Cornell University

Michele Williams : Teaching

Office hours: by appointment


Graduate Courses

ILROB 7750 / NRE 5120: Feminist Theory in Management, Negotiation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship (Spring 2014)

The purpose of this course is two-fold: 1) to examine and understand feminist theory and empirical research in the field of micro-organizational behavior, i.e., management, negotiation, leadership and entrepreneurship and 2) to develop the ability to use different feminist perspectives to evaluate and generate papers that examine gender and gender differences organizations. We will first review classic literature related to gender differences in skills and preferences from the areas of behavioral economics, leadership, negotiations and entrepreneurship. We will then cover a blend of classic and contemporary feminist theory and empirical research to understand the evolution of feminist thought in OB and to analyze literature on gender in management, leadership, negotiations and entrepreneurship.

The major objectives of this course are to provide seminar members with 1) an overview of gender research in the field of organizational behavior 2) to increase their understanding of how different feminist perspectives can inform this research and 3) to support them in generating new theoretical questions, models and/or frameworks.


ILROB 5790: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Fall 2014)

Provides understanding of the theory and the processes of negotiation as practiced in a variety of organizational settings. The course is designed for relevance to the broad spectrum of bargaining problems faced by the manager and the professional. It allows students the opportunity to develop negotiation skills experientially and to understand negotiation by using analytical frameworks. General topics include distributive bargaining, integrative negotiations, psychological biases, sources of power, and multiparty negotiations. Advanced topics include dispute resolution, emotionally intelligent negotiations, and team on team negotiations (e.g., union-management, mergers). Simulations, exercises, role playing, and cases are emphasized.


ILROB 7210: Advanced Micro Organizational Behavior (Spring 2015)

Examines the historical development of psychological theories of organizational behavior and contemporary issues in micro organizational research. Emphasizes reading and analysis of primary source material.


Undergraduate Courses

ILROB 1220: Introduction to Organizational Behavior

Introductory survey course of theory and research on individual and group processes (including personality, motivation, communication, leadership), as well as structural and economic forces (including organizational design, power relations, inter-organizational ties, social norms and laws) that shape the contemporary workplace.


ILROB 4790: Organizations and Negotiation (Spring 2014)

This introductory course provides understanding of the theory and the processes of negotiations as practiced in a variety of organizational settings. It is designed for relevance to the broad spectrum of bargaining problems faced by team members, managers, and professionals. It allows students the opportunity to develop negotiation skills experientially and to understand negotiation by using analytical frameworks. General topics include: distributive bargaining, integrative negotiations, psychological biases, and multiparty negotiations. Advanced topics include: sources of power, dispute resolution, emotionally intelligent negotiations, team on team negotiations (e.g., union management). Simulations, exercises, role-playing, and cases are emphasized.