Research Interests: intergroup behavior, goal systems
I study the micro-level (cognitive and interpersonal) foundations of organizing and leadership. An organization is a set of groups who share common goals and leadership is the act of influencing that set of groups to pursue shared goals. Recently, our understanding of groups and goals has changed. The behavior between groups (i.e., intergroup relations) has become more complex due to increasing diversity (e.g., greater functional and demographic diversity). Meanwhile, scholars have begun to acknowledge that leaders oversee employees who do not pursue a single goal at a time, but are instead driven by a vast number of personal and career goals. Despite widespread acknowledgement of the complexity of groups and goals, we know relatively little about how leaders have adapted to these changes. Which groups do leaders emerge from? How should leaders help employees shift attention between different goals? Are leaders capable of navigating greater differences in groups and goals to promote positive outcomes for a diverse set of employees as well as other stakeholders? By centering my research on intergroup behavior and goal systems, I hope to shed light on some of these fundamental questions.