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Elina  Ibrayeva Photo

Elina Ibrayeva

Associate Professor of Practice in Management
HLH 325 Z
P.O. Box 880491
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491
(402) 472-3915
Elina  Ibrayeva Photo
Ph.D. in Management, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Ph.D. in Political Economy, The Kazakh National State University
M.A. in Management, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
B.S. in Political Economy, The Kazakh National State University
Fullbright Research Program, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Executive Entrepreneurship Program, The Maastricht School of Management
Areas of Expertise
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Positive Organizational Behavior and Mindfulness
  • International Management
  • Full Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Associate Professor of Practice 2018
  • Assistant Professor of Practice 2013
CliftonStrengths ®
  • Maximizer
  • Achiever
  • Strategic
  • Connectedness
  • Self-Assurance


Dr. Elina Ibrayeva earned a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the Kazakh National State University in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 1999. She joined the College of Business in 2012 with expertise in international management and organizational behavior. 

She published in the Journal of International Business Studies and the Journal of World Business and contributed as a major collaborator to “Culture, Leadership, and Organizations: The GLOBE Study of 62 Societies” by Dr. Robert House, receiving a M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace.

Her most recent publications include “Expanding Cutts Floral Distributors,” The Case Journal; “Destination Unknown: Duncan Aviation in a Global Economy,” The Case Journal; “SML Parking and RFID Technology,” Journal of Business and Economics and “Union Pacific: Deregulation and Beyond,” American Journal of Management.

  • Ibrayeva, E. 2023. Designing a Super Course With the Use of Seven Best Learning Practices. American Academy of Management Presentation. Boston, MA, August 6.  Nominated for Best AOM Teaching and Learning Conference Proposal.
  • Ibrayeva, E. 2022, McGraw Hill Faculty Podcast “Maximizing Pedagogy for On-Campus and Online Courses”, November 3, 2022
  • Ibrayeva, E. 2022, McGraw Hill Faculty Podcast “Three Ways to Engage Students in Undergraduate Management Courses” November 3, 2022
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2022, June 5-6, Atlanta) "Online Course Design Incorporating Eight Best Learning Practices” National Teaching Professor Conference Presentation.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2021, September 16) Deconstructing Online MBA Assignments for Best Learning Practices. Presented at AACSB Online Learning Affinity Group Workshop.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2021, August 6) Using Canvas Discussion to Organize a Digital Storytelling Project in MNGT301. Presented at the 5th Annual Nebraska Canvas Users Event.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2020, August 7) Presenter, "Using Canvas Discussion to Create a Weekly Self-Reflection Journal in a Massive Introduction to Management Class." The Fourth Annual Nebraska Canvas Users Event: Best Remote Practices.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2020, June 16) "Raising the Bar: Management with Dr. Tawnya Means". Panelist, Zoom Conference by the Reinvention Collaborative Dedicated to Reinventing Undergraduate Education at Research Universities. 
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2020, June 10) Cracking the Code of Culture. Zoom Training for Nelnet Directors' Professional Development  Day.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2020, January 31) Cracking the Code of Culture. Presented at the CoB Professional and Executive Center’s Half-Day Workshop
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2019) McGraw Hill “Management Insights” podcast series: “Using Self-Reflection in a Large Introduction to Management Class”

  • Ibrayeva, E. (2019) McGraw Hill “Management Insights” podcast series: “Building Blocks for an Effective Online Course Design”

  • Ibrayeva, E. (2019) Becoming a Mindful Leader. Presented at the CoB Professional and Executive Center’s Power Lunch

  • Ibrayeva, E. (2019) Cracking the Code of Culture. Presented at the CoB Professional and Executive Center’s Power Lunch

  • Ibrayeva, E. (2017) Understanding Cultural Differences at ResourcePro. Paper submitted to TMT at ResourcePro
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2017) Cracking the Code of Culture. A whole-day workshop presented at Qingdao’s office of ResourcePro in China
  • Ibrayeva E. (2015)“Destination Unknown: Duncan Aviation in a Global Economy” The Case Journal, 11(2), 184-197.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2014). Expanding Cutts Floral Distributors. The Case Journal, 10(1), 24-40.
  • Ibrayeva E.  (2014)“Union Pacific: Deregulation and Beyond” American Journal of Management. 2014, Volume 14, Iss.1-2, pp.47-61.
  • Ibrayeva E. (2014) “SML Parking and SFID Technology” case, Journal of Business and Economics. 2014, Volume 5, Number 10, pp.1709-1726.
  • Luthans, F. & Ibrayeva, E. (2006).  Entrepreneurial Self-Efficacy in Central Asian Transition Economies: Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses. Journal of International Business Studies, 37, 92-100.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2006).  Entrepreneurial behaviors in Central Asian transition economies.  Proceedings of the 6th international business conference organized by the University of Economics, University of Economics in Bratislava and University of Economics, Prague, Slovakia (pp. 93-98).
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2005). Cultural dimensions for selected countries in the East European cluster.  Proceedings of the 5th international business conference "New Business Environment of the Slovak and the Czech Republics following their EU accession,” University of Economics in Bratislava and University of Economics, Prague, Slovakia (pp. 43-47).
  • Ibrayeva, E. (2004) Major Collaborator for The Culture, Leadership & Organizations: The GLOBE Study of 62 Societies published by Sage and edited by R. House, et al.
  • Luthans, F., Stajkovic, & Ibrayeva, E. (2000).  Environmental and psychological challenges facing entrepreneurial development in transitional economies. Journal of World Business, 35 (1), 95-110.
  • Luthans, F., Peterson, S., & Ibrayeva, E. (1998).  The potential for the "dark side" of leadership in post-communist countries. Journal of World Business, 33 (2), 185-201.
  • Ibrayeva, E. (1989-1993). Eight management articles published in Kazakhstan and Russia.


