Stephanie Creary

Stephanie Creary
  • Assistant Professor of Management

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2031 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: Identity, diversity, inclusion, boundaries, relationships

Links: CV, Personal Website

Overview

Professor Stephanie J. Creary is an organizational scholar with expertise in identity, diversity, inclusion, and workplace relationships. She studies how people manage multiple identities, boundaries, and inclusion in organizations while navigating any tensions associated with doing so. She places particular emphasis on the interplay between organizational systems and practices and the experiences of a variety of organizational stakeholders, including managers and leaders, employees, customers and clients, and board directors. She has studied related dynamics in a variety of organizations, including global firms, corporate board rooms, hospitals, yoga communities, and the US Army. Professor Creary has published her research in leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review and Organization Science. Insights from her research have also appeared in top popular press outlets, including Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, the New York Times, Bloomberg, NPR, and Marketplace. Currently, she is on the editorial boards of three leading academic journals: Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Professor Creary was on the faculty of Cornell University. Prior to completing her PhD degree, she was a research associate at Harvard Business School and The Conference Board in NYC researching corporate diversity and inclusion practices. She also has extensive work experience in the health care industry. Professor Creary has earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; an MBA degree from Simmons School of Management; and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

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Research

US Congress House Committee on Financial Services Testimony on “Diversity in the Boardroom: Examining Proposals to Increase the Diversity of America’s Boards”

Teaching

Leading Diversity@Wharton Speaker Series

Current Courses

  • MGMT224 - Leading Diversity In Org

    People in the workplace are constantly interacting with peers, managers, and customers with very different backgrounds and experiences. When harnessed effectively, these differences can be the catalyst for creative breakthroughs and the pathway to team and organizational learning and effectiveness; but when misunderstood, these differences can challenge employees' values, performance, workplace relationships, and team effectiveness. This course is designed to help students navigate diverse organizational settings more effectively and improve their ability to work within and lead diverse teams and organizations. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking on topics such as identity, relationships across difference, discrimination and bias, equality, and equity in organizations and society and how they relate to organizational issues of power, privilege, opportunity, inclusion,creativity and innovation and organizational effectiveness. Class sessions will be experiential and discussion-based. Readings, self-reflection, guest speakers from organizations, case studies and a final project will also be emphasized. By the end of this course, you should be able to: 1)Evaluate the aspects of yo ur identity and personal experiences that shape how you interact and engage with others and how they interact and engage with you in organizations 2)Explain how issues of power, privilege, discrimination, bias, equality, and equity influence opportunity and effectiveness in organizations 3)Propose ways to make relationships across difference in organizations more effective 4)Describe current perspectives on the relationships among diversity, inclusion, creativity, and innovation in organizations 5)Analyze a company's current approach to leading diversity and use content from this course to propose ways to enhance learning and effectiveness in that company.

    MGMT224002 ( Syllabus )

  • MGMT624 - Leading Diversity In Org

    People in the workplace are constantly interacting with peers, managers, and customers with very different backgrounds and experiences. When harnessed effectively, these differences can be the catalyst for creative breakthroughs and the pathway to team and organizational learning and effectiveness; but when misunderstood, these differences can challenge employees' values, performance, workplace relationships, and team effectiveness. This course is designed to help students navigate diverse organizational settings more effectively and improve their ability to work within and lead diverse teams and organizations. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking on topics such as identity, relationships across difference, discrimination and bias, equality, and equity in organizations and society and how they relate to organizational issues of power, privilege, opportunity, inclusion,creativity and innovation and organizational effectiveness. Class sessions will be experiential and discussion-based. Readings, self-reflection, guest speakers from organizations, case studies and a final project will also be emphasized. By the end of this course, you should be able to: 1)Evaluate the aspects of yo ur identity and personal experiences that shape how you interact and engage with others and how they interact and engage with you in organizations 2)Explain how issues of power, privilege, discrimination, bias, equality, and equity influence opportunity and effectiveness in organizations 3)Propose ways to make relationships across difference in organizations more effective 4)Describe current perspectives on the relationships among diversity, inclusion, creativity, and innovation in organizations 5)Analyze a company's current approach to leading diversity and use content from this course to propose ways to enhance learning and effectiveness in that company. Class attendance is required. No more than 2 absences will be allowed to receive a passing grade in the course. Absences due to late enrollment will be counted towards the two max. No student will be allowed to enroll after the first day of class without instructor permission.

