Cornell University

Michele Williams : Research

I produce theory, empirical findings and teaching tools that improve our understanding of how people build trusting high performing work relationships.

Specifically, I research how people build and maintain social relationships within and across organizational boundaries as well as contextual factors that facilitate and constrain their ability build collaborative, productive relationships at work. I investigate processes such as perspective taking, threat regulation, emotion and trust as well as contextual factors such as demographic composition and power.

I also research women in management. I examine the relational and performance outcomes of gender composition in project teams and among small business owners. My 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. Click the links below for full-text versions my works, media coverage and survey measures.

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