Bonita Betters-Reed

Professor Emerita; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations

Phone: 617-521-2398
Fax: 617-521-3880
Office: M-345
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Education

Ph.D., Boston College, M.A.; Bowling Green State University, B.A.; SUNY College at Potsdam

Specialization

Principled and Inclusive Leadership and Diversity, Multicultural Organizations, Women Entrepreneurs

Bio

Dr. Betters-Reed (Dr. B.) became a member of the Simmons faculty in 1986 and has shared with the community her expertise in organizational leadership, communication, and behavior, emphasizing socially-minded leadership, diversity management and cross-cultural communication. She has built her academic strengths by staying actively involved in international family business for more than 25 years and providing strategic consultation for both small businesses and the non-profit sectors.

Dr. Betters-Reed teaches courses in principled leadership, organizational behavior, change, negotiations and diversity. Her early research focused on diversity among women managers and entrepreneurs challenging the racial/ethnic and socially constructed hierarchy of the glass ceiling. A recent CGO Insights article (#26) re-introduced a diversity concept that she and Dr. Lynda Moore coined in 1991, the whitewash dilemma. They were recipients of three grants for case research on the leadership of Boston based women minority-owned businesses. They were also contributors to Teaching Diversity: Listening to the Soul, Speaking from the Heart. In 1998, Drs. Betters-Reed and Moore were co-recipients of the SBA Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award for Massachusetts and New England as well as invited contributors to the Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship Education (2007).

Professor Betters-Reed's current scholarship continues in a similar vein, focusing on leadership studies of socially minded organizations through a multi-cultural and inclusive lens. A year-long-sabbatical in 2009-10 included best practice case studies of the A.J. Brugger Foundation in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and EILEEN FISHER, Inc., a New York based women's apparel manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer. Consistent with a passion for pedagogy and research related to leadership for a better world, Dr. B.'s extensive community service is dedicated to improving leadership effectiveness and impact of non-profit causal organizations.

Dr. Betters-Reed was a Director of Betters International Food Corp. from 1980-2010 and was an active owner and director of other family held businesses in manufacturing and agribusiness. She is a past President and a current Fellow of the Eastern Academy of Management, and continues to provide leadership in several professional organizations. She served numerous times as Chair of the Management Department and was Faculty Leader as well as Director of the B.A./MCM Five Year Program. She is an expert in academic governance, curricular assessment and program review and in 2010-11 chaired the SOM Curriculum Committee. She was also an invited participant Discussion Leadership Seminar for the Derek Bok Teaching and Learning Center at Harvard, an American Council of Education (ACE) Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women.

Current Course(s)

  • Socially-Minded Leadership
  • Paths to Principled Leadership
  • Perspectives and Practices: Principled Leadership
  • Negotiations and Change Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Communication
  • Introduction to Management

Publications

Academic Articles (Peer Review)

  • Betters-Reed, B., & Moore, L. (under review) Video Case and Teaching Note, Legacy of Leadership Success: A Cultural Perspective, under review, The CASE Journal.
  • Moore, L. & Betters-Reed, B. (2009) Case: Kija Kim and Teaching Note,  The CASE Journal, 5(2).
  • Betters-Reed, B., Nitkin, M., & Sampson, S. (2008). An Assurance of Learning Success Model: Toward Closing the Feedback Loop, Organizational Management Journal, 5, 224-240.
  • Sampson, S. & Betters-Reed, B. (2008). Assurance of Learning and Outcomes Assessment: a Case Study Assessment of a Marketing Curriculum. Marketing Education Review
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2007). Annotated Bibliography on Women Business Owners: A Diversity Lens. New England Journal of Entrepreneurship.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2005). Darlene Jeter and Jet-A-Way case: Winning against the Odds. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 7 (1).
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Litvin, D. (2005). The Personal Map. Journal of Management Education, 29 (2), 199-217.

