Management Cluster Seminar: Professor Lynn Bowes-Sperry
Despite significant expenditures on organizational responses to various forms of harassment and discrimination, these behaviors remain a persistent challenge in workplaces across the globe. In the U.S. (and perhaps other countries), the legal environment has unduly and negatively influenced the ways in which organizations address harassment and discrimination. Giving Voice to Values (GVV) is an action-oriented approach to business ethics education that can be used to improve the ways in which organizations address these issues. Because of its focus on action and expressing personal values, GVV can be used to prepare targets, observers, and managers to intervene in instances where they may encounter harassment, discrimination, and other forms of wrong doing at work.
Lynn Bowes-Sperry is a Professor of Management at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. She received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on observer responses to various forms of unethical behavior that they witness (e.g., sexual harassment, workplace bullying, racial discrimination) in their workplaces. Her work has appeared in, among others, the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, the Academy of Management Learning & Education, Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resources Management Journal, and Group & Organization Management. She testified before the Canadian Parliament’s 80th meeting of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women regarding observer intervention in workplace sexual harassment. Her research is cited across a variety of academic disciplines in publications such as Research on Emotions in Organizations, Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Journal of Leadership, Psychology of Violence, Human Relations, Sex Roles, and International Journal of Human Resource Management.
Lynn has also been an active member of the Academy of Management’s Gender & Diversity in Organizations Division for over 20 years. Her work for the division includes several leadership roles ranging from Newsletter Editor to Division Chair. She has been designated an outstanding reviewer for multiple years and recently won the Best Paper Award for the division.
Her areas of teaching include Workplace Diversity, Business & Society, Ethical Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resources Management at the undergraduate and graduate level.