The Psychologist Manager: Uniquely Qualified to Address 21st century Leadership Challenges? The Psychologist Manager Journal.

Kelly, L., Athanassiou, N., and Crittenden, W. "Founder Centrality & Strategy in the Family Owned Firm". Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Jan. 2001

Kelly, L. "Founder Centrality Effects on the Mexican Family Firm"s Top ManagementGroup:Firm Culture, Strategic Vision and Goals, and Firm Performance" Journal of World Business, August 2001.

"Founder Centrality, Vision, Culture, and Performance in Mexican Family Businesses" Academy of International Business, Phoenix, November 2000.

" The Role of the Founder in Setting Strategy in Mexican Family Businesses." Second International Symposium of the International Network for Collaboration in the Behavioral Sciences. Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. October 2000.

Mexico: Political Economy and Free Markets. Fifth International Conference, El Paso, November 2000.

"Panel Discussion: Cultural Issues in Post NAFTA Mexico-US Alignments" Second International Symposium of the International Network for Collaboration in the Behavioral Sciences. Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. October 2000.

"Founder Centrality" Academy of Management: San Diego, August 1998.

"Emotional Conflicts of the Family Business," Sloan-Wellsely International Conference on work and family, April 1997.

"Inferring Strategy Using Annual Reports." Eastern Academy of Management. Arlington, VA, May 1996.

"Working Abroad," Eastern Academy of Management, Arlington, VA, May 1996.

"Quebec's Entrepreneurialism," SCOS 14, Los Angeles, CA, July 1996.

"A Narrative Model: Interpreting Strategy Through Annual Reports, ASAC Conference Proceedings,Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. June 1994.

"Mexican Family Businesses and Founder Centrality" Academy of Management, Washington, DC.

Executive training in Leon, Mexico with Tecnos Consulting. Topic: top management team development in family firms., 2002

Executive Training in Mexico City in conjunction with Alliant Mexico City campus. Topic: Leadership skills for Mexican managers., 2002

Founder Centrality in top management teams, focusing on Mexican, U.S. and Canadian firms.

Wal-Mart Mexico:15th largest company in the world, worked with Director of Sustainabilty in Mexico City. The Project was to establish sustainability standards for a cluster of 120 firms in Mexico.

Currently collecting data on Kenyan top managers.

Somali Family Services leadership: strategy planning, balanced scorecard, staff and management leadership development, women leadership, youth leadership, media training. Established an ongoing relationship to provide these types of training.

Breick Construction: reorganization of top management team (TMT), ownership agreement for a family business, training and assessment of TMT for strategic approach

Dana Gunn Financial Services: consulting for orientation of the company for the Hispanic market in San Diego - overseeing translation of website, hiring of bilingual personnel, design of seminars for Latino realtors, design and implementation of marketing plan for Hispanic market.

Bombardier: recycling program analysis for Bombardier plant in Queretaro, Mexico reporting to Director of Corporate Responsibility.

Koppert: organic farming project with a goal of reducing waste in artificial beehives for customers in Queretaro, Mexico.

GlobalMind Center for Strategic Consulting

Interested in cross-cultural studies of top management teams and the strategy process.

ACE Grant: At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments. American Council on Education (ACE) project funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, entitled At Home in the World: Educating for Global Connections and Local Commitments,-promoting collaboration between international and multicultural initiatives in colleges and universities. Provost Newman, Dr, Kumea Shorter-Gooden. Dr. Wedding, and Dr. Kelly developed the winning proposal., 2011

2005CONAHEC Cross Border Grant of $15,000 to train Mexican businesses in database and strategic management skills, 2005

2004CONAHEC Cross Border Grant of $15,000 to train Mexican businesses in database and strategic management skills, 2004

Grant of $3,000 from Target to run an international/multicultural program. The program is "Multicultural and International Literacy Experience" (MILE) for young children and their families and will be run by Pacific Southwest Community Development Corporation (PSCDC) and Alliant International University. Dr. Kelly is the project leader for Alliant and administered the project through GlobalMind's Center for Strategic Consulting.

Academic History and Background

PhD, Strategic Management - Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)

Secretary for the San Diego Tijuana Sister City Board, 2000

Professional Practice and Community Service

Presenter for Integrating Best Practices session held for Northeastern faculty. Topic: Using Meeting Web to Integrate Experience into the Classroom., 1998

Running focus group for Northeastern faculty for Cooperative Education. Topic: Student Reflections on the Learning Achieved Through Participation in Coop Education and How That Learning Might Be Enhanced., 1998

Judge for John Diffenbach Prize, 1996, 1997, and 1998. MBA students presented strategic case analysis of their coop experience., 1996

Advisor to Boston Business School Beanpot Case Competition, 1997, 1998 and 1999. Winning Team, 1999, 1997. Runner-up team, 1998.

Strategic management consulting: Catholic Charities, DARE Family Services, Thoreau Language Institute, Internet Capital Group, New England Coffee, Red Lion Inn, Wilkinson Heating, Chenubee, STM Technology, Pressure Source, Abbot Labs

Reviewer for Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division

Reviewer for Business Research

Reviewer for European Management Journal, special issue on management in Russia and Eastern Europe

Reviewer for Eastern Academy of Management Conference, the Strategy, Policy and Decision Making Track.

* Mexico
* Meditation
* Yoga
* Spanish
* Don Quixote
* Running
* Learning
* Reading

Bio and Links

Dr. Kelly is a Professor of Strategy and Leadership and Program Coordinator of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) at the School of Management at Alliant International University in San Diego, California. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and is fluent in Spanish and French. She has a PhD in Strategic Management from Concordia University, Montreal and specializes in international strategic leadership research- looking at top management team leadership from a social networks and diversity perspective. Dr. Kelly started her business career in the book publishing business, working with Prentice Hall in Canada.

After five years in the industry, she figured out she preferred writing books, and following in a family tradition, she is currently finishing her fourth and fifth book. Her books include “An Existential Systems Approach to Managing Organizations” (Quorum Press 1998), “ A Dictionary of Strategy: Strategic Management A-Z” (Sage 2004) and her latest book is “ThePsychologist Manager: Success Models for Psychologists in Executive Positions” (2012, Hogrefe) as well as an edited two volume set entitled, “Entrepreneurial Women: New Leadership and Management Models” (Praeger) forthcoming August 2014.

Dr. Kelly has consulted for firms in Canada, US, Mexico, Kenya, Guatemala and Vietnam. She has taught in Canada, US, Germany, Vietnam, Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador. She has been designated an Outstanding Scholar by the US government based on her international scholarship and publications. In 2013 she was voted Outstanding Professor at Alliant School of Management and was invited on to the National Executive Board of the Academy of Management’s Sigma Iota Epsilon which is dedicated to excellence and ethics in management. Under her faculty leadership, Alliant’s Sigma chapter won ‘chapter of the year’ three years in a row, taking first place twice and coming in third once out of 71 national chapters. Dr. Kelly currently resides with her husband and their dog in the Hollywood Hills, California.