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Constance Porter, PhD
Associate Professor of Organization Development

Phone: 512-416-5827

  • PhD in Education at University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1999
  • MEd in Adult Education Human Resource Development and Leadership Program at University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1992
  • BS in Psychology at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1977
Why I Teach

As the saying goes: “None of us are as smart as all of us.” In this spirit, I design my courses so my students directly engage and learn with me. For example, in one class I use a learning contract so students outline and commit to their learning objectives, activities and even their final grade.

I know that this kind of educational dialogue generates positive change in my life and allows me to make a difference. As a lifelong learner, I hope to be a curious, open teacher and learn from my students for many years to come.

  • Dr. Porter’s research focuses on leading change, ethics, social entrepreneurship and complexity theory as it applies metaphorically to organizations
  • She has published a variety of articles on management and social science topics including executive competencies, applied social value, and shared values
  • Her current research agenda covers emergence in organizations, organizational change and agent effectiveness.
  • Recent research articles include:  ‘Complexity Science: The Problem with Problems in Organizations,’ ‘Supervisory Dilemmas for a Health Care Manager,’  ‘Observing and Learning from Social Entrepreneurship: Creation of Social Value through Meaningful Actions,’ ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Central Texas Center,’ ‘The changing role of the 21st century manager’
Workplace Focus
  • Since 1982, Dr. Porter has worked with a wide variety of organizations, including educational institutions, governmental agencies, family businesses and Fortune 50 companies
  • Dr. Porter authored a column in NSIDE Magazine, a business-to-business publication for the Austin business community.  She wrote on topics such as ‘Change Leadership,’ ‘Virtual Leadership,’ and ‘Austin & Ethics.’
  • Recent consulting and executive training programs include projects at Dell Computers, FoxConn, Benefits Design, Marconi Communications, Austin Independent School District, Texas State University, Vermeer Manufacturing, Toyko Electron, and Applied Materials.
  • More than 25 years of internal and external OD consulting experience creating synergistic solutions to human problems that impact business
  • Provided value-added support in the development of business model strategy, framework, process mapping and roadmaps to deliver exceptional support to internal and external stakeholders
  • Designed, led and evaluated small, medium and large-scale change initiatives
  • Created successful base level establishment, process improvement, evaluation and recognition processes