Professional Publications

  • Betters-Reed, B. & Porter, Elise (2011). A Foundation's Journey: Leading across Cultures. CASE Association. & Eastern Academy of Management Proceedings, Boston, MA.
  • Moore, L., Betters-Reed, B., Kaipa, P., & Turnbull, S. (2010). Asking the Right Questions: Toward Worldly, Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Inclusive Leadership. International Leadership Association Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Moore, L., Betters-Reed, B., & Hunt, L. (2008). The Whitewash Dilemma Revisited: White Women as Catalysts for Engendering Diverse Leadership in Organizations. CGO Insights # 26, Simmons College, SOM.
  • Betters-Reed, B., Moore, L., & Davitt, D. (2005). Lessons Learned About the Cultural Impact on Leadership: Case of Kija Kim and Harvard Design and Mapping, Inc. International Eastern Academy of Management, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2005). Video Case: Jet-A-Way Inc. -Focusing on Diversity and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Association for Business Simulations and Experiential Learning Orlando, FL.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2005). The Case of Darlene Jeter and Jet-A-Way, Inc. United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Hilton Head, SC.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2004). Embryo Case: Kija Kim, President and CEO Harvard Design and Mapping. Eastern Academy of Management.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2003). Diversity by Another Name: Informing Our Work Through Multicultural Lenses. Eastern Academy of Management.
  • Betters-Reed, B., Moore, L., Greene, P., & Oppedisano, J. (2003). The Diversity of Women Business Owners: Issues, Advances and Applications in Research and Teaching. United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Hilton Head, SC.

Book Chapters

  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2010). Shifting the Management Development Paradigm for Women, reprint. In Gatrell, C, Cooper, CL, and Kossek, EE (Eds.), Women in Management. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar International library of Critical Writings on Business and Management.
  • Betters-Reed, B., (2006). Conceptual Approach to Better Diagnosis and Resolution of Cross-cultural and Gender Challenges in Entrepreneurial Research. In Alan Fayolle, Edward Elgar (Ed.) Handbook of Research in Entrepreneurship Education. UK: Cheltenham.
  • Betters-Reed, B., & Moore, L. (Eds.) (1989). Gallos, Joan. Developmental Diversity and the OB Classroom: Implications for Teaching and Learning. The Organizational Behavior Teaching Review. (13)4. 33-47. (Winner, 1990 Organizational Behavior Teaching Review Best Article).

Monograph

  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (1996). Transforming the Future for Women Business Owners: Creating a Multicultural Agenda for Change, Boston, MA: Simmons College.

Awards & Accolades

  • Alpha Sigma Nu (1982 - present) 
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (2010 - present)
  • EILEEN FISHER Leadership Scholar in Residence and Grant (2009-10)
  • Eastern Academy of Management Fellow (2003 Lifetime Honor)
  • Swahnberg/Novotny Research Awards (2011 most recent)
  • President's Fund for Faculty Excellence Research Award (2009-10)
  • Teaching Excellence Award: Daniel S. Cheever Jr./Scott Ross Center for Community Service (2008-09)
  • Coleman Foundation and the Hughes Charitable Foundation Grants (2003-04; 2004-05)
  • USASBE Minority and Women Division Case Incubator Grant (2003)
  • ACE Leadership Fellowship (2000-01)
  • Women in Business Advocate of the Year, MA and New England Co-recipient, Small Business Administration (1998)

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management
  • International Leadership Association
  • Eastern Academy of Management
  • CASE Association
  • National Association of Case Research
  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society

College/School Assignments (Chair)

  • 2009-10: SOM Curriculum Committee
  • 2008-11: SOM Honors Liaison
  • 2001-09: SOM Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • 2001-05: SOM Assurance of Learning

College/School Assignments (Member)

  • 2010-11: SOM Dean Search
  • 2010-11: Mgmt 100 Task Force
  • 2010-11: MBA Leadership Concentration Task Force
  • 2008-11: SALT ( SOM Strategic Academic Leadership Team)
  • 2009-11: SC Fiscal Affairs
  • 2009-11: SC Honors Steering Committee
  • 2006-07: SOM Continuous Improvement Committee
  • 2005-06: Assurance of Learning
  • 2004-06: Curriculum Committee
  • 2001-05: AACSB Accreditation Committee

Professional Services

Service to the Profession (Board of Directors)

  • 1999-02: Eastern Academy of Management (Regional)
  • 2006-present: SUNY College at Potsdam Trustee
  • 2009-present: A.J. Brugger Foundation (International)
  • 2009-12: CASE Association (Regional)
  • 1980-10: Betters International Inc., Director (International)
  • 2003-09: Aspergers Association of New England, Board Member

Service to the Profession (Chair: Committee / Task Force)

  • 2009-present: Director of Mentoring for CASE Association
  • 2006-present: Invited Institutional Evaluator for NEASC
  • 2007: Eastern Academy of Management, Finance Committee (Regional)
  • 2005: Strategic Thinking and Planning for Business Development, Workshop Boston Dietetic Internship Day, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts (Local)
  • 2005: Strategic Planning for the Aspergers Association of New England, Workshop, Massachusetts (Regional)

Ad Hoc Reviewer

  • Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship (Regional)
  • Group and Organization Management Journal (Regional)
  • The Journal of Management Education (Regional)
  • CASE Journal

