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Professor, Organizational Leadership

Pictured is Helena Knorr. Photo by Randall Coleman.Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, Universidad del Pais Vasco
  • Master of Education, University of Minnesota
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Systems
  • Ethical Leadership and Sustainable Organizations
  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Interpersonal Communications for Leaders
  • Women in Leadership
  • Leading in Diverse Communities
  • Gender and Power
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making


Helena Knörr, Ph.D, is a professor in the Rowland School of Business and the Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice at Point Park University, an entrepreneurship professor at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and an HR consultant.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Human Resource Education. Her research field mainly encompasses, among others, issues including entrepreneurship, women in leadership, career development, ethics in the workplace and work-family balance. Also, Knörr serves as a reviewer and consulting editor for several peer- reviewed journals and professional organizations.

Throughout her professional career, she has been mainly involved in developing entrepreneurs through the conduction of workshops addressed to different actors in society and her service as a mentor or consultant. She has developed such tasks in many areas worldwide as the Caribbean region, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the U.S. In her own words, her mission is “to empower individuals and organizations to thrive in the 21st Century, by providing them with tools, skills and experiences that foster their development."

Selected Publications

  • Co-authored "Motivations and differences upon reconciling professional and personal life: An empirical study of businesswomen and businessmen in the Valencian Community," International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, Sept. 2011.
  • "Developing the female entrepreneur from a Human Resource Management perspective: Lessons from women who reached top management," International Journal of Manpower, 2011.
  • Co-authored "Employee extra-role job behavior: A perspective from the direct and indirect consequences of supervisor's ethical leadership" published in Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 2011.

Selected Presentations

  • "Social Entrepreneurship Models for Developing Sustainable Wetlands," University of Veracruz Mexico, virtual presentation, Oct. 2022.
  • "Entrepreneurship Development Systems That are Inclusive, Equitable and Egalitarian," Social Inclusion, Regional Development and Community Engagement of Amazonia Orinoquia Regions of Colombia, Sept. 15-16, 2021.
  • "Values, Ethics and Sustainable Development of Businesses," Second International Meeting in Entrepreneurship Development, Mexico City, Mexico, June 2014.
  • "Emerging Leaders," Point Park University M.A. in organizational leadership program seminar, March 27, 2014.
  • "Developing Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs," Red EmprendeSur international conference, Medellín, Columbia, October 2013.
  • "Understanding the career development experiences of women entrepreneurs," 2012 Conference of the International Network of Business and Management Journals, Valencia, Spain.
  • Presented workshop on "Women Entrepreneurs" at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona.
  • Presented workshop on "Madrid Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Skills" at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid.
  • "Young entrepreneurs innovate in Europe, what makes them different?" and "From employees to entrepreneurs: the relevance of virtues," 2010 Conference of the International Network of Business and Management Journals, Valencia, Spain.

Research Interests

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Women in leadership
  • Career development
  • Organization development
  • Organization culture
  • Ethics in the workplace
  • Work-family balance

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