Professor Dawson was KPMG Professor of Management Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School from 1995 to 2013, and Director of the School from 1995 to 2006. Prior to joining Cambridge Judge she was Professor of Organisational Behaviour (1990-1995) and Deputy Director of the Management School (1987-1994) at Imperial College, London University. Between 1999 and 2009 she was Master of Sidney Sussex College, and from 2008 to 2012, one of the University of Cambridge's Deputy Vice-Chancellors.