Lisa Kangas

Senior Core Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Lisa M. Kangas, Ph.D., has served in various higher education leadership roles, taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and mentored students and faculty for over 20 years. Dr. Kangas served in various leadership capacities, including Director for Academic Affairs, managing over 200 faculty and 2000+ students in 8 programs at three campuses. In addition, she is a higher education consultant with over 12 years of consulting experience and more than 20 years of business experience, working for several Fortune 100 companies and her family-owned businesses while growing up.

At Walden University, Dr. Kangas is a senior core faculty who mentors and teaches doctorate students in the DBA program. In previous faculty consulting and leadership positions, she was a former supervisor to contributing faculty, whom she mentored and trained, and assigned chair and mentor assignments. She currently mentors and teaches Doctoral Study Mentoring, Doctoral Study Completion, Strategic Management for Competitive Advantage, Organization Leadership Doc Theory Practices, Seminar in Change Management, and Seminar in Innovation Management courses. Dr. Kangas also teaches residencies, intensives, and capstone courses. Dr. Kangas serves as a chair and second committee member on numerous doctoral student research committees.

Dr. Kangas currently serves on the EDGE Leadership Committee, as the Interim Chair for the EDGE Research and Analytics Committee and Affinity Research Project Committee, University Committee and Academic Policy Governance Committee, Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, and formerly on the Center for Social Change Advisory Council, the Center for Learning Innovation Advisory Council, DBA Curriculum and Program (CAP) Committee, Petitions Committee, as well as numerous other committees and advisory councils.

Dr. Kangas's research interests include positive social change and sustainability development goals, innovation, emerging trends in higher education, change management, and innovations and emerging technologies. She presents at various higher education conferences and publishes articles regularly on these topics. In addition, she recently wrote a micro-course on Be a Better Leader: Appreciate Inquiry.

Courses Taught

DDBA 8101 - Doctoral Study Mentoring

DDBA 9000 - Doctoral Study Completion

DDBA 8161 - Business Strategy and Innovation for Competitive Advantage


BA, University of MN

MA, University of Phoenix

PhD, Capella University


Kangas, L. (2009). Assessing the Value of the Relationship Between Organizational Culture Types and Knowledge Management Initiatives. Journal of Leadership Studies


Kangas, L. M. (2012). 21st Learning Tool: Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. OLC

Kangas, L. M. (2012). Bloom's Taxonomy for the Digital Age. University of Phoenix

Kangas, L. M. (2016). Getting Your Students Started with NVivo: Qualitative Analysis. Walden University

Kangas, L. M. (2015). Educators Role with Reluctant Adult Learners: A Prezi Presentation. Pearson