Dr. Alec Zama

Title: Professor of Business Admin/Econ
Dept.: Business Administration
Office: Krumm Center 7

I was born and grew up in Moldova, one of the former republics in the former Soviet Union. I went to the university in Moldova where I completed my undergraduate degree in horticulture. I worked as an assistant manager and then as a manager in Moldova before coming to the USA in 1994. After coming to the USA, I completed my masters (MBA) at the University of Arkansas and then my doctorate (DBA) at St. Ambrose University. Prior to starting my teaching career at Grand View, I worked as a manager of an international exchange program for the US Department of State and consulted on international business. I also worked as an interpreter and translator for English-Romanian and English-Russian projects. I understand six languages but I am fluent in three only. I enjoy sports (mostly watching on TV) and reading about leadership:).

Education Background

  • D.B.A. – St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, May 2012
    • Dissertation: Corporate Elites - How Do They Come to Be: An Analysis of TMT Composition Change following CEO Succession
  • M.B.A. – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, May 1997
    • Diploma - Agricultural Management, Agricultural
  • Training Institute, Chisinau, Moldova, November 1993 (The transcripts were evaluated by an accredited transcript evaluation agency in the U.S.A. and were assessed as one year credit in a Master’s program at an accredited university in the U.S.A.)
  • B.S. – Horticulture, Agricultural State University of Moldova (formerly known as Kishinev Agricultural Institute - Frunze), Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, March 1988
  • Certified Facilitator – Certified Facilitator of the Student Leadership Challenge, The Student Leadership Challenge, Wiley, January 2016
  • Certified Practitioner - The MBTI Step I and Step II Instruments, Myers & Briggs Foundation, Chicago, Illinois, July 2017 

Start Date at Grand View

  • Fall 2005

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Management Leadership (Certified Facilitator of the Student Leadership Challenge)
  • Organizational Behavior (Myers-Briggs Certified Practitioner) 

Research / Accomplishments

  • Human Resources Management (HRM) Practices at Integrity Construction Services (ICS), Teaching Case to be Presented at Midwest Academy of Management Conference, Fargo, North Dakota, October 2016
  • Antecedents to TMT Composition: The Role of Incoming CEO, Paper presented at Midwest Academy of Management Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2014
  • Impact of High-CSE CEO on Top Management Team Composition and Size, Paper presented at Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Itasca, Illinois, October 2012
  • Corporate Elites - How Do They Come to Be: An Analysis of TMT Composition Change following CEO Succession, Dissertation for the Completion of the Doctorate of Business Administration Program at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, May 2012
  • Organizational Culture and Employee Agreement on the Boundary between In-role and Organizational Citizenship Behavior (OCB) as an Extra-role Behavior, Paper presented at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Omaha, Nebraska, October 2011
  • A Protean Approach to Global Careers, Paper presented at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois, October 2009
  • Propositions for a Natural Experiment, Presented at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Chicago, Illinois, October 2009

Questions & Answers

What makes Grand View unique among other universities?
I liked the size of the university. This allows me to develop close relationships with students, other faculty and staff members. I like the collegial atmosphere in our department. Also, I like that GV is located in Des Moines. This allows our students to find various internship and community leadership experiences. 
What is your favorite part about working at Grand View?
I liked the academic freedom that we have to be creative in developing our courses. I like the relationships that I develop with my advisees and with the Viking Leadership Credential students. I like coming to work every day. 
Dr. Alec Zama