Stormy Sweitzer | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Stormy Sweitzer

Stormy Sweitzer
PhD Organizational Behavior, 2017 - Present

Stormy Compeán Sweitzer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Organizational Behavior. Stormy’s life and career have entailed navigating–and helping others navigate–the risks and possibilities of the unknown in organizational, relational and personal contexts. Today, she is fortunate to make exploring unknowns the center of her work as a researcher, writer, and guide. Her research interests focus on the complex social dynamics of organization creation, how inclusion is attained within organizations, and the phenomenon of wonder, each with an eye to how we imagine and create the future. She is particularly interested in qualitative methods and draws on both interpersonal and digital means of exploring phenomena. She has taught college courses on leadership, group dynamics and negotiation, and professional education on leadership, communication, entrepreneurship, and organizational development, as well as advised and coached MBA and MHA students. She is a board certified executive coach and leadership development consultant, having worked with organizations around the world such as Unilever and the UN World Food Program. She has consulted extensively on leadership, organizational culture, integration of health information technology, and human factors design in managing quality, risk and safety. She has also led several entrepreneurial ventures based in technology, consulting, and education. Originally from Utah, Stormy received an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language & Literature, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and an MBA from the University of Utah, as well as an Master of Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She also spent several years studying and working in Venezuela, Russia, Finland, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia. OrcID: 0000-0002-8881-5153

Curriculum Vita

MBA, University of Utah, 2007
MPH, Emory University, 2001
BS, University of Utah, 1996
BA, University of Utah, 1996

Interests and Courses


Stormy's current research focuses on the practices and complex social dynamics of inclusion and digitally-mediated organization creation, as well as the phenomenon of wonder.


Leadership, Negotiation, Group Dynamics

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications


  • Jané, S. E. (Presenter & Author), Sweitzer, S. C. (Author Only), Bilimoria, D. (Author Only) 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, "Perceptions of Group Membership: Bringing Intentionality to the Forefront of Inclusion and Exclusion", Academy of Management, Virtual. (2021).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021: Organization-in-Creation Subtheme, "#girlswhoride: Digitally-mediated practices of online and offline organization creation", European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS), Virtual/Amsterdam. (2021).
  • Jané, S. E. (Presenter & Author), Sweitzer, S. C. (Author Only), Bilimoria, D. (Author Only) 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021: Social Symbolic Work Subtheme, "“A Bit of a Wolf Pack”: The Social-Symbolic Work of Constructing a Radically Inclusive Organization", European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Virtual/Amsterdam. (2021).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. 17th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 2021, "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Incorporating Instagram Images and Captions into Small Story Analysis", International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). (2021).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) Freedman Fellows showCASE 2021, "Instagram, Images and Interactions: Organization Creation And Identity Formation In The Digital Age", Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Virtual. (2021).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) 2020 Quantum Storytelling Conference, "A Wonder-Full Antidote to Anxiety: A Virtual Exchange of Experiences", David Boje and True Storytelling Institute, Virtual. (2020).
  • Hinz, J. D. (Coordinator/Organizer), Sweitzer, S. C. (Coordinator/Organizer) Academy of Management, "PDW: What Were You Thinking?: Developing Cognitive Sensibilities for Inductive Coding", Academy of Management, Boston, MA. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Panelist/Discussant) The Association for Computers and the Humanities Conference 2019, "Up Close and Personal: Ethical Social Media Research in a Distant and Big Data World", Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), Pittsburgh, PA. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. CreativeMornings / Cleveland: "Wonder", "Between Flying and Falling: A Life at the Edge of Wonder and Anxiety", CreativeMornings / Cleveland, Cleveland, OH. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) Freedman Fellows showCASE 2019, "Dynamics of Accidental Organization Formation in the Digital Age", Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Cleveland, OH. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) Ethics/Morals Table Chat-n-Chew, "Wonder and Self-Concept: From an Idiosyncratic Trait to Something We May Train Ourselves to Embody", Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics, Cleveland, Ohio. (2018).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) Women in Medicine Seminar, "Negotiation in Medicine: What, when and how?", American Medical Women’s Association, Cleveland, OH. (2018).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Association of Internet Researchers. 2021 - Present
  • European Group for Organizational Studies. 2020 - Present
  • Academy of Management. 2017 - Present
  • Membership and Conference Planning Committee Member, The PhD Project Management Doctoral Student Association. 2017 - Present
  • Committee Member, The PhD Project MDSA Annual Conference Planning Committee, 2020 - 2021
  • Committee Member, The PhD Project Membership Committee, 2020 - 2021
  • Committee Member, The PhD Project, 2018 - 2019


  • Shortlisted for 2022-23 Fulbright Grant Award for Research, Fulbright U.S. Student Program. (2022).
  • Department of Organizational Behavior Exemplary Service Award, Department of Organizational Behavior. (2021).