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Linda Gibson, Ph.D.

Linda Gibson, Ph.D.


Linda Gibson, Ph.D. Professor
Morken Center for Learning & Technology - Room 315
On Sabbatical
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Management, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • M.A., With Honors, Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • B.A., Salutatorian, Summa Cum Laude, Philosophy, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Organizational Behavior, Theory and Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • Change Management
  • Management’s Role in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) & Sustainability
  • Organizational Cognitive Neuroscience (OCN)

Selected Publications


  • Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence: 2015 “Highly Commended Paper” – Gibson, L., Finnie, B. & Stuart, J. (2015). A mathematical model for exploring the evolution of organizational structure. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, 23, 1, 21-40.
  • Best Faculty Case Award at SECRA (Southeast Case Research Association) 2012.
  • Best Case in the WCA (Western Casewriters Association) 2011 Proceedings.
  • Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence: 2008 “Highly Commended Paper” – Wolf, F., Finnie, B., & Gibson, L. (2008). “Cornish Miners in California: One hundred and fifty years of a unique sociotechnical system,” Journal of Management History,14, 2, 144-160
  • Wells Fargo Teaching Excellence Award (2009)
  • Wells Fargo Teaching Excellence Award - Honorable Mention (2007)

Professional Memberships/Organizations

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Case Research and Inquiry
  • Academy of Management
  • Western Academy of Management
  • Western Casewriters Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
  • Western Economic Association International


Dr. Gibson teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in the management of effective organizations: organizational behavior and organization design, human resource management, organizational development and change strategies, and organizational cognitive neuroscience (OCN) for leaders and managers. Her scholarship and recent publications focus on issues in designing and managing organizations effectively and management’s role in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) and sustainability efforts.

Her consulting, with companies such as Weyerhaeuser and higher education institutions, has focused on changing organizational structure and culture, managing performance, establishing formal mentor programs, partnerships between business and academe, and assessment and accountability issues for higher education. She was the Director of a two-year FIPSE grant at PLU on infusing assessment and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) into higher education.

In addition, she has been a Faculty Fellow at The Boeing Co., compiling a strategic analysis of compensation systems.  And, she is the Faculty Advisor for the PLU Student SHRM Chapter for students interested in the “people side” of managing organizations.

Professor Gibson’s teaching has been commended as being innovative and having impact.  In 2014, OBTC (Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference) reviewers and program organizers considered her conference paper on the new cognitive neuroscience for leaders course she had developed to be so innovative that they requested she present a 90-minute workshop, along with her presentation of her paper.  Workshop attendees commended her on her innovative teaching and course design, with several universities requesting further information to help them in establishing such a course at their university.  She was contacted by an attendee from an international management consulting firm and an editor from a publisher of academic journals for more information about her work.

Dr. Gibson’s research related to OCN and her OBTC 2014 paper also led to and supported her contributions to recent co-authored WEAI (Western Economic Association International) papers, connecting cognitive neuroscience to behavioral economics and neuroeconomics.  She and her co-authors are currently engaged in developing neuroscience-based models of economic behavior.  Their most recent work emphasizes how the inability of individuals to deter gratification reduces economic growth rates, as well as contributes to rising income inequality. (See 2016 WEAI conference paper.)

Professor Gibson regularly uses materials from her scholarship and publications in her teaching. Her scholarship and intellectual contributions are used to engage students in learning up-to-date and innovative concepts related to her courses.  Her intellectual contributions also provide connections with other academics in her areas of scholarship and teaching.  This helps to keep her own expertise current in her several sub-fields of the management discipline.