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Business Administration

Mary Foster

Dr. Mary Foster

Professor, Business Administration

Office: GSBM 648
Phone: 443-885-1691


Ph.D. Morgan State University - Management (Education minor), 2011
M.B.A. University of Pennsylvania - Finance and Marketing, 1986
M.S. Johns Hopkins University - Planning, 1979
B.S. University of Maryland - Recreation Planning, 1976

Mary K. Foster is an Associate Professor in the Business Administration Department of Morgan State University's Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management where she has taught since 2011. She earned her Ph.D. in management at Morgan State University, her M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, her M.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and her B.S. from the University of Maryland . Dr. Foster was a business executive with recognized expertise in strategy, innovation, and marketing at organizations like Sylvan Learning, General Electric, and Mars, Inc. for many years before pursuing a career in teaching and research. 

Research interest:
Her areas of research interest are team and organizational effectiveness, particularly in education, innovation, and health care settings and the scholarship of teaching and Interests

Recent Publications:
Adeyinka, O., & Foster, M. K. (2017). Getting back on track: Change management at AfrobitLink Ltd. The CASE Journal, 13(1), 120-151. doi:

Foster, M. K. (2016). Making a tough personnel decision at Nova Waterfront Hotel. The CASE Journal, 12(1), 27-48. doi:10.1108/TCJ-06-2015-0014

Foster, M. K., Abbey, A., Callow, M. A., Zu, X., & Wilbon, A. D. (2015). Rethinking virtuality and its impact on teams. Small Group Research, 46(3), 267-299. doi:10.1177/1046496415573795

Foster, M. K. (2014). Data collection for team research: Assessing the impact of virtuality on team effectiveness. SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, UK: SAGE Publications.

Taplin, S., Foster, M. K., & Shortell, S. M. (2013). Organizational leadership for building effective health care teams. Annals of Family Medicine, 11(3). doi:10.1370/afm.1506

Ibrahim, S., Makkawi, B., Schick, A., & Foster, M. (2013). Class selection preferences of African-American Millennial business school students: A study of student characteristics. Global Perspectives on Accounting Education, 10, 103-121.

Taplin, S. H., Price, R. A., Edwards, H. M., Foster, M. K., Breslau, E. S., Chollette, V., . . . Zapka, J. (2012). Understanding and influencing multilevel factors across the cancer care continuum. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monograph, 44, 2-10.

Foster, M. K., & Taylor, V. F. (2012). Organizational culture-diagnosis and feedback. In D. L. Anderson (Ed.), Cases and exercises in organization development and change (pp. 93-103). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Clauser, S. B., Taplin, S. H., Foster, M. K., Fagan, P., & Kaluzny, A. D. (2012). Multilevel intervention research: Lessons learned and pathways forward. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monograph, 44, 127-133.

Charns, M. P., Foster, M. K., Alligood, E. C., Benzer, J. K., Burgess, J. F., Li, D., . . . Clauser, S. B. (2012). Multilevel interventions: Measurement and measures. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monograph, 44, 67-77.

Foster, M. K. (2009). From micro to meso: Overuse of strengths-A framework for assessing and improving organization effectiveness. Journal of North American Management Society, 4(1), 18-29.

Foster, M. K. (2009). Radio station WEAA: Leadership in a challenging situation. Case Research Journal, 29(3/4), 109-121.

Foster, M. K., & Abbey, A. (2008). Same store sales growth: A question of ethics. Annual Advances of Business Cases, 28, 215-222.

Foster, M. K., & Abbey, A. (2008). Going live. Journal of Critical Incidents, 1, 30-34.