PhD in Organizational Behavior Students

Lili Bao

Program Status: Qualifying
Qualifying Paper: TBD
Integrated Scholarship Paper: How Four Types of Intragroup Conflicts Shape the Role of Group Diversity on Group Outcomes

Lili’s research interests are in group dynamics, group diversity and work group development, organizational change, spirituality, and business ethics. Lili received her B.A. in Human Resource Management and Labor relations in China. She attended Cleveland State University to study her masters in Human resources and Labor relations, and then studied in the Operations Research and Supply Chain Management Masters program at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Weylin Burlingame

Program Status: Candidate

Weylin is interested in groups, group processes, social identity, organizational identity, and in the insights that can be gained by framing interactions with organizational and social identity lenses. His current research interests are focused on examining how organizations manage identity tensions that arise from environmental shifts when the organization has a vested interest in maintaining internal perceptions of identity stability. Weylin has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from Bucknell University, and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kevin Vincent Cavanagh

Program Status: Qualifying
Qualifying Paper: Through the Looking Glass: Technology Entrepreneurs and the Inspiration Process
Integrated Scholarship Paper: The Shape of Things to Come: Inspiration in the Organizational Sciences

Kevin's research interest is centered around the psychological construct of inspiration. In particular, his work looks to examine the ways in which individuals arrive at an inspirational state and how individuals transform their inspiration into goal directed action. Kevin received his BS from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA and his MA in Experimental Psychology from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Curriculum Vitae

Hak-Yoon Kim

Program Status: Beginning
Integrated Scholarship Paper: TBD

Hak-Yoon is interested in the effect of emotions and social relationships on (individual and group) performance and work behaviors in organizations. Hak-Yoon previously worked as a human resources consultant with a focus on leadership transformation and development. She received a BA in Psychology and Communication from University of Washington in Seattle and an MA in Organizational and Social Psychology from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Chris Lyddy

Program Status: Candidate

Chris is interested in the impact of mindful presence on individual and organizational behavior. He is exploring how mindfulness can influence adaptivity, affect, and stress in leadership. Previously he researched corporate sustainability, and one day hopes to intersect the two fields. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a Masters of City Planning from MIT, and previously worked as a researcher at the Brookings Institution and MIT Sloan School of Management.

Alperen Manisaligil

Program Status: Qualifying
Integrated Scholarship Paper: A Review of Compassion and Compassion Fatigue in Organizational Life

Alperen is conducting his qualifying research on how the sense of power impacts individuals’ behaviors in teams. He co-authored publications on self-directed learning in the 21st century and benevolent leadership. Alperen co-authored forthcoming articles on management education and a book on compassion. In addition, he is currently collaborating on a working paper on improvisation. Alperen earned a BBA degree from Istanbul University School of Business Administration, Turkey. He received an MBA degree from Sabanci University Sabanci School of Management, Turkey.

Angela Oetama-Paul

Program Status: Qualifying
Integrated Scholarship Paper:
Place Attachment: Capturing Causes of Individual Pro-Environmental Behaviors in the Workplace

Angela has two primary areas of interest: environmental sustainability and gender and diversity in organizations. She is currently studying the ways in which individual employees and businesses can incorporate conservation behaviors and environmental sustainability into their practices. Additionally, she is interested in gendered communication in organizations. Angela received a BA in Social Work and Bible/Religion from Goshen College, and an MSW from the University of Michigan.

Ignacio Pavez

Program Status: Qualifying
Integrated Scholarship Paper: Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Sustainability: A Critical Review

Ignacio is interested in the intersection of business and society, especially how businesses can create sustainable value through methodologies of organizational change that spark creativity and innovation for the societal good. His research interests revolve around the business side of sustainability, sustainable/social entrepreneurship, positive organizational scholarship, and individual flourishing as a basis for organizational transformation. Currently, he is studying the link between an appreciative mode of organizing and its impact on sustainability innovation, and he is trying to create a center for Sustainable Value Creation in Santiago, Chile. Before starting his PhD, he worked as a management consultant for 7 years and started his own consultancy firm in Chile in 2010. Ignacio received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Anna Perlmutter

Program Status: Beginning
Integrated Scholarship Paper: TBD

Anna is focused on concepts of inter-organizational collaboration, leveraged infrastructure, shared resources, and support systems to improve positive organizational change. She is interested in studying how individual and organizational identities define collaborative social movements to drive cross-sector innovation. Anna previously worked as a nonprofit capacity builder with a focus on collaborative technology and community engagement. She received an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and a BA in Literature from New College of Florida.

