Workshop Series: Lisa Nishii

29 November, 2012 - 10:00 to 12:00
Room 103 Colin Clark Building #39


In her talk, Lisa will focus on her program of research on Climate for Inclusion. She will define the construct, then describe results from several studies that together show that: a) group processes such as conflict, cohesion, and information elaboration in diverse groups are influenced by the inclusiveness of a group’s climate, and b) the individual-level experiences of employees from historically marginalized groups are also significantly affected by the inclusiveness of the group’s climate. She will discuss implications for practice and future research. As she presents this research, she will share her approach to and experiences with navigating the publication process at the Academy of Management Journal.

Following her presentation, we will be holding a one hour workshop to which participants should bring a paper that they currently have under review (or are hoping to have under review soon) at an A journal. This session is meant to be a constructive, solution-focused discussion in which participants learn more about each other's work. Participants should come prepared to discuss one or two primary issues/concerns that they have about the paper (e.g., reviewer comments and how to address them) so that the group can discuss possible strategies for addressing those concerns.

Lunch to follow on the Rooftop at 12.00n.

Lisa H. Nishii, Associate Professor, Cornell University (USA)

Lisa Nishii is Associate Professor and Chair of ILR International Programs in the ILR School Department of Human Resource Studies at Cornell University. She has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College. Her most active body of research includes multi-level projects on diversity and inclusion, where she examines the confluence of climate, leader characteristics, and group demography on group processes, group performance, and individual outcomes. She has received over $5 Million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Education, and the SHRM Foundation for her research. Her research suggests that the “value in diversity” only emerges in inclusive environments, in which subgroup disparities are minimized and there are strong norms for people to cultivate cross-boundary relationships. In related work, she is researching the reasons for and effects of “decoupling” between intended diversity practices and the everyday implementation of those practices. Most recently, she has begun partnering with large, global corporations in an effort to merge her research on inclusion with her expertise in cross-cultural psychology to understand how inclusion may be defined and enacted differently across cultures. Nishii actively publishes in top-tier management journals, including the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology. Five of her papers have received international “best paper” recognition. She serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Organizational Psychology Review, and Equal Opportunities International. She is currently serving a 3-year term on the executive committee of the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division, as well as the executive leadership rotation to be Division Chair for the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division.