Organization, Leadership, and Communication — Business Administration — Organization Development
Linda S Henderson

Linda S Henderson, Ph.D.

Department Chair / Associate Professor

Associate Professor Linda Henderson has been a leader in program development at USF in her roles as founding Director of the M.S. in Project Management and Co-Director of the B.S. in Organizational Behavior.  She continues her programmatic leadership for the School of Management’s B.S. in Management, the undergraduate major in Organizational Behavior and Leadership, and her consulting to the M.S. in Organizational Development.  Her work as a senior level consultant for clients including Visa International, Hewlett-Packard, Dell Computers, Blue Shield of California, and Genentech informs her teaching and research on project management, organizational development, business process reengineering, and most recently, explorations into gender and the challenges faced by female project managers in global businesses.

Research from Dr. Henderson’s dissertation launched Management Communication Quarterly and served as an impetus to begin integrated and interdisciplinary research in this field. At present, Professor Henderson is writing a pedagogical research article on communication conundrums for student project teams.  She is also hosting Fulbright Scholar Rikke Lindekilde of Aarhus University and the Center for Leadership in Denmark and actively researching communication in global virtual teams with her. 

Having played a key role in projects for the Danish banking system, Hewlett-Packard in Mexico and Puerto Rico, SaskTel in Canada, and Cadence Design Systems in Taiwan, Dr. Henderson draws from her own experience as an international manager, helping students approach and overcome the communication barriers they’re likely to encounter as project managers and leaders in global business and organizations. Professor Henderson believes that in a climate of ever-increasing globalization, the ability to work and communicate effectively across cultures is perhaps the single most essential knowledge base for successful leadership.


Ph.D., Organizational Communication, Florida State University, FL
M.S., Communications, Texas Christian University, TX
B.S., Speech Communication/Theatre, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"Women Project Managers: The Exploration of Their Job Challenges and Issue Selling Behaviors," International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 6, No. 4, 2013 (with Stackman, R.W. and Koh, C.Y.)

"An exploratory study of gender in project management: Interrelationships with role, location, technology and project cost," Project Management Journal, Vol. 41, No. 5, 2010 (with Stackman, R.W.)

"The impact of project managers communication competencies: Validation and extension of a research model for virtuality, satisfaction and productivity on project teams," Project Management Journal, Vol. 39, No. 2, 2008

Honors and Awards

Erasmus Mundus (EU) Scholarship, Project Management, Umea University, Sweden, 2008

Visiting researcher, Santa Fe Institute, 2006


Former Co-director, B.S. Organizational Behavior, USF

Former Director, M.S. Project Management, USF

Peer Review Committees, 2010-2012, School of Management and USF

Strategic Planning Committee, 2010-2012, School of Management, USF

Chair, Graduate Program Committee, School of Management, USF, 2010 - 2011, USF

Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Project Organization and Management

Linda Henderson, University of San Francisco School of Management