Workshop Series: Aparna Joshi
10.30am - 12.30pm (Lunch provided)
Seminar resumes 1.00 - 2.30pm
Abstract There is a growing recognition in organizational research that multilevel theory and methods are uniquely position to capture the complexities of organizational life. One area that offers a particularly interesting testing ground for multilevel theory-building is workplace demography research. Research on unraveling the complex effects of workplace demography, has grown exponentially in the past four decades reflecting enduring academic interest in the topic. This research spans multiple macro and micro theoretical domains and requires the conceptualization of demography at individual, group, or firm levels of analysis. While past research sheds important light on the effects of workplace demography, quite often, research efforts at answering these questions have followed non-intersecting trajectories. It is expected that future developments in workplace demography research will not occur in isolation at a specific level of analysis but rather at the interstices between multiple levels. This presentation will outline ongoing research in three specific areas - team diversity, gender dynamics in science and engineering groups and generational diversity in organizations - that illustrate multilevel approaches in theory and methodology. The presentation will also aim at engaging the seminar participants in considering multilevel issues in their own research.
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Aparna Joshi is an Associate Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on multilevel issues in workplace diversity, gender issues in science and engineering, collaboration in global and distributed teams, generational issues in the workplace, and international and cross-cultural management. Her work in the area of gender dynamics in engineering work groups was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant. Her research appears in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science. Aparna's work has received the Academy of Management's Saroj Parasuraman Award in 2010, the Dorothy Harlow Distinguished Paper Award in 2006 and 2008, the Ulrich-Lake Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Human Resource Management Journal, and the Academy of Management's Best Dissertation Award (Gender and Diversity in Organizations division) and has also been featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer, USA Today, and the Times of India. She currently serves as the Co-Editor for the annual review series Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management and is on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.