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Orfalea College of Business

Patty Dahm

Patty Dahm

Office 03-446
Phone 805-756-2977

Associate Professor of Management, Human Resources, and Information Systems

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Patty Dahm

Dr. Patricia Dahm is an associate professor of management at the Orfalea College of Business. Her research is inspired by the challenge of authentic identity management in the process of achieving both career success and personal well-being. More specifically, Professor Dahm’s research program examines social roles in relationship to leadership behaviors, workplace perceptions, and career and life outcomes as well as identity management at the work-family interface. She addresses her research questions using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Her work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Industrial Relations, and Journal of Managerial Psychology, among others. She was honored to receive the Best Paper Award for the Organizational Behavior Division at the 2019 Academy of Management in Boston, MA.

Professor Dahm received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and an MBA from the University of Illinois. Her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering is from the University of Notre Dame. Before launching her academic career, Professor Dahm worked as an organizational effectiveness consultant at Target Corporation and as a finance manager and analyst for Sprint in previous years.


  • Ph.D., Business Administration (OBHR), University of Minnesota
  • MBA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame


  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo – Assistant Professor of Management & HR
  • Target Corporation — Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Senior Training Specialist
  • Sprint Corporation – Staff Manager, Senior Financial Analyst
  • Ingersoll-Rand – Design Engineer, Engineering Management Program Member

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