Gu├░finna S Bjarnad├│ttir, Lecturer

School:School of Technology / Department of Engineering 


1991  West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 
          Ph.D. Behavioral Psychology, Performance Management
1989  West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 
          M.A. Behavioral Psychology
1986  University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland - B.A. Psychology
1977  Teachers University of Iceland, Reykjavik  - Studentsprof


1998 -         Rector/President, Reykjavík University
1991-1998  CEO, LEAD Consulting in USA
1986-1991  Instructor and graduate student at West Virginia University (WVU)

RU teaching record

2019-3T-874-SRTSConsultancy, Change and Organizational Development
2018-3T-874-SRTSConsultancy, Change and Organizational Development
2017-3T-874-SRTSConsultancy, Change and Organizational Development

Teaching outside RU

Performance Management
Performance Measures
Strategic Planning
Human Behavior
Principles of Behavior
Problem Solving
Benchmarking Best Practices

Honours and grants

2004  Person of the year in Icelandic business, selected by a business newspaper in Iceland
          (Viðskiptablaðið – viðskiptaverðlaunin 2004)      
2003  5th Honorary member, Excellence Iceland
          (Stjórnvísi, the Icelandic Association for Quality and Leadership)
2003  Reykjavík University was selected the Company of the Year in Iceland
         (based on a survey by one of the largest employee associations in Iceland)
2002  Fálkaorðan, awarded the Order of the Icelandic Falcon by the President of Iceland
2002   Reykjavík University was selected the Company of the Year in Iceland
1998   Woman of the Year in Iceland


2003-          Chair, Committee for selecting leaders in Health Care, 
                   Ministry of Health and Social Security, Iceland
1998-2003  Board member, Baugur Group
1999-2002  Board member, Edda (publishing company)
1998-2002  Board member, Fulbright in Iceland

Various other boards and committees in Iceland and in USA


Chase, P. N. & Bjarnadottir, G.  Instructing Variability: Some features of a problem solving repertoire.  In S.C. Hayes and L.J. Hayes (Eds.) ,  Understanding Verbal Relations.  Reno, NV: Context Press. (1992)   
Bjarnadottir, G. S.  Programming Training Materials for Work Redesign Problem Solving.  Morgantown, WV: WVU (1991)
Bjarnadottir, G.  Quality Improvement Methods:  A Strategy for Competitive Advantage.  S.R. Snodgrass's First Annual Client Appreciation Day, Pittsburgh, PA (June 1995)
Bjarnadottir, G. & Roberts, R.L.  A Systematic Methodology to Identify and Utilize Performance Measures.  International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC), Washington, DC (May 1995)
Bjarnadottir, G.  Continuous Quality Improvement: A Method to Improve ROA.  Bank Administration Institute, Colorado (January 1995)
Mazza, L.F. & Bjarnadottir, G.  Award Presentation for the 1994 National Organizational Excellence Award.  Association for Quality and Participation (AQP), Washington, DC (December 1994)  
Mazza, L. F. & Bjarnadottir, G.  Quality the name of the game when performance counts.  Bank Management, Sept/Oct 1994
Bjarnadottir, G.  Customer Satisfaction.  Farmers Home Administration, St. Louis (May 1994)
Bjarnadottir, G.  Quality Improvement Techniques.  Mike Higgins Bankers Conference, Marco Island, Florida (March 1994)
Bjarnadottir, G.  Team-Building.  Wellness Council of West Virginia (June 1993)
Bjarnadottir, G.  Concurrent Product Development.  Concurrent Engineering Center, West Virginia University, (1992)
Bjarnadottir, G.  Facilitator Skills: Combining Process and People Engineering.  Financial Women International (FWI) (June 1992)
Bjarnadottir, G.  Team-Building and People Skills.  NCR Corporation, Atlanta, GA (May 1992)
Bjarnadottir, G. Chase, P. N., and Byrd, J., Jr.  Training Problem Solving Skills for Industrial Settings.  Association for Behavioral Analysis, Atlanta, GA (May 1991)
Bjarnadottir, G., Smith, J. M., and Metzger, B. Advancing Performance Management Skills Using the Pocket PIP.  Association for Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, Georgia (May 1991)
Bjarnadottir, G., Chase, P. N. (1988).  Training the Components of a Novel Verbal Response.  South Eastern Association for Behavior analysis Conference, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.