Current Research

My current research centers on three main areas: personal reputation, team chemistry, and compassionate leadership.

Personal Reputation

In my research on personal reputation I consider: a) the specific content of reputations (good and bad; self and other; across multiple personal and professional contexts), b) the structure and transmission of reputation and how this differs based on individual factors such as power, status, gender, personality composition, and c) dynamics (gains, losses, recoveries, maintenance) of reputations – examining how reputations evolve and change over time within social networks based on behavior (e.g., ethical vs. unethical). In collaboration with Dacher Keltner (UC Berkeley), I have examined personal reputation in a variety of domains including in existing social networks and in professional and semi-professional sports teams. I have expanded this work to examine personal reputation in business contexts such as negotiations (in collaboration with Laura Kray, Haas), and reputation in other cultures, specifically Japan (in collaboration with Minoru Karasawa, Nagoya University).

Team Chemistry

Team chemistry has long been considered to be an “intangible”, “elusive”, and “impossible to measure”. Nevertheless, in collaboration with Dacher Keltner (UC Berkeley), we aim to: a) quantify team chemistry, b) measure team chemistry in existing social networks and in professional and semi-professional sports teams, and c) determine the role of good and bad team chemistry on individual and team performance. We take a multi-method, longitudinal, approach to this research and examine a variety of inter- and intra-individual factors.

Compassionate Leadership

Empirical research suggests that compassion is a skill that can be enhanced through formal training. While much has been written on the topic of compassion, research is in its infancy regarding the role of compassion for employees and within the workplace. We seek to examine whether compassion can be enhanced through brief courses for MBA students (in collaboration with Laura Kray, Haas) and with tech employees (in collaboration with Philippe Goldin, UC Davis). Specifically, we are interested in examining how compassion relates to employee well-being and performance.