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Radostina (Ina) K. Purvanova, Ph.D.

Professor of Management and Organizational Leadership, and Department Chair

Dr. Radostina (Ina) Purvanova is a Professor of Leadership and Management at Drake University’s Zimpleman College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Her research interests lie in the areas of virtual leadership, high-quality work relationships, and women in the workplace. Her research has been published in prestigious management journals, including The Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business and Psychology, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Performance, and Small Group Research. Dr. Purvanova teaches courses on Leadership and Personal Development, as well as Organizational Behavior, to both undergraduate and MBA students. Her central teaching goal is to help students grow as future leaders through learning more about themselves and about effective leadership. In her personal life, Dr. Purvanova is married to a fellow academician who teaches English Literature at Iowa State University. She has two children – Vassil and Kalida and is also the proud adoptive parent of Toby—a rather naughty cat.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2737
Address: 2847 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 322


  • Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • M.A., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Emporia State University
  • B.A., Business Administration: American University in Bulgaria

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • High quality work relationships
  • Women at the workplace
  • Bias at the workplace
  • Virtual teams


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