Lisa Dragoni

Lisa Dragoni
people / faculty

Lisa Dragoni

Assistant Professor
Human Resource Studies

Overview

Professor Lisa Dragoni joined the Human Studies Department as an Assistant Professor in July of 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Business from the University of Maryland, her M.A. in Women’s Studies and Public Policy from The George Washington University, and her B.A. in Business Management from Franklin & Marshall College.

Her research has appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and the Academy of Management Journal, and she has presented her work at numerous national conferences.

Currently, Professor Dragoni teaches courses on leadership development and training and employee development. Previously, she has taught courses to undergraduate and graduate students on negotiations, organizational strategy, and management and organizational theory while on the faculty at the University of Iowa and as an instructor at the University of Maryland. In addition, while at the University of Maryland and here at Cornell, she has worked as an executive coach with executive MBA students and graduate students to guide them in their leadership development.

Professor Dragoni’s research primarily focuses on HR and management practices that impact leadership development in organizations. More specifically, she studies (1) key manager practices that create climates for learning and their implications for employee and leader development (2) the components of job assignments and work experiences that stretch and develop leaders and (3) mentoring relationships and their impact on protégé learning. She has received grants from Cornell’s Center for the Advancement of Human Resource Studies (CAHRS) to study the influence of formal mentors on the development of leadership capability of newly-appointed leaders and high potential technical leaders. Professor Dragoni is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Prior to academia, Professor Dragoni worked for seven years in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, and most notably, consulted with and trained over 6,000 employees, managers, and executives on various human resource management topics, including work-place diversity, discrimination and harassment issues, strategic planning, and human resource planning.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Lisa Dragoni, Christina Bailey. . Repatriation after global assignments: Current HR practices and suggestions for ensuring successful repatriation, People & Strategy.
  • Lisa Dragoni, Kristie McAlpine. 2012. Leading the business: The criticality of global leaders’ cognitive complexity in setting strategic directions, The Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspective on Science and Practice . 5:237-240.
  • Lisa Dragoni, Maribeth Kuenzi. 2012. Better understanding work unit goal orientation: Its emergence and impact under different types of work-unit structure, Journal of Applied Psychology. 97:1032-1048.
  • Lisa Dragoni, In-Sue Oh, Paul VanKatwyk, Paul E Tesluk. 2011. Developing executive leaders: The relative importance of cognitive ability, personality and the accumulation of work experience, Personnel Psychology. 64:829-864.
  • C K Stevens, Lisa Dragoni, M Burnett. 2010. What job seekers know versus what they think they know: Effects of familiarity on employer inferences and preferences, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
  • Lisa Dragoni, Paul E Tesluk, Joyce E.A. Russell, In-Sue Oh. 2009. Understanding managerial development: Integrating developmental assignments, learning orientation, and access to developmental opportunities in predicting managerial competencies, Academy of Management Journal. 52(4):731-743.
  • Lisa Dragoni. 2005. Understanding the emergence of state goal orientation in organizational work groups: The role of leadership and multi-level climate perceptions, Journal of Applied Psychology. 90:1084-1095.

Book Chapters

  • Joyce E.A. Russell, Lisa Dragoni. 2003. Managing human capital in start-up firms. in The Management of Strategy in the Marketplace. Mason, OH: South-Western/Thomson Learning, 2003. E.R. Cadotte & M. Keene . (pp. 355-375)(Published)(Book Chapter)

Professional Activities

  • Familiarity, organizational images and perceived fit as antecedents to the application decision of new graduates. Presented to Academy of Management. Montreal, Canada. 2010.
  • Help I'm Stuck! OB Research Incubator. Presented to Academy of Management. Montreal, Canada. 2010.
  • The impact of a climate for learning: boundary conditions and facilitators. Presented to Academy of Management. Montreal, Canada. 2010.
  • An examination of learner control during we-based instruction. Presented to Cognitive Science Society. Portland, Oregon. 2010.
  • A Consideration of the impact of cognitive ability, personality and breadth of experience on leadership competency. Presented to Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. San Francisco, CA. 2008.
  • Understanding the contingencies and consequences of state goal orientation emergence. Presented to Academy of Management. Atlanta. 2007.
  • Developmental network diversity: Antecedents and consequences.. Presented to Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologist. New York City. 2007.
  • Mentoring in modern organizations:Job-based and individual drivers of career mentoring. Presented to Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. Chicago IL. 2004.
  • Work experiences and developmental outcomes in middle managers and executives. Presented to Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. Chicago IL. 2004.
  • Mentoring in modern organizations: A look at the antecedents and outcomes of developmental networks. Presented to Academy of Management. Seattle WA. 2003.
  • Manager and organization learning enablers in utlizing work experiences to develop managerial talent. Presented to Academy of Management. Denver CO. 2002.
  • Utilizing work experiences to develop managerial talent and the role of learning orientation in maximizing on-the-job learning. Presented to Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. Toronto ON. 2002.
  • Leadership as an antecedent to followers' goal orientation: A review and research propositions. Presented to Academy of Management. Washington DC. 2001.
  • Learning to manage organizational politics: A closer look at development, shared organizational values and political effectiveness. Presented to Academy of Management Conference. Washington DC. 2001.
  • Familiarity, organizational images and perceived fit as antecedents to the application decisions of new graduates. Presented to Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists. San Diego CA. 2001.

Honors and Awards

  • Research Grant, Center for the Advancement of Human Resource Studies. 2013
  • Research Grant, Center for the Advancement of Human Resource Studies. 2009
  • Research Grant, Center for the Advancement of Human Resource Studies. 2007
  • Professor of the Month Award, University of Iowa. 2005
  • University of Maryland Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, University of Maryland. 2003
  • Best Student Paper, nomination, Academy of Management, Careers Division. 2003
  • Research Grant, University of Maryland. 2000