Ethics in Leadership


Research Fellow 2008-09

Sara Cook

Assistant Dean, Dahl School of Business
Director, Master of Business Administration
Associate Professor of Business

SaraPrior to coming to Viterbo, Sara was a consultant (specializing in project management and systems analysis and design) for several years—primarily for State of Wisconsin clients in Madison. Before that, she worked as a software engineer (specializing in database design and web programming). At her workplaces she was also involved in recruitment and training. Currently, Sara nurtures her entrepreneurial spirit and creativity as a photographer and partner of a photography business ( She is also a certified leadership coach for The Leadership Circle.

Research Activities: As research coordinator for the MBA program, Sara continuously advises 25 to 50 graduate research projects. In the past few years, she has presented her own research, The Impact of Sarbanes Oxley on Information Technology Professionals and The Use of Blogs as an Educational Tool in Graduate Business Courses; has submitted for publication Burnout of IT workers: A mixed methodology investigation; and has another working paper, The lived experience of information technology workers with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance responsibilities. For the 2008-09 academic year, Sara has been selected as a research fellow for the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and is studying the role of hope and leadership in small non-profit organizations.