Diana Bilimoria - Professor, Organizational Behavior

Faculty – Diana Bilimoria

KeyBank Professor
Department Chair, Organizational Behavior
Professor, Organizational Behavior

Peter B. Lewis Building 430
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

An expert in how leadership development can transform individuals, groups, and organizations, Diana Bilimoria, PhD, is KeyBank Professor, chair and professor of organizational behavior. Bilimoria’s research focuses on gender and diversity in governance and leadership and organizational transformation. Her studies have helped corporate, educational and nonprofit organizations reinvent themselves and establish practices that attract and retain a high-performance, diverse workforce. Questions she studies include: How do individuals achieve their fullest potential as leaders and contributors in organizations? What facilitates women and minority group members becoming full participants in organizations, top management teams and boardrooms? How can workplaces tap into all the capabilities of leadership and diversity?


Bilimoria was the 2011-12 chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. She has published extensively in leading journals, has contributed to several edited volumes and has received multiple research grants. She has served as the editor of the JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT EDUCATION and sits on the editorial boards of several journals in the business and management field.

Her teaching and executive education activities focus on executive leadership and gender and diversity and inclusion in organizations. She has served as an organizational consultant and management educator for private, public and nonprofit organizations and as an advisor and coach for executives, focusing on the areas of leadership development, gender and diversity in organizations, board effectiveness and institutional transformation.

In 2014, Bilimoria received the Weatherhead School of Management Teaching Excellence Award. Other awards include the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio’s Woman of Distinction Award, ATHENA award finalist from Cleveland, the Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award from the ACE Ohio Women’s Network, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s Spotlight Series Prize for Women’s Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University, and the Weatherhead Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award. She has been recognized internationally for her scholarship, leadership and service, including the 1999 Anbar Golden Page Award for her editorship of the JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT EDUCATION and several Academy of Management Conference awards.

Bilimoria received her PhD from The University of Michigan and an MMS from University of Bombay. She teaches courses in leadership, gender, diversity and inclusion in organization, and emotional intelligence.

PhD, The University of Michigan, 1990
MMS, University of Bombay, 1983
BCom, University of Bombay, 1981

Initially Appointed: 1989

Interests and Courses


(1) Gender diversity, equity, and inclusion in governance and leadership

(2) Transformation of higher education institutions


Leadership; Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations; Emotional Intelligence

