Patricia Bradshaw

Sobey School of Business

Faculty Member Information


Patricia Bradshaw (ICD.D) completed her term as the Dean of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in June of 2018 and is currently a Professor of Management at the University. She previously worked at the Schulich School of Business at York University and while there was the Director of the MBA Program and Chair of the Senate. Her research interests include the study of organizational power and politics, gender and nonprofit boards of directors. She has consulted with numerous nonprofits and her consulting projects include governance workshops, strategic planning, team building for boards and staff and training programs on change management and critical thinking skills. She has served on the board of the Association of Researchers in Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations (ARNOVA) as well as the board of Altrusvest and the Canadian Center for Ethics in Public Affairs. She is currently a member of the Community Council of Nova Scotia Board as well as the boards of APEC and Scotian Wind.


Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, York University, 1986
B.Comm, Honours, Queen's University, 1976

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Bradshaw Patricia, Toubiana M.. (2009)"Book review of Edwards, M., Small Change: Why business won't save the world", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 4:40, 773-775
Bradshaw Patricia, Atkey A.. (2003)"Book review of the art of trusteeship: The nonprofit board members guide to effective governance", The Philanthropist 4:18, 315-320
Bradshaw Patricia, Padanyi P.. (1996)"The dilemmas of authority in the management of nonprofit organizations", Nonprofit Management and Leadership 3:7, 327-332

Book Chapters

Guo C., Metelsky B., Bradshaw Patricia. (2013). "Out of the shadows: Nonprofit governance research from critical and democratic perspectives", Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspective and Approaches, 18-47
Bradshaw Patricia, Toubiana M.. (2011). "Dynamics of nested governance in nonprofit organizations", Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspective and Approaches , 231-248
Bradshaw Patricia, Wicks D.. (1999). "The experience of white women on corporate boards in Canada: Compliance and non-compliance to hegemonic masculinity", Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Challenges and Opportunities , 197-212
Bradshaw Patricia, Wicks D.. (1996). "Women in the Academy: The cycles of resistance and compliance", Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity , 199-255
Bradshaw Patricia. (1995). "Women as constituent directors: Re-reading current texts using a feminist-postmodernist approach", Postmodern Management and Organization Theory

Journal Articles

Toubiana Madeline, Oliver Chrstine, Bradshaw Patricia. "Beyond Differentiation and Integration: The Challenges of Managing Internal Complexity in Federations", Organization Studies (Fall - 2016), 1 - 25
Fredette Christopher, Bradshaw Patricia, Krause Heather. "From Diversity to Inclusion: A Multimethod Study of Diverse Governing Groups", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 45:(IS) (Spring - 2016), 28S - 51S
Bradshaw Patricia, Fredette C.. "Determinants of the range of ethnocultural diversity on nonprofit boards: A study of large Canadian nonprofit organizations ", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 42:6 (Spring - 2013), 1111-1133
Fredette C, Bradshaw Patricia. "Social capital and nonprofit governance effectiveness", Nonprofit Management and Leadership 22:4 (Spring - 2012), 391-409
Buchanan S., Bradshaw Patricia. "The Voice from Outside: Stakeholder Resistance in Nonprofit Organizations", Nonprofit Quarterly (Spring - 2012)
Bradshaw Patricia, Fredette C.. "The Inclusive Nonprofit: Leveraging the Transformative Potential of Diversity Reprint", Nonprofit Quarterly Special Winter 2013 issue (Spring - 2012), 50-57
Bradshaw Patricia, Fredette C.. "The Inclusive Nonprofit: Leveraging the Transformative Potential of Diversity", Nonprofit Quarterly (Spring - 2011), 32-38
Archibong U, Darr A, Eferakorho J, Scally A, Atkin K, Baxter C, Johnson M, Bell M, Waddington L, Wladasch K, Bedard T, Adejumo O, Sharps P, Bradshaw Patricia. "Positive action measures across different equality grounds, organizations and sectors in European and non-European countries", The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations 3 (Spring - 2010), 175-190
Hart B., Bradshaw Patricia. "Creating community governance: A view from the inside", Healthcare Quarterly 13:2 (Spring - 2010), 28-35
Bradshaw Patricia, Fredette C.. "Academic governance of universities: reflections of a senate chair on moving from theory to practice and back", Journal of Management Inquiry 18:2 (Spring - 2009), 123-133
Bradshaw Patricia. "A contingency approach to nonprofit governance", Nonprofit Management and Leadership 20:1 (Spring - 2009), 61-82
Bradshaw Patricia, Osborne R.. "School boards and their governance: A view from the inside", Education Canada 50:1 (Spring - 2009), 46-49
Bradshaw Patricia. "Reframing board staff relations: Exploring the governance function using a storytelling metaphor", Nonprofit Management and Leadership 12:4 (Spring - 2002), 471-485
Bradshaw Patricia, Jackson P.. "Loyal opposition", CA Magazine (Spring - 2000), 35-36
Bradshaw Patricia. "Power as dynamic tension and its implication for radical organizational change", European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 7:2 (Spring - 1998), 121-143
Bradshaw Patricia, Murray V., Wolpin J.. "Women on nonprofit boards: What difference do they make", Nonprofit Management and Leadership 6:3 (Spring - 1996), 241-254
Dart R., Bradshaw Patricia, Murray V., Wolpin J.. "Boards of directors in non-profit organizations: Do they follow a "Life Cycle" Model?", Nonprofit and Management Leadership 6:4 (Spring - 1996), 367-379
Bradshaw Patricia, Murray V., Wolpin J.. "Power in and around nonprofit boards: A neglected dimension of governance. ", Nonprofit Management and Leadership 3:2 (Spring - 1992), 165-182
Bradshaw Patricia, Murray V, Wolpin J. "Do nonprofit boards make a difference? An exploration of the relationship between board structure, process and effectiveness", Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 21:3 (Spring - 1992), 227-250
Bradshaw Patricia, Murray V.. "Illusions and other games: A trifocal view of organizational politics", Organization Science 2:3 (Spring - 1991), 379-398
Bradshaw Patricia. " The implications of multiple perspectives on power for organization development", Journal of Applied Behavioural Science 25:1 (Spring - 1989), 31-44
Bradshaw Patricia, Daft R.. "The process of organizational subdivision: Two models", Administrative Science Quarterly 25:3 (Spring - 1980), 441-456