Leigh Plunkett Tost studies the psychological and sociological dynamics of hierarchy and diversity in organizations. Her research on hierarchy focuses on questions about how power differences in teams and organizations affect team performance and ethical decision making. Her work on diversity examines people’s attitudes about diversity and explores the unintended consequences of diversity initiatives. Her research has been published in a broad range of academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Psychological Science. In addition, the implications of her research have been discussed in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review.
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Marshall Faculty Recognized for Teaching Excellence
Faculty recognized for exceptional teaching are honored with excellence awards and endowed teaching chair positions.
Marshall Faculty Publications, Awards, and Honors: May 2023 and Year-End Roundup
We are thrilled to congratulate our faculty on recently accepted and published research, 2022-2023 teaching and research awards, and new chair appointments.
New Marshall Research Inspects Differing Impacts of Perceived Gender Discrimination on Women and Men
The latest from Leigh Tost and co-authors suggests new theories about a multi-faceted threat to productive workplace engagement.
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