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Manisaligil, A., Bilimoria, D. (2016).
    Taking Your Talents to Business Communications: Analyzing Effective Communication through LeBron James’ Career Moves   (vol. 40, issue 6, pp. 769– 793). Journal of Management Education.
  • Sugiyama, K., Cavanagh, K. V., Van Esch, C., Bilimoria, D., Brown, C. (2016).
    Inclusive Leadership Development: Drawing From Pedagogies of Women’s and General Leadership Development Programs   (vol. 40, issue 3, pp. 253-292). Journal of Management Education.
  • Buse, K., Bernstein, R., Bilimoria, D. (2016).
    The Influence of Board Diversity, Board Inclusion Policies and Practices, and Board Inclusion Behaviors on Effective Nonprofit Governance Practices   (vol. 133, issue 1, pp. 179-191). Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Hodigere Balasubramanya, R., Bilimoria, D. (2015).
    Human Capital and Professional Network Effects on Women’s (and Men’s) Odds of Corporate Board Directorships   (vol. 30, issue 7, pp. 523-550). Gender in Management: An International Journal.
  • O'Neil, D. A., Hopkins, M. M., Bilimoria, D. (2015).
    A Framework for Developing Women Leaders: Applications to Executive Coaching   (vol. 5, issue 2, pp. 253-276). Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
  • Buse, K., Bilimoria, D. (2014).
    Personal Vision: Enhancing Work Engagement and the Retention of Women in the Engineering Profession   (vol. 5, pp. 1-13). Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Buse, K. R., Bilimoria, D. (2014). In Diana Bilimoria and Linley Lord (Ed.),
    Women Persisting in the Engineering Profession: The Role of the Ideal Self and Engagement   (pp. 16-38). Northampton MA / London, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Bilimoria, D., Lord, L. (2014). In Diana Bilimoria and Linley Lord (Ed.),
    Women in STEM Careers: International Perspectives on Increasing Workforce Participation, Advancement and Leadership   Northampton, MA / London, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • O'Neil, D. A., Hopkins, M. M., Bilimoria, D. (2013). In Wendy Patton (Ed.),
    Patterns and Paradoxes in Women’s Careers   (pp. 63-80). Rotterdam : Sense Publishers.
  • Bernstein, R. S., Bilimoria, D. (2013).
    Diversity Perspectives and Minority Nonprofit Board Member Inclusion   (vol. 32, issue 7, pp. 636-653). Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal.
  • Overbeke, K. K., Bilimoria, D., Perelli, S. (2013).
    The Dearth of Daughter Successors in Family Businesses: Gendered Norms, Blindness to Possibility, and Invisibility   (vol. 4 , pp. 201-212). Journal of Family Business Strategy.
  • Bilimoria, D., Liang, X. f., Carter, S., Turrell, J. (2013). In Ronald Burke, Susan Vinnicombe, Lynda Moore, & Stacey Blake Beard (Ed.),
    Faculty at Early, Middle, and Late Career Stages: Gender Effects   (pp. 304-325). North Hampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Buse, K. R., Bilimoria, D., Perelli, S. (2013).
    Why They Stay: Women Persisting in US Engineering Careers   (vol. 18, issue 2, pp. 139-154). Career Development International.
  • Smith, M. L., Bilimoria, D. (2012).
    The Heart of Leadership: How Leaders Engage with Emotional Intelligence   (vol. 29, issue 3, pp. 5). Leadership Excellence.
  • Bilimoria, D. (2012).
    Inclusive Leadership   (vol. 29, issue 3, pp. 13). Leadership Excellence.
  • Bilimoria, D., Liang, X. (2012).
    Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Advancing Change in Higher Education   New York: Routledge.
  • Bilimoria, D., Buch, K. (2010).
    The Search is on: Engendering Faculty Diversity through More Effective Search and Recruitment   (issue July/August, pp. 27-32). Change .
  • O'Neil, D. A., Hopkins, M. M., Bilimoria, D. (2009).
    Developing Women Athletes: Insights from Business and Management   (vol. 1, pp. 73-96). Annual Review of High Performance Coaching and Consulting.
  • O'Neil, D. A., Hopkins, M. M., Bilimoria, D. (2008).
    Women’s Careers at the Start of the 21st Century: Patterns and Paradoxes   (vol. 80, issue 4, pp. 727-743). Journal of Business Ethics.
  • Bilimoria, D., Joy, S., Liang, X. (2008).
    Breaking Barries and Creating Inclusiveness: Lessons of Organizational Transformation to Advance Women Faculty in Academic Science and Engineering   (vol. 47, issue 3, pp. 423-441). Human Resources Management.
  • Hopkins, M. M., Bilimoria, D. (2008).
    Social and Emotional Competencies Predicting Success for Male and Female Executives   (vol. 27, issue 1, pp. 13-35). Journal of Management Development.
  • Hopkins, M. M., O'Neil, D. A., Passarelli, A., Bilimoria, D. (2008).
    Women's Leadership Development: Strategies for Women and Organizations   (vol. 60, issue 4, pp. 348-365). Consulting Psychology Journal: Research and Practice.
