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I am an Assistant Professor of Management at the McCombs School of Business of the University of Texas at Austin and an Academic Advisory Board Member of the Berkeley Culture Center. I research how leaders and employees shape the stability and adaptability of organizational and team culture from the top-down and bottom-up.
In one stream of research, I explore the dynamic nature of culture. I focus on how leaders and employees contribute to the adaptability of culture by changing team culture, as well as contribute to its stability by taking responsibility for the culture and newcomers’ experience of it. In a second stream of research, I examine how leader mindsets towards adaptability and stability have far-reaching implications for individual behavior, organizational culture, performance, and change. My research has been published in Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Research in Organizational Behavior.
Prior to joining academia, I spent eight years in the financial services industry, most recently leading the turnarounds of industrial organizations. I received my Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where I was a Palmer Scholar and the 2011 McGowan Fellow, and my B.S. from Haverford College in Economics (honors) and Philosophy.