Keimei Sugiyama

Keimei Sugiyama
PhD Organizational Behavior, 2012 - Present

Keimei Sugiyama is a PhD candidate in the Department of Organizational Behavior. Her research interests lie at the intersection of identity, diversity, and inclusion. She has published a study comparing women's and general leadership development programs to propose a model of inclusive leadership development, as well as a book on identity challenges of Asian Americans in the workforce. Her current projects explore identity construction through multiple lenses, including narrative identity to foster significance, social identity workspaces, and the development of early career identity. Her dissertation research investigates the collective processes for creating inclusion in organizations.

She is also an experienced consultant, having worked as a human resources representative and human capital consultant at companies such as Accenture and Coray Gurnitz Consulting for human capital strategy, communications, training, stakeholder management, and organizational change.

MS, George Mason University, 2008
BA, Smith College, 2001

Interests and Courses


Keimei Sugiyama's research investigates the intersection of diversity and identity to better understand how the experience of inclusion is fostered in organizations. She utilizes multiple qualitative methods and data sources, including observation, interviews, and archival data, to examine the important multi-level work that is performed to manage and to navigate interactions across diverse identities in organizations and careers.

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Philipsen, M., Case, S. S., Oetama-Paul, A. J., Sugiyama, K. (2017).
    Academic womanhood across career stages: A work-in-life perspective on what was, is, and could be (vol. 20, issue 5, pp. 623-644). Community, Work & Family.
  • 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.
  • Laszlo, C., Gullett, K., Dicht, C., Schulstad, M., Sugiyama, K. (2016).
    Food Donation Connection: Profitably Scaling Food Waste Reduction Ontario: Ivey Publishing.
  • Thatchenkery, T., Sugiyama, K. (2011).
    Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding Leadership Contributions of Asian Minorities in the Workplace New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Sugiyama, K., Jane, S. E., Bilimoria, D.
    Doing More Harm than Good: Communicating the Gender Confidence Gap.
  • Thomas*, N., Sugiyama*, K., Rochford*, K., Stephens*, J., Kanov, J. In Jody Hoffer Gittell (Ed.),
    Experiential organizing: Pursuing relational and bureaucratic goals through symbolically- and experientially-oriented work. New York, New York: Academy of Management Review.


  • Philipsen, M. (Presenter & Author), Case, S. S. (Author Only), Oetama-Paul, A. J. (Author Only), Sugiyama, K. (Author Only) Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association, "Memories and Policies: Faculty Career-Life Integration Over Time", American Educational Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA. (2017).
  • Sugiyama, K., 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).
  • Sugiyama, K. (Coordinator/Organizer) Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "INSIDE/OUT: How authors and editors collaborate on theoretical contribution", Organizational Behavior and Managerial & Organizational Cognition Divisions, (2017).
  • Sugiyama, K. (Coordinator/Organizer) Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Negotiating identity construction at the work life interface", Careers, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Managerial and Organizational Cognition Divisions, (2017).
  • Thomas, N. K. (Presenter & Author), Sugiyama, K. (Presenter & Author), Rochford, K. C. (Author Only), Stephens, J. P. (Presenter & Author), Kanov, J. (Presenter & Author) Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) Research Conference, "Achieving the common good through experiential organizing: Extending relational and bureaucratic pathways for organizations with purpose", Center for Positive Organizations, Ann Arbor, MI. (2017).
  • Sugiyama, K., Jane, S., Bilimoria, D. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Doing more harm than good? Communicating the gender confidence gap", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2016).
  • Sugiyama, K. (Coordinator/Organizer), Chui, C. (Coordinator/Organizer), Tong, N. (Coordinator/Organizer) Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "From Coding to Construction: Building and Elaborating Theoretical Models in Qualitative Research", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2016).
  • Case, S. S. (Presenter & Author), Philipsen, M. (Presenter & Author), Oetama-Paul, A. J. (Presenter & Author), Sugiyama, K. (Moderator) Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) Conference, "Academic Womanhood: A Life Course - Career Perspective", WFRN, Washington, DC. (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).
  • Sugiyama, K., Cavanagh, K. V., Van Esch, C., Brown, C. Academy of Management, "Constructing leadership development: Pedagogies of women’s and general leadership development. ", AoM, Vancouver, Canada. (2015).
  • Rochford, K. (Coordinator/Organizer), Sugiyama, K. (Coordinator/Organizer), Thomas, N. (Coordinator/Organizer) Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Unpacking the black box of relationships at work: Using a social mechanism lens to explore the “how.” ", Managerial and Organization Cognition, (2015).
  • van Esch, C. (Coordinator/Organizer), Sugiyama, K. (Coordinator/Organizer) Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Advancing the Research on Stereotypes in the Management Field Symposium", Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division, (2013).
  • Thatchenkery, T. (Author Only), Sugiyama, K. (Presenter & Author) Academy of Management Annual Meeting, "Missing in mobility: An analysis of leadership invisibility of Asian Americans in organizations", Academy of Management, Anaheim, CA. (2008).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Work Family Researchers Network. 2015 - Present
  • Academy of Management GDO and MOC Divisions. 2012 - Present