Stephanie Creary

Stephanie Creary
  • Assistant Professor of Management

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    2031 SH-DH
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: allyship and relationships across differences; navigating identity differences; DEI-supportive practices/behavior

Links: CV, Personal Website

Overview

Professor Stephanie J. Creary is an organizational behavior scholar whose research is focused on understanding how to create more inclusive workplaces and organizations. In one research stream, she studies how people manage multiple identities at work, and the consequences for work relationships and experiences of overwork. In a second research stream, she examines factors contributing to allyship and other relational practices intended to support professionals from historically marginalized groups. She has studied these dynamics in a variety of organizational contexts, including global companies, corporate board rooms, hospitals, yoga communities, and the US Army. She is affiliated with several Institutes and Centers at Wharton/UPenn: Wharton People Analytics, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, Penn Center for Africana Studies, the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, and the Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies.

Professor Creary has published her research in leading academic journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, American Psychologist, and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Insights from her research have also appeared in top popular press outlets, including Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, the New York Times, Bloomberg, NPR, Marketplace, and Time Magazine. Currently, she is on the editorial boards of three leading academic journals: Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (OBHDP) .

Professor Creary actively integrates insights from both academia and practice in her research, teaching, and professional service activities. She advises business school faculty from around the world on ways to effectively design and teach DEI courses, integrate DEI content into other courses, and create more inclusive classroom experiences. She has leaned on the insights she has gained from her research and teaching to advise organizational leaders, board directors, and investors on effective strategies for cultivating DEI in organizations. She currently hosts the Knowledge at Wharton Leading Diversity at Work Podcast Series where she engages in conversation with a variety of DEI experts.

Professor Creary has received a number of honors and awards for her research, teaching, and commitment to professional service. She has been awarded grants from Wharton, Deloitte, Moody’s, DiversityInc, and the Executive Leadership Council to support her research. She has received the Phillips and Nadkarni Best Paper on Diversity and Cognition Award from the Academy of Management’s Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division. She has been awarded the Wharton Teaching Excellence Award five times for her work in developing and teaching the undergraduate (MGMT 2240) and MBA (MGMT 6240) “Leading Diversity in Organizations” courses. She has received an Outstanding Service Award from the Academy of Management. She has received Best Reviewer awards from both AMJ and OBHDP. She has been selected as a Visiting Faculty Fellow in the Inaugural Cohort of the Harvard Business School Institute for the Study of Business in Global Society (BiGS) during the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years. She has also received a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University Institute on Diversity for Summer 2023.

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

Teaching

Leading Diversity@Wharton Speaker Series

Current Courses (Fall 2022)

  • MGMT6240 - 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.

    MGMT6240002 ( Syllabus )

  • MGMT2240 - 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.

    MGMT2240002 ( Syllabus )

All Courses

  • MGMT2240 - 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.

  • MGMT6240 - 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.

Awards and Honors

  • Winner, Phillips and Nadkarni Award for Best Paper on Diversity and Cognition, Academy of Management, 2022
  • Finalist x 2, Phillips and Nadkarni Award for Best Paper on Diversity and Cognition, Academy of Management, 2022
  • Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University Institute on Diversity, 2023
  • Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Harvard Business School Institute for Business in Global Society (BiGS), 2022-2024
  • OBHDP Best Reviewer Award, 2021
  • Academy of Management Journal Best Reviewer Award, 2021
  • Wharton Teaching Excellence Award, Undergraduate and MBA Programs, 2021
  • 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, 2017-2020
  • 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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Navigating Microaggressions at Work

In this episode of the Leading Diversity at Work podcast, Wharton’s Stephanie Creary and two guest experts tackle the thorny issue of microaggressions.Read More

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