Margaret Ruth Lee Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Margaret Ruth Lee

Principal, LEE Consultants
LEE Consultants

Dr. Margaret R. Lee, PMP®, has a doctorate in Organization and Management/Project Management and is principal for LEE Consultants. Lee’s consulting practice assists educational facilities in strategically planning virtual project management and e-leadership development curricula and also provides basic project management training and consultation for small businesses to international corporations. LEE Consultants is a Registered Education Provider (REP) for the Project Management Institute.


Her professional experience includes corporate trainer, instructional designer and project manager. She currently teaches at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois. Lee also teaches online for Florida Institute of Technology, Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and the University of Northwestern Ohio. She is a frequent guest presenter at the University of Wisconsin – Madison Fluno Center for Executive Education and for Project Management Institute chapters throughout the United States.

Margaret Lee is a referee for the International Journal of Project Management, on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, and a reviewer for the Project Management Institute’s Research & Education Conference. An active member of the PMI Central Illinois Chapter, she is a facilitator for their Springfield, Illinois division’s PMP Exam Review Course Certification Training. Her recent presentations include “Using discussion forum rubrics as a teaching strategy to enhance collaborative learning in online courses” at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (ACCE) World Conference on Educational Media and Technology; “Stakeholder Management” for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business Fluno Center for Executive Education; and as a panel symposium member for “Moving beyond the ordinary project management curriculum at the graduate level” at the Project Management Institute’s Research and Education Conference.

Lee’s articles can be found in the Journal of Project, Program & Portfolio Management, Special Issue: Project Management Education in the Online World; Road Map – Project Management Consulting Journeys, Destinations and the Best Paths to Take; Training and Management Development Methods; International Journal of Project Management; International Journal of Aging and Development - A Journal of Psychosocial Gerontology; and International Journal of Aging and Human Development - A Journal of Psychosocial Gerontology.  She has published chapters in the following texts: Project Management; Public Leadership; and Encyclopedia of E-Business Development and Management in the Digital Economy: Vol. II.  


    LEE Consultants, Principal               2010 - Current
    •Assist educational facilities in strategically planning a curriculum for virtual project management and e-leadership
    •Assist in incorporating appropriate academic research and managerial practices in the development of the new curriculum
    •Collaborate and work with existing teams on planning the new curriculum, analyzing existing course offerings, resolving issues and capitalizing on opportunities
    •Recommend courses and learning paths, assist educators in managing the development and implementation of the curriculum, coach leaders to maintain and sustain the curriculum
    •Provide basic project management training for international-level organizations
    •Registered Education Provider (REP) for the Project Management Institute (PMI)
    State Farm Insurance Companies, Bloomington, Illinois 1990 – 8/2008
    Project Manager, Learning and Development Department       
    •Provided project management for enterprise-wide training programs serving agents, agents’ team members, underwriters and claims personnel.
    •Managed internal department projects for department restructure, resulting in reaching departmental goals and short-term plans.  
    •Organized and coordinated internal activities, such as United Way Campaign, Lunch ‘n’ Learns and the Mentoring Program.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Organization and Management
    Specialization in Project Management
    Dissertation title: E-leadership for project managers: A study of situational leadership and virtual project success

Personal Interests

    Hiking, biking and cooking - hoping that the first two offset the latter.



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