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Joan Shapiro Beigh

Academic Degrees

  • DBA, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business 
  • MBA, Northeastern Illinois University, College of Business and Management 
  • MS, Organizational Communication – Medill School of Journalism’s Integrated Marketing Communications Program, Northwestern University
  • BA, English Literature, Northwestern University​


Dr. Joan N. Shapiro Beigh is an instructor in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Driehaus College of Business. She also is a fellow at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center. 

Beigh has extensive experience in strategic and organizational communications, stakeholder research and corporate change management. For more than 20 years, she has consulted mid-size to Fortune 500 corporate clients. Her consulting focuses on evidence-based strategic communications, stakeholder feedback research, and employee engagement. Earlier in her career, she developed and executed communications programs and vehicles for McDonald’s while working for Golin/Harris Communications, Inc., and later, Media Options, Inc. Beigh also taught management strategy classes to Turkish human resources managers in Istanbul as the associate director of Mideast operations for The Covey Leadership Center. Her career started with Shell Oil Company and Chrysler Corporation at manufacturing and headquarters locati​ons, where she executed employee communications and community relations initiatives.

Beigh’s current research examines work styles and efficacies that lead to outcomes of positive team experience, effectiveness, and creativity. Her work has been published in Personality and Individual Differences, and The Journal of Business Management & Change. Dr. Beigh has presented at the annual conferences of the Academy of Management, Academy of Management Teaching & Learning, Midwest Academy of Management, Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, and two divisions of MBAA International. She is president emeritus of the Operations Management and Entrepreneurship Association (OMEA).

Beigh is the recipient of the Art Institute of Chicago Innovation in Teaching Award, given by DePaul's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Beigh received the award in recognition of pedagogical use of the Art Institute in her autumn 2021 class, MGT 302: Organizational Behavior.​ She also received two, university-wide awards from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning fellowship. 


  • MGT 300 Principles of Management
  • MGT 302 Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 373 Creativity & Entrepreneurship​