  • McInerney-Lacombe, N., Bilimoria, D., Salipante, P. F. (2008). In S. Vinnicombe, V. Singh, R.J. Burke, D. Bilimoria, M.Huse (Ed.),
    Championing the Discussion of Tough Issues: How Women Corporate Directors Contribute to Board Deliberations   (pp. 123-139). Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Bilimoria, D. (2008). In Vinnicombe, S., Singh, V., Burke, R. J., Bilimoria, D. & Huse, M. (Ed.),
    Directions for Future Research on Women on Corporate Boards of Directors   (pp. 233-240). Northhampton, MA: Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: Research and Practice.
  • Vinnicombe, S., Singh, V., Burke, R. J., Bilimoria, D., Huse, M. (2008).
    Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Research and Practice   Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Bilimoria, D., Piderit, S. K. (2007).
    Handbook on Women in Business and Management   Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar.
  • Bilimoria, D., Hopkins, M. M., O'Neil, D. A., Perry, S. (2007). In Stewart, Abigail J.; Malley, Janet; LaVaque-Manty, Danielle (Ed.),
    Executive Coaching: An Effective Strategy for Faculty Development   (pp. 187-203). Ann Arbor, Michigan: Transforming Science and Engineering: Advancing Academic Women, University of Michigan Press.
  • Zandee, D. P., Bilimoria, D. (2007).
    Institutional Transformation Through Positive Textual Deviance   (vol. 27, issue 11/12, pp. 469-482). International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.
  • Bilimoria, D., Godwin, L., Zelechowski, D. D. (2007). In Bilimoria, Diana; Piderit, Sandy Kristin (Ed.),
    Influence and Inclusion: A Framework for Researching Womens Advancement to the Top of Organizations   (pp. 232-253). Northhampton, MA: Handbook on Women in Business and Management, Edward Elgar Publications.
  • Boyatzis, R. E., Bilimoria, D., Godwin, L., Hopkins, M. M., Lingham, A. (2006). In Yuval Neria, Raz Cross, Randall Marshall and Ezra Susser (Ed.),
    Effective Leadership in Extreme Crisis   (pp. Chapter 13, 197-214). NY: Mental Health in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks, Cambridge University Press.
  • Bilimoria, D., Perry, S., Liang, X., Higgins, P., Stoller, E., Taylor, C. (2006).
    How do Female and Male Faculty Members Construct Job Satisfaction? The Roles of Perceived Institutional Leadership and Mentoring and their Mediating Processes   (vol. 32, issue 3, pp. 355-365). Journal of Technology Transfer.
  • Hopkins, M. M., O'Neil, D. A., Bilimoria, D. (2006).
    Effective Leadership and Successful Career Advancement: Perspectives from Women in Health Care   (vol. 25, issue 4, pp. 251-271). Equal Opportunities International.
  • Zelechowski, D. D., Bilimoria, D. (2006).
    Characteristics of CEOs and Boards with Women Inside Directors   (vol. 2, issue 2, pp. 14-21). Corporate Board: Roles Duties and Composition.
  • Boyatzis, R. E., Bilimoria, D., Godwin, L., Hopkins, M., Lingham, T. (2006). In R. Gross, Y. Neria, R. Marshall, and E. Susser (Ed.),
    Mental Health in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks: Effective leadership in extreme crisis   (pp. 197-214). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Bilimoria, D. (2006).
    The Relationship Between Women Corporate Directors and Women Cormporate Officers   (vol. 18, issue 1, pp. 47-61). Journal of Managerial Issues.
  • Zelechowski, D. D., Bilimoria, D., Haug, R. (2006).
    Female Directors, CEO Characteristics, and Board Structure   (vol. 6, issue 1, pp. 189-196). Journal of Academy of Business and Economics.
  • O'Neil, D. A., Bilimoria, D. (2005).
    Women's Career Development Phases: Idealism, Endurance, and Reinvention   (vol. 10, issue 3, pp. 168-193). Career Development International.
  • Bilimoria, D., Godwin, L. (2005). In Ronald R. Sims & Scott A. Quatro (Ed.),
    Engaging People's Passion: Leadership for the New Century   (pp. 260-279). Armonk, NY: Leadership: Succeeding in the Private, Public, and Not-for-Profit Sectors, M.E. Sharpe, Inc..
  • Zelechowski, D. D., Bilimoria, D. (2004).
    Characteristics of Women and Men Corporate Inside DIrectors   (vol. 12, issue 3, pp. 337-342). Corporate Governance-An Internal Review.
  • Hopkins, M., Bilimoria, D. (2004).
    Care and Justice Orientations in Workplace Ethical Dilemmas of Women Business Owners   (vol. 29, issue 4, pp. 495-517). Group and Organization Management.
  • O'Neil, D. A., Bilimoria, D., Saatcioglu, A. (2004).
    Women's Career Types: Attributions of Satisfaction with Career Success   (vol. 9, issue 5, pp. 478-500). Career Development International.
  • Zelechowski, D. D., Bilimoria, D. (2003).
    The Experience of Women Corporate Inside Directors on the Boards of Fortune 1000 Firms   (vol. 18, issue 7, pp. 376-381). Women in Management Review.


