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Dorothy Agger-Gupta, Ph.D. - Fielding Graduate University. Victoria, BC, CA

Dorothy Agger-Gupta, Ph.D.

Interim Dean of Academic Affairs | Fielding Graduate University

Victoria, BC, CANADA

Working together for a more just and equitable world through education, imagination, technology, and art



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Dr. Dorothy Agger-Gupta is interim Dean of Academic Affairs at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Her international research and scholarship integrates digital technology and social media, healthcare systems, art, and social justice within organizations. Throughout her professional and academic career, she has worked within culturally and linguistically diverse communities. As a professor, she has supervised over 60 doctoral dissertations authored by students from several countries including Canada, Kenya, China, Colombia, Norway, the United Arab Emirates, United States, and Italy. Her research interests and publications involve art and social justice (particularly women’s art), leadership, phenomenography, action research, and variation theory within organizations and health care settings. Her extensive professional career includes technology and computer systems development, social and child welfare work, and art.

Industry Expertise (10)



Library and Information Management

Program Development

Health and Wellness

Information Technology and Services

Media - Online

Social Media


Social Services

Areas of Expertise (22)

Phenomenography & Action Research

Organization Studies

Online Gaming and Leadership Competencies

Social Change & Women's Art

Organizational Innovation & Transformative Change

Media Information & Knowledge

Information Society & Knowledge Organizations

Women & Online Games

Games & Online Gaming

Variation Theory & Phenomenography

Virtual Collaboration

Healthcare Leadership

Virtual Research

Project Management

Systems Theory

Social Networks

International Leadership


Art Based Research

Information Quality

Transnational Inquiry

Social Media & Social Change

Education (2)

University of Massachusetts, School of Management: PhD, Management Information Systems and Organizational Behaviour 1989

University of Massachusetts: BA, Psychology

Affiliations (6)

  • Academy of Management
  • Collaborative Action Research Network
  • European Academic Research and Learning Institute (EARLI)
  • EARLI SIG 9: Phenomenography and Variation Theory
  • International Leadership Association
  • Organization Development Network

Event Appearances (6)

Evidence Based Coaching - The Next Best Practices

The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai  Shanghai, China


The world cafe as co-generative action research method

(October, 2014) Conference Workshop presented at the 16th Annual International Leadership Association Conference  Hilton Bayfront Hotel, San Diego, California

Leadership, sinkholes, & planned change: Disciplinary knowledge & necessary conditions of scholar-practitioner graduate learning from the perspectives of phenomenography and variation theory

(September, 2014) Conference presentation presented at the Disciplinary knowledge and necessary conditions of learning: European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) SIG9 Phenomenography Conference  Regent’s College, Oxford, UK

Phenomenographic action research: Improving practice through embracing variation

(November, 2013) Conference Workshop presented at the Collaborative Action Research Network Conference  Tromso, Norway

Collaborative phenomenographic action research with multi-disciplinary, multi-lingual teams: University Health Network (UHN) project case study

(August, 2012) Conference Workshop presented at the European Association for Research on Learning & Instruction (EARLI) Special Interest Group 9 on Phenomenography & Variation Theory Biennial Conference  Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden

Embracing variation: Building frameworks for leaders to promote integrity in organizations through discernment, dialogue, and analysis of variation

(March, 2011) Conference Workshop presented at the Western Academy of Management 2011 Conference  Victoria, B.C., Canada

Articles (1)

Uncertain Frontiers

Handbook of Online Learning: Innovations in Higher Education and Corporate Training

Sitting in her kitchen in Wisconsin, with her children finally asleep, Linda—an accountant, single mother, and graduate student—turns on her computer and logs on to an online seminar on global leadership. She reads the entries posted by the professor, a public ...

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