Michele WilliamsAssistant Professor, Dept. of Organizational Behavior
Michele Williams is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Industrial and Labor Relations School, Cornell University. She received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan, her MA in Education from Columbia University and her BA in Psychology from Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the faculty at Cornell, Professor Williams was a member of the faculty at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Williams has consulted on effective relationship development and collaboration for public and private organizations such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also co-author of the Four Capabilities Leadership Assessment (4-CAP)—an online 360° assessment used by organizations to enhance the leadership potential of managers.
Professor Williams teaches courses on negotiation, organizational behavior and women in leadership at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has led numerous executive workshops on high performance work relationships with an emphasis on communication, trust, and conflict.
Professor Williams' research focuses on the development of cooperative, high-performance interpersonal relationships, especially on projects involving people from multiple organizations or groups within an organization. Williams' research concentrates on the influences interpersonal processes, such as perspective taking and emotion, on how interpersonal trust and cooperation evolve in cross-boundary and team-based relationships.
Williams also has a research interest in women in management. She examines the relational and performance outcomes of gender composition in project teams and among small business owners. Her work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Business Venturing as well as numerous Academy of Management Proceedings and book chapters. She is on the editorial board of Organization Science and an Associate Editor for The Journal of Trust Research.
- Michele Williams, E. Polman. 2014. Is it me or her? How gender composition influences interpersonally sensitive behavior on collaborative cross-boundary projects, Organization Science.
- A. T. Kalnins, Michele Williams. 2014. When do female-owned businesses out-survive male-owned businesses? A disaggregated approach by industry and geography, Journal of Business Venturing. (doi:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0883902613001092)
- K. J. Emich, . 2014. "The Experience of Failed Humor: Implications for Interpersonal Affect Regulation", Journal of Business and Psychology.
- J. Carroll, Michele Williams, T. Gallivan. 2012. The ins and outs of nursing change of shift handoffs: A communication challenge, British Medical Journal, BMJ: Quality & Safety.
- Michele Williams. 2007. Building genuine trust through interpersonal emotion management: A threat regulation model of trust and cooperation across boundaries, Academy of Management Review. 32(2):595-621.
- Michele Williams. 2001. In whom we trust: Group membership as an affective context for trust development, Academy of Management Review. 26(3):377-396.
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