Donna L. Haeger

Donna L. Haeger

  • Professor of Practice

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Faculty Expertise

  • Business Analytics
  • Leadership
  • Management


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Cornell Directory Entry


Donna L. Haeger is a Professor of Practice and the Faculty Director of Leadership Development at Cornell University, in the S.C. Johnson College of Business, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management.

As a professor in analytics and leadership, her focus in on teaching both spreadsheet modeling and leadership courses. Her leadership courses are for undergraduates in the Dyson School and across the University who have declared the leadership minor. She primarily teaches undergraduate and graduate modeling courses requiring data-driven decision-making. She has successfully designed live, hybrid and fully online versions of introductory, intermediate and advanced levels including the prestigious and global Business Analytics Certificate through eCornell. Her case-based courses focus on data literacy and computational thinking related to concepts like data management, data collection, data quality, data integrity, data mining, optimization modeling, and presentation of results. She employs business analytic concepts that expose learners to the proper use of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive modeling. She also serves as the Business Analytics Concentration coordinator for Dyson having chaired the committee responsible for its design and launch. As the faculty director of leadership development, Haeger has increased participation by 50% each year, launched a leadership fellows program as well as an alumni leadership mentoring program. Dr. Haeger’s research interests are at the intersection of organizational behavior and digitization. She explores technology in the workplace, leadership, teams, and management. She is dedicated to “Blending Human Systems” through engaged scholarship that will turn knowledge into action. She does this through education, research, and publication in the fields of leadership, business analytics, and management. Her contributions relate to her development of the “Work-Life Fusion” framework as well as leadership programs focused on systems and design principles. Haeger presents her research at the Academy of Management, International Leadership Association and the Association of Leadership Educators. She currently sits on the board of directors for Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rochester which specializes in spreading financial literacy and support to communities. She is dedicated to cultivating synergy between people and technology in organizations. Dr. Haeger spent over 20 years as a finance and management professional working with people, process and technology. Prior to Cornell, Haeger also taught courses in management theory, organizational behavior and marketing. Her Ph. D. from Case Western Reserve University is in Management and Designing Sustainable Systems.

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Dyson Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award 2019 (2019) Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • James J. Byrnes Award for Excellence (2018) Tompkins County
  • Trailblazer Award (Business Analytics Multi-Feed Method Course Design) (2018) eCornell
  • Nominated Best Dissertation of the Year (2014) Case Western Reserve University
  • Honored “Teacher Making a Difference” (2008) Monroe Community College

Recent Courses

  • AEM 3030 - Explorations in Analytic Modeling
  • AEM 4010 - Organizational Analytics and Leadership
  • AEM 2010 - Spreadsheet Modeling for Management and Economics
  • AEM 2011 - Spreadsheet Modeling for Non-Dyson Majors

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Case Western Reserve University, 2014
  • MS Nazareth College of Rochester, 2003
  • BS Rochester Institute of Technology, 1989