Cornell University

Lisa Dragoni : Biography

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 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, she worked as an executive coach with a small cadre of executive MBA 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 recently received two 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.