  • Sugiyama, K. (Presenter & Author), Bilimoria, D.  Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Distinction and integration: How identity processes and workspaces influence outcomes of diversit", Managerial and Organization Cognition Division, (2017).
  • Archibold, E. (Presenter & Author), Jane, S. E. (Presenter & Author), Bilimoria, D. (Presenter & Author)  Academy of Management Conference, "Self-Confidence and Self-Efficacy: Conceptualization, Measurement and Practical Relevance", Academy of Management, Atlanta. (2017).
  • Sugiyama, K. (Presenter & Author), Jane, S. (Presenter & Author), Bilimoria, D. (Author Only)  Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Doing more harm than good? Communicating the gender confidence gap", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2016).
  • Sugiyama, K., Bulger, M. A., Bilimoria, D.  Qualitative Research in Management Conference, "I am me as part of we: Collective legacy as a mechanism for inclusion", University of Bradford School of Management, UK, Alberquerque, NM. (2016).
  • Yao, T., Bilimoria, D.  Academy of Management Conference, "Women on Boards and Firm Performance: The Effects of Critical Mass", Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA. (2014).
  • Bilimoria, D.  Academy of Management Conference, "Academic Leadership Development Programs for Women Faculty in Science and Engineering", Academy of Management, Orlando, FL. (2013).
  • Bilimoria, D.  Academy of Management Conference, "Stereotypes of Women in the Workplace", Academy of Management, Orlando, FL. (2013).
  • Hodigere, R., Bilimoria, D.  Academy of Management Conference, "A Comparative Evaluation of the Human Capital and Professional Network Capital Characteristics of Women and Men Board Directors", Academy of Management, Orlando, FL. (2013).
  • Bilimoria, D.  Poster at NSF ADVANCE PI Meeting, "Academic Careers in Engineering and Science (ACES): An Overview of the NSF Advance Award (2003-2008) at Case Western Reserve University,", NSF, Washington, D.C.. (2008).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Officer, President/Elect/Past, Academy of Management, GDO Division, 2011 - 2012
  • Committee Chair, PhD Admissions Committee, 2010
  • Program Organizer, Academy of Management, GDO Division, 2009 - 2010
  • Committee Member, Faculty Affiliates Council, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, 2008 - Present
  • Committee Member, Advisory Committee, University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education , 2008 - 2011
  • Committee Member, Appointments Committee, 2004 - 2016
  • Committee Member, Steering Committee of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, 2003 - 2013
  • Committee Member, Program Faculty, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, 1993 - 2012


  • Janet Chusmir Distinguished Service Award, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, Academy of Management. (2016).
  • Woman of Distinction Award, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. (2016).
  • Commonwealth Businesswomen Network’s 2015 Publication of the Year Award , Commonwealth Businesswomen Network. (2015).
  • Weatherhead Teaching Excellence Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (2014).
  • ATHENA Award Finalist, ATHENA Foundation and Inside Business Magazine. (2013).
  • Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award, ACE Ohio Women’s Network. (2012).
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, Academy of Management . (2012).
  • Michael J. Driver Best Careers Paper in the Midwest Region 2009 , Careers Division, Academy of Management. (2009).
  • Prize for Women's Scholarship, Flora Stone Mather Center for Women's Spotlight Series, Case Western Reserve University. (2007).
  • Best Symposium Award, Careers Division, Academy of Management Conference. (2005).
  • Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. (2002).
  • Anbar Golden Page Award for the Most Original Content, Awarded for editorship of the Journal of Management Education. ANBAR Electronic Intelligence. (1999).
  • Exceptional Leadership and Service Award, Organizational Behavior Division, the Academy of Management Conference. (1999).
  • Outstanding Service Award, Organization and Management Theory Division, the Academy of Management Conference. (1997).