Kylie Rochford

Program Status: Candidate
Integrated Scholarship Paper: The opposing neurological domains of leadership: Integrating the task and relationship dimensions
Qualifying Paper: Relational climate in the workplace: Dimensions, measurement, and validation

Kylie’s research interests lie in the intersection of neuroscience and organizational behavior. Her current research is examining the implications of the opposing domains hypothesis (task positive and default mode neural networks) for leadership. Other research interests include leadership, positive organizational scholarship, organizational change, institutional theory, and organizational citizenship behavior. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (1st class Honors) and a Master of Commerce (1st class Honors) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Tiffany Schroeder

Program Status: Candidate

Tiffany is interested in understanding how the organizational context shapes workers’ (especially lower-level workers) abilities to experience proactive engagement, vitality, and meaning in their work, and how these then impact organizational effectiveness. Her most recently started project is aimed at investigating how the organizational context enables management to listen effectively to employees needs, concerns, and suggestions. Tiffany holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and a Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Keimei Sugiyama

Program Status: Candidate
Integrative Scholarship Paper: Strength in Numbers: The Co-creation of Collective Resilience
Qualifying Paper: Lost and Found: Recovering intrasubjective me through intersubjective we in multicultural identity construction

Keimei is interested how individuals manage their multicultural and gender identities after disruptive events such as experiences of othering, invalidation, and discrimination, and the relational processes that help to recover from this identity loss. Keimei is also interested in how these relational processes contribute to increasing inclusion in the workplace. Keimei previously worked in various HR and human capital consulting roles at Accenture and a small business consulting firm in the Washington, DC area. She received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Smith College and a M.S. in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University.

Kiko Thiel

Program Status: Beginning
Integrated Scholarship Paper: TBD

Kiko is interested in what motivates and enables people to do extraordinary things, often under great duress and considerable personal cost. She is particularly interested when people create a paradigm shift – changing the way we view the world, changing our view of what is possible; or when people are pathfinders, creating a new business model or market. She aims to understand the mechanics, psychological and psycho-social, of what prompts people to set off into uncharted territory, rewriting the rules to create a new, revolutionary way of doing things. Kiko previously consulted in strategic organizational alignment, change leadership, and innovation at McKinsey, Accenture and for the Insead Blue Ocean Strategy Network. She has an MBA from Insead and a BA in History from Yale.

Njoke Thomas

Program Status: Candidate
Integrated Scholarship Paper: (Un)learning for practice change: rethinking the application of the unlearning concept in organizational behavior.
Qualifying Paper: Context matters: Identifying the influence of relational climate on the clinical performance of dental students

Njoke Thomas is fascinated by the idea that a fundamental shift in health sector practices is critical to the elimination of disparities in health outcomes. Specifically, she would like to identify and explore the organizational factors required to facilitate such change. Prior to joining the department she directed the Colorado Trust's Equality in Health Initiative to promote culturally competent practices in healthcare and medical education practices throughout the state. Njoke holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University and a M.S. in Public Health from Harvard University.

Phil Thompson

Program Status: Candidate
Integrated Scholarship Paper: Antecedents to accepting Organizational Citizenship Behavior (OCB)
Qualifying Paper: The Process of Accepting or Declining OCB Offers

Phil is interested in Organizational Citizenship Behavior (OCB) and why individuals accept or reject offers of OCB. He holds a Master's of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology (McKendree University) and a Master's of Science degree in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology from Missouri State University where his thesis investigated the psychometric properties of the implicit association test to predict workplace integrity behavior. His additional research interests include organizational politics and psychological safety. His research has been presented at conferences such as the Academy of Management, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association, and the Midwest Academy of Management earning honors such as best student paper and nominated for best conference paper. Phil previously worked as a management executive and consultant in the financial services and I-O psychology fields. He earned his Bachelor of Arts (Communications) from Beloit College.

Mai P. Trinh

Program Status: Candidate
Dissertation Topic: TBD
Qualifying Paper: "Let's Work It through Together": How Group Cohesion Emerges from Cycles of Disclosures and Closures
Integrated Scholarship Paper: Rethinking Conscientiousness: Construction of Team Conscientiousness as Team Shared Values, Norms, and Identity

Mai carries a deep passion for balancing the multiple facets of life and nurturing the whole person in her professional work as well as personal life. She brings perspectives from traditional Chinese philosophies—Daoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism—into contemporary management theories and practice. At the individual level, Mai uses experiential learning theory as a framework to explore such topics as how people learn differently across cultures, how subjective experience of time may be a resistant force of change, and how people can create learning conditions to succeed at work. At the team level, she has looked at team composition diversity, team conscientiousness, and team cohesion as a few ways to improve team effectiveness and team learning experience. Mai earned her bachelor's degree in Management and Chinese Studies from Wittenberg University. To maintain balance, she practices meditation, calligraphy, martial arts, and writes poetry.

Chantal van Esch

Program Status: Qualifying
Integrated Scholarship Paper: Stereotype Threat; Implications for Organizational Sciences
Qualifying Paper: Gendered Experiences of Gender Researchers

Chantal’s research interests center around gender, diversity, and inclusion, specifically looking at stereotypes and stereotype threat, work-life balance, and women in leadership. Her current research explores the similarities and differences of men and women’s experiences being gender researchers. Chantal holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She worked as an internal business consultant for a small engineering consulting company before starting her PhD at Weatherhead School of Management. Her research has been presented at the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and Southwest Psychological Association’s annual meetings.

Hongguo Wei

Program status: Qualifying
Qualifying Paper: Effective Chinese Executive’s Emotional Intelligence
Integrated Scholarship Paper: Effective Chinese Leaders’ ESI Competencies

Hongguo’s research interests are emotions and leadership. Specifically, she is looking at (1) effective Chinese executives’ emotional competencies with interview data, and how these competencies would be different from those developed in the western culture. (2) the appropriate ways for leaders to handle employees’ and their own emotions at the individual, dyadic, and organizational levels.