GRBA814 Applied Organizational Behavior

MNGT 828 Leadership in a Global Context

MNGT817 Positivity for Managers

GRBA852 International Business


BSAD395 Undergraduate Internship

MNGT414 International Management

MNGT301 Introduction to Management

MNGT 475 Strategic Management

MNGT 360 Organizational Behavior

MNGT361 Human Resource Management

MNGT 300 Essentials of Management for Non-Business Majors

BSAD 491 International Business with Trip to Panama

Developed BSAD 320 Global Issues course for the International Business program

Independent Undergraduate Study

Contracted Honors projects for UNL's  Honors Program students

MNGT 301 and MNGT 414 course assignments were used by the College in the Assessment of Learning during the most recent AACSB accreditation 


Positive Organizational Behavior and Positive Organizational Scholarship

Positive Psychology and Research on Happiness








Speaker at "Women Lead" bi-annnual  conference organized by UNL's College of Business and College of Law, March 1, 2024  Presentation Title: "Finding Three Goal Setting Rocks to Shatter Any Glass Ceilings."

Reviewed several chapters for a new edition of McGraw-Hill's "Organizational Behavior" textbook by Colquitt, et all. 

Reviewed several chapters for a new edition of McGraw-Hill's "Introduction to Management" textbook by Kinicki.

Reviewed three International Management Division papers and one Teaching and Learning Conference proposal for 2023 Academy of Management in Boston, MA.

Engaged in service for international non-profit organization A21 fighting Global Human Trafficking.  Invited a guest speaker Allen Nunnally A21 Asia-Pacific Director to MNGT414 class and developed a new team MNGT414 course assignment where ten GLOBE clusters researched human trafficking in one country from their assigned cluster.  

August 3, 2022. Employers Partners Day Faculty Lead Discussion for CoB Business Career Center

2021 - ACE 8&9 Redesign University Level Task Force Member

August 4, 2021. Employers Partners Day Presentation for CoB Business Career Center

UNL Faculty Senator from Department of Management

Co-Advisor for NUMSA (Nebraska University Malaysian Student Association)

Co-Advisor, International Business Club at the College of Business

2019-2021, International Student Career Readiness Certificate Program at the College of Business, Faculty Advisor

Take Parents to Lunch Program  (TAPL) Volunteer, 2016-2019

UNL Husker Dialogues, Faculty Facilitator, 2018

University Marshal

Faculty Leader, Study Abroad Trip to Panama (2018)

Faculty Affiliate, Study Abroad Trip to Uganda (2016)

2018, July: Organizational Strategic Planning workshop for 25 Young African Leaders from Mandela Washington Civic Leader Fellowship. Workshop presented at UNL, Lincoln, NE

2017, July: Three workshops for 25 Young African Leaders from Mandela Washington Civic Leader Fellowship. Workshops presented at UNL, Lincoln, NE.


2018, 2019, 2020, and 2023 Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, UNL Teaching Council and the UNL Parents Association

Participated in Peter Drucker's  Global Management Forum "Creative Resilience in the Age of Discontinuity" in Vienna, Austria (November 30-December 1, 2023)


Was featured in several online "Inside Nebraska Business" publications:

2022-2023 MBA Distance Teaching Award 

2020 Nomination for CoB D’vee Buss Students First Award

Taught eight Egyptian students in Summer 2020 MNGT301 course as a part of a special opportunity funded by USAID and American-Mideast Educational and Training Services to provide U.S.-Egypt Higher Education Initiative students an alternative to a traditional study abroad experience.

Was featured in the "International Business Fellow Faculty Profile" in the College of Business Spring 2020 International Business Program Report 

2018 Mortar Board, Black Masque Chapter, UNL Senior Honors Society Outstanding Professor Award  for upholding the Mortar Board Values of Scholarship, Leadership, and Service

International Business Fellow at the UNL's College of Business, CoB Dean's Coin Award

Since 2018 Certified Gallup Strengths Coach

2023-2016 Nominated for College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award

2017-2018 MBA Distance Teaching Award 

2014-2015 MBA Distance Teaching Award 

Participated in the Global Management Forum three times ( 1993 - Barcelona, Spain, 2014 - Vienna, Austria, and 2019 - Vienna, Austria)