Speaking Engagements

Presentation of Academic Articles (Peer Review) — International

  • Stead, V., Eliot, C., Betters-Reed, B., & Moore, L. (2011, October accepted for presentation). One Planet, Many Worlds: Remapping the Purposes of Leadership. International Leadership Association Conference, London, UK.
  • Moore, L., Betters-Reed, B., Kaipa, P., & Turnbull, S. (2010, October). Asking the Right Questions: Toward Worldly, Socially Responsible, Sustainable and Inclusive Leadership. International Leadership Association Conference, Boston, MA. USA.
  • Moore, L., DeChant C., Betters-Reed, B., Al Gurg, R., & Kamber, F. (2008, March). Panel: Voices of U.A. E. Women Leaders: Personal Journeys and Emerging Research. Presented at Women as Global Leaders Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Betters-Reed, B., (2007, June). Integrating an Authentic Cultural Lens Case Development and Teaching Workshop. Eastern Academy of Management — International Conference, Amsterdam.
  • Betters-Reed, B., Moore, L., & Davitt, M. (2005, June). Lessons Learned About the Cultural Impact on Leadership Case of Kija Kim and Harvard Design and Mapping Inc. Presented at International Eastern Academy of Management, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Betters-Reed, B. (2005, June). It Was the Best of Teams; It Was the Worst of Teams: Best Practices and Continuing Challenges Related to Using Groups in the Classroom Focus on Diversity. Presented at International Eastern Academy of Management, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2003, June). Diversity by Another Name Informing our Work Through Multicultural Lenses. Presented at International Eastern Academy of Management, Porto, Portugal.

Presentation of Academic Articles (Peer Review) — National

  • Betters-Reed, B. & Porter, E. (2011 November, accepted case and IM). A Leader's Journey: Building a Case Across Cultures. National Association of Case Research Conference, San Antonio, TX, USA.
  • Blake-Beard, S. & Betters-Reed, B. (2008, August). PDW: In Support of Shared Sisterhood: Creating a Space for the Questions We Need to Ask. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2005, March). Video Case Jet A Way Inc Focusing on Diversity and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Presented at Association for Business Simulations and Experiential Learning, Orlando, Florida.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2005, January). The Case on Darlene Jeter and Jet-A-Way Inc. Presented at United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Dallas, Texas.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2003, January). The Diversity of Women Business Owners Issues Advances and Applications in Research and Teaching. Presented at United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Presentation of Academic Articles (Peer Review) - Regional

  • Betters-Reed, B. & Treacy, M.J., (2010, May). A Foundation's Journey: Leading across Cultures. CASE Asso. & Eastern Academy of Management, Portland, ME.
  • Dechant, K., Betters-Reed, B., Mirchandani, D., & Peridis, T. (2008, May). Panel: What Does (Pick a Term) Mean in Arabic? French? Mandarin?...Etc: Insights into Conducting Cross-Cultural Research. Eastern Academy of Management, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • Peters, T. & Betters-Reed, B. (2008, May). Symposium - Management as a Liberal Art: The Power of One among Many. Eastern Academy of Management, Washington, District of Columbia.
  • Betters-Reed, B. (2007, October). Jan Taggares: Decisions in her Life. Presented at North American Case Research Association, Keystone, Colorado.
  • Betters-Reed, B. (2005, May). It Was the Best of Teams It Was the Worst of Teams Best Practices and Continuing Challenges Related to Using Groups in the Classroom. Presented at Eastern Academy of Management, Springfield, Massachusetts.
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. (2004, May). Embryo Case Kija Kim, President and CEO, Harvard Design and Mapping. Presented at Eastern Academy of Management, Providence, Rhode Island.
    Presentation of Professional Publications - National
  • Betters-Reed, B. & Moore, L. ( 2006 ) The Development of a Diversity Model through Case Research. North American Case Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.
  • Betters-Reed, B. (2003, September). Assurance of Learning Small School Strategies. American Association of Colleges and Schools of Business AACSB Continuous Improvement Symposium, St. Louis, Missouri.

Presentation of Professional Publications - Regional

  • Betters-Reed, B. & D. Desplaces (May 2011). Mentoring Workshop, CASE Association, Boston, MA.
  • Panel Chair (2010, May). The CASE for Mentoring and Being Mentored. CASE Association and EAM, Portland, ME.
  • The Sustainability of the Management Major: Confronting the Null Hypothesis Panel (May 2007) EAM Annual Meeting, New Brunswick, N.J., May 17-19, 2007.
  • Betters-Reed, B. (2005, May). Junior Faculty Consortium The Small School Experience Scholarly Challenges and Strategies. Eastern Academy of Management, Springfield, Massachusetts.