    MGMT624002 ( Syllabus )

Past Courses

  • MGMT224 - LEADING DIVERSITY IN ORG

    People in the workplace are constantly interacting with peers, managers, and customers with very different backgrounds and experiences. When harnessed effectively, these differences can be the catalyst for creative breakthroughs and the pathway to team and organizational learning and effectiveness; but when misunderstood, these differences can challenge employees' values, performance, workplace relationships, and team effectiveness. This course is designed to help students navigate diverse organizational settings more effectively and improve their ability to work within and lead diverse teams and organizations. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking on topics such as identity, relationships across difference, discrimination and bias, equality, and equity in organizations and society and how they relate to organizational issues of power, privilege, opportunity, inclusion,creativity and innovation and organizational effectiveness. Class sessions will be experiential and discussion-based. Readings, self-reflection, guest speakers from organizations, case studies and a final project will also be emphasized. By the end of this course, you should be able to: 1)Evaluate the aspects of yo ur identity and personal experiences that shape how you interact and engage with others and how they interact and engage with you in organizations 2)Explain how issues of power, privilege, discrimination, bias, equality, and equity influence opportunity and effectiveness in organizations 3)Propose ways to make relationships across difference in organizations more effective 4)Describe current perspectives on the relationships among diversity, inclusion, creativity, and innovation in organizations 5)Analyze a company's current approach to leading diversity and use content from this course to propose ways to enhance learning and effectiveness in that company.

  • MGMT624 - LEADING DIVERSITY IN ORG

    People in the workplace are constantly interacting with peers, managers, and customers with very different backgrounds and experiences. When harnessed effectively, these differences can be the catalyst for creative breakthroughs and the pathway to team and organizational learning and effectiveness; but when misunderstood, these differences can challenge employees' values, performance, workplace relationships, and team effectiveness. This course is designed to help students navigate diverse organizational settings more effectively and improve their ability to work within and lead diverse teams and organizations. It also offers students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking on topics such as identity, relationships across difference, discrimination and bias, equality, and equity in organizations and society and how they relate to organizational issues of power, privilege, opportunity, inclusion,creativity and innovation and organizational effectiveness. Class sessions will be experiential and discussion-based. Readings, self-reflection, guest speakers from organizations, case studies and a final project will also be emphasized. By the end of this course, you should be able to: 1)Evaluate the aspects of yo ur identity and personal experiences that shape how you interact and engage with others and how they interact and engage with you in organizations 2)Explain how issues of power, privilege, discrimination, bias, equality, and equity influence opportunity and effectiveness in organizations 3)Propose ways to make relationships across difference in organizations more effective 4)Describe current perspectives on the relationships among diversity, inclusion, creativity, and innovation in organizations 5)Analyze a company's current approach to leading diversity and use content from this course to propose ways to enhance learning and effectiveness in that company. Class attendance is required. No more than 2 absences will be allowed to receive a passing grade in the course. Absences due to late enrollment will be counted towards the two max. No student will be allowed to enroll after the first day of class without instructor permission.

Awards and Honors

  • Wharton Teaching Excellence Award, 2020
  • #thinklist30, 2020 Description

    The #thinklist30 is a list of influential female scholars on social media around issues of responsible business.

  • Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management Research Grant, 2019
  • Elected Representative-at-Large, Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division, Academy of Management, 2017
  • Academic Scholar, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, 2017
  • Faculty Fellow Research Grant, Engaged Cornell, 2016-2017
  • Faculty Fellow Research Grant, Engaged Cornell, 2016
  • Academy of Management Organizational Behavior (OB) Division Showcase Symposium, Symposium Chair, 2016
  • Cornell University Family Fellows Program Honored Guest, 2016
  • Cornell University Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching Research Grant, 2016
  • Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence Research Grants, 2016
  • Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence Research Grants, 2015
  • Cornell University Small Group Mentoring Program Grant, 2015
  • Academy of Management Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division Showcase Symposium, Symposium Organizer, 2015
  • Academy of Management Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2015., 2015
  • Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division Best Reviewer Award, 2014
  • Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division Best Reviewer Award, 2013
  • Academy of Management Gender and Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division Best Student Paper Award, 2013
  • Boston College Donald J. White Award for Teaching Excellence, 2012
  • AHANA Leadership Council and GLBTQ Leadership Council Faculty Recognition Award, Boston College, 2012
  • Academy of Management Emerald Award for Best International Symposium, Nominee, 2010
  • Simmons College Susan Bulkeley Butler Academic Prize, 2007
  • Simmons College Presidential Inauguration Ceremony Graduate Student Speaker, 2007
  • Simmons College Graduate Student Award for Civic Engagement, 2007
  • Boston University Outstanding Graduating Dance Student, 1998
  • Boston University Student Advisor of the Year, 1998
  • Boston University Scarlet Key Student Leadership Award, 1998
  • Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Community Service Award, 1997

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In the News

Protecting Your Mental Health at Work

As part of the Leading Diversity at Work series, Wharton’s Stephanie Creary speaks with two experts about workplace well-being, especially for employees of color facing the “double whammy” of the pandemic and heightened tensions around racial and social justice.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 8/24/2021
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Meritocracy, Bias, and Allyship in the Workplace
Wharton Magazine - 10/16/2020