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Jenny Knowles Morrison

Jenny Knowles Morrison

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Dr. Jenny Knowles Morrison brings a unique cross-cultural perspective to her research and teaching, having taught, researched, consulted, and program-managed in Southeast Asia and the Middle East over the past eight years. 

Dr. Morrison’s teaching specializations include organizational behavior, public management, leadership, emotional intelligence, qualitative research methods, reflective practice, and strategic and performance management.  She holds specialized skills in group facilitation, cooperative inquiry, and action research, as well as has had over a decade of experience teaching and managing team processes.  She is a trained Hay Group consultant, certified to administer and coach using the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI).

Dr. Morrison is a qualitative researcher and skilled organizational ethnographer, with specialized methodological capacities in action research, narrative inquiry, focus group, survey, and in-depth interview techniques.  She has managed several field research teams and facilitated community-based participatory workshops across the globe. 

Her research focuses on contributing to understandings of the human experience undergirding the implementation of public policies, particularly the collective management processes associated with international development policy implementation.  Dr. Morrison’s dissertation, “From Global Paradigm to Grounded Policy:  The Socio-Cognitive Construction of Participatory Development in Cambodia,” explored understandings of development, specifically the sense made of the principles underlying participatory development policies, as held by local and international staff working on the ground in the country of Cambodia.  Her current research extends this focus, to explore how diverse stakeholders in complex multicultural environments are able to cross cultural, institutional, and sectoral boundaries, to enact social impact. 

In addition, Dr. Morrison has been deeply involved in program creation, development and reform during her tenure in Cambodia and the United Arab Emirates, founding the first master’s level Development Studies program in Cambodia (Royal University of Phnom Penh) and supporting the launch of the first doctoral program at a private university in the United Arab Emirates.  In her role as a faculty member at the Dubai School of Government, Dr. Morrison managed a year-long program accreditation and institutional reform process, which gave her insight into the challenges of building new curriculum streams in emerging programs. 

Dr. Morrison has been a consultant to the UNDP, UNCDF, SIDA, DFID, DANIDA, and GTZ, as well as served as a technical advisor to the Cambodian Development Resource Institute.  She also worked on Capitol Hill for two years, as a Congressional Fellow for the International Relations Committee (1997-1998) and as a legislative assistant to the Democratic Caucus Chair, Congressman Martin Frost (1998-1999).

Dr. Morrison holds a PhD in Public Administration from New York University, as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

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