M.B.A. (Toronto), B.A. (Trent)
Associate Professor (retired)
Areas of Expertise:
women in business
heritage water-powered mills
Professor Kathryn Campbell is the longest serving member of the Business Administration Program, having joined the faculty in 1978, at a time when the Program was called the Administrative and Policy Studies Program and commonly referred to as A&P. She taught Financial Accounting both in Peterborough (15 years) and at the university campus at Durham College in Oshawa (2 years). Other courses taught include Introduction to Management, Management Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and a number of honours year/special topics courses (Women in Business, Culture and Management, Women Entrepreneurs, Management Consulting, Project Management). In 1984, she co-designed a required third-year course (AD350), originally called Managerial Planning and Control, and now called The Politics of Budgeting. The course asks students to engage in a critical and reflective analysis of the key management functions of planning, budgeting and control, with particular emphasis on the human/political aspects and implications of these functions. Since 1996, she has also taught a fourth-year research course on Family Business (AD465).
University and Professional Service
Professor Campbell supervised the Trent University Small Business Consulting Service, a student-run summer program sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Industry and Trade. During its four summers of operation (1987-1990), the Service provided consulting advice to 160 local businesses. She was a member of the Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA) Executive for ten years and held a number of positions: Arbitration Team 1984-85; Salary Officer 1984-85; Negotiations Team 1985-86; Voluntary Early Retirement Taskforce 1985-86; Editor of TUFA Times 1985-87 and 1988-91; TUFA Treasurer 1988-91; Negotiations Team and Strike Coordinator 1989-91; and Negotiations Team 1993. She was Director of the Business Administration Program from 1994 to 1997. Professor Campbell has served on the University’s Board of Governors (1996-1998) and was a member of Senate (1997-1998 and 2006-2008). In 2007-2008, she was Senate visitor to the Board of Governors and also served on the Board of Governors Committee to Review the Presidential Mandate. For the past two years, Professor Campbell and her ADMN 350 students have organized various fundraising activities in support of Friends of Honduran Children, raising more than $7,000.
In the Peterborough community, she has served on numerous boards of non-profit organizations, including the YWCA, Community Futures, Junior Achievement and Trinity College School. She was appointed to the Board of Governors of Sir Sandford Fleming College for two three-year terms (1990-1996); she chaired the Finance and Property and Audit Committees for five years and was Chair of the Board in her final year. She subsequently chaired Fleming’s first capital campaign (1996-1999) which exceeded its goal of $1.5 million. Since 2005, she has been President of the Friends of Hope Mill, an association of volunteers who have now restored an 1836 water-powered sawmill and have opened it to the public. On May 10, 2008, the Friends were very pleased to offer His Royal Highness Prince Andrew a private tour of the Mill. In 2006, she joined the board of the Otonabee Region Conservation Foundation which is mandated to preserve and enhance the local watershed.
At the provincial level, her volunteer activities include service on the disciplinary tribunal of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (1988-1991) and university representative on the Expert Panels for Secondary Curriculum Development/Business Studies (1997).
Research interests and recent publications
Her research has focused on the often invisible and always undervalued contributions that women bring to organizational processes. Women in management, Botswana women in micro-enterprises, women entrepreneurs and women in family business have, in turn, been studied from a feminist, deconstructionist perspective.
Campbell, Kathryn (2009) “Rekindling the entrepreneurial potential of family business: A radical feminist (old-fashioned) feminist proposal”, in D. Hjorth and C. Steyaert (eds), The Politics and Aesthetics of Entrepreneurship: A Fourth Movements in Entrepreneurship Book, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp.164-186.
Campbell, Kathryn (2006) “Women, Mother Earth and the business of living”, in C. Steyaert and D. Hjorth (eds), Entrepreneurship as Social Change: A Third Movements in Entrepreneurship Book, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 165-187.
Campbell, Kathryn (2004) “Quilting a feminist map to guide the study of women entrepreneurs”, in D. Hjorth and C. Steyaert (eds), Narrative and Discursive Approached in Entrepreneurship: A Second Movements in Entrepreneurship Book, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 194-209.
Refereed Conference papers
Campbell, Kathryn (2008) “Spousal Governance: Exploring Models of Copreneurial Management Structures” presented at EIASM 4th Workshop on Family Firms Management Research, Naples, Italy, June 8-10, 2008 and published in Conference Proceedings (CD).
Campbell, (2005) “The Mother/Daughter Enterprise as Quintessential Entrepreneurial Incubator”, presented at 22nd CCSBE-CCPME Conference, Waterloo, ON, October 27-29, 2005 and published in Conference Proceedings (CD)
Refereed Poster Session
Campbell, Kathryn (2006) “Reframing Family Business Theory Using a Feminist Lens of Analysis”, 2006 Family Enterprise Research Conference, April 28-20, 2006, Niagara Falls, ON.
Photo credit, Michael Cullen ’82, from his 1996 exhibition “The Chair”.