Physical Attractiveness in the Workplace

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Margaret Lee
London Business School

11 December 2017 - Bernard Ramanantsoa room - From 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Work in psychology and economics documents a robust attractiveness bias: People tend to attribute positive qualities and give better outcomes to attractive individuals. Research shows this bias exists in workplace-relevant decisions such as selection decisions, performance evaluations, and wages. However, much of this research is surprisingly lacking consideration for the organizational context. I present two projects that each examine a contextual factor that improves our understanding of how the attractiveness bias affects workplace behavior and outcomes. In the first, I present studies that show that when hiring for jobs that are considered to be relatively less desirable, the attractiveness bias is reversed such that selectors are more likely to hire a less attractive candidate. In the second project, I present evidence that shows that an additional path to advantage in organizations for attractive individuals is through their better interactions with coworkers. I propose that attractive individuals receive more help from their coworkers, which in turn positively affects their performance and outcomes. In all, this research highlights that well-established general conclusions from social psychology might change when we take organizational contexts into account.

Women Innovators: Challenges and Opportunities

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Mengzi JIN
Singapore Management University

7 November 2018 - S211 - From 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Innovation typically involves generating multiple novel ideas and selecting the most promising one for implementation. In this research, I examine how gender influences idea selection during the innovation process. I theorize that although women are equally capable as men in generating highly novel ideas, women and men differ in “novelty avoidance” during idea selection - the extent to which individuals refrain from pursuing the most novel ideas they have generated. In a laboratory study where students were instructed to make creative short-films for the university, I found support of the hypothesis. In a second laboratory study where students were instructed to make creative photo collages for the university, I found that the gendered effect is moderated by the presence of women in judging panels. Specifically, women’s novelty avoidance tendency is mitigated when there are more women appeared in the judging panel. In the third study conducted on a creative crowdsourcing platform featuring a sample of freelancers, I replicated the gender difference in novelty avoidance and found that fear of social backlash from demonstrating high creativity explains women’s novelty avoidance tendency. Overall, my work advances current understanding of the challenges and opportunities that women innovators face, thereby helping to close the gender gap in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Double-Edged Sword Effect of Team-Level Proactive Personality on Team Performance: Team Potency and Team Cohesion as Mechanisms

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Ruixue ZHANG
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

5 November 2018 - T104 - From 11:45 am to 1:15 pm


While research has largely shown a positive linear relationship between proactive personality and job performance at the individual level, we know relatively little about how proactive personality functions and whether the same relationship holds at the team level. This study proposes a curvilinear relationship between team-level proactive personality and team performance and considers team potency and team cohesion as two explanatory mechanisms. In Study 1, using data collected from 94 teams in four companies, we established an inverted-U-shaped relationship between team-level proactive personality and team performance. In Study 2, using data collected from a sample of 101 nursing teams from three hospitals, we replicated the inverted-U-shaped relationship and further demonstrated that the relationship is mediated by team potency and team cohesion, respectively. Specifically, at low to moderate levels, team-level proactive personality increases team potency and team cohesion, but at moderate to high levels, such relationships become negative. Team potency and team cohesion are positively related to team performance and thus mediate the relationship between team-level proactive personality and team performance.

team-level proactive personality; team potency; team cohesion; curvilinear relationship

We’re not like those crazy hippies: the formation of an occupational group from a social movement mandate

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Grace AUGUSTINE
Kellogg School of Management

31 October 2018 - S211 - From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Women and The Crowd: Justifications Entrepreneurs Use in Their Crowdfunding Pitches

Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Srinivas Santosh
University of Texas, Austin

30 October 2018 - Bernard Ramanantsoa room - From 8:45 am to 10:15 am


Management & Human Resources

Speaker: Tracy Anderson
The Wharton School

30 October 2018 - S211 - From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm


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