Aparna Joshi

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Arnold Family Professor of Management, Director

Department Management and Organization
Office Address 438 Business Building
Phone Number 814-863-0099
Email Address aaj1@psu.edu

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Aparna Joshi 's work focuses on gender, diversity, and leadership in organizations. Her research appears in the leading journals in the field of management including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science. Her work in the area of gender dynamics in engineering work groups was also awarded a National Science Foundation grant.

Aparna’s work has received the Academy of Management’s Saroj Parasuraman Award in 2010, the Dorothy Harlow Distinguished Paper Award in 2006 and 2008, the Ulrich-Lake Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Human Resource Management Journal, and the Academy of Management’s Best Dissertation Award (Gender and Diversity in Organizations division) and has also been featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer, USA Today, and the Times of India. Prior to joining Smeal she was on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
She has served on the editorial boards of top journals and as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal.

She was awarded the 2014 Cummings Award for Early to Mid-Career Scholarly Achievement, one of the highest professional honors in the field, by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management and was appointed a fellow of the Academy of Management in 2019.

Please visit her personal website to learn about her Intentional Inclusivity (I2) Lab "Working towards Inclusivity In and Around Organizations": www.aparnajoshi.net


Diversity & Inclusion


Ph D, Rutgers University, 2002

MS, Rutgers University, 1999

Courses Taught

MGMT 600 – Thesis Research (Variable)

MGMT 845 – Lead Diverse Orgs (3)
Managing diversity and differences effectively is one of the most pressing leadership challenges in organizations today. This course focuses on increasing knowledge, skill, and confidence to address diversity related challenges that are an inevitable part of the manager's life. Course materials are organized around an Awareness-Empathy-Action/Allyship (AEA) framework. First, students will gain awareness around topics such as bias, prejudice, (in)equity and discrimination in the workplace. Course materials will direct students towards a greater awareness about how their personal biases and values shape decision making in interpersonal and group contexts as well as recognizing sources of bias and discrimination in the context surrounding them. Second, students will learn concepts that allow them to build empathy and take the perspective of others who are different. Often, people can empathize with others who are share a similar background or set of values, but transferring this empathy across differences can be challenging. Through case discussions and experiential learning students will have an opportunity to build their empathy across differences. Both awareness and empathy contribute to the third key component of this course- taking action to ensure equity and inclusion in the workplace. Through cases and exercises students will learn when and how to take individual action as well as promote inclusive and equitable practices in organizations. Overall, the AEA framework provides a pragmatic and evidencebased approach to recognizing and addressing bias and discrimination as well as fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

BA 801 – Management (2)
This course is concerned with understanding and managing the behavior of people in organizations. The course will provide exposure to many of the concepts and skills that will help students become a more effective manager and organizational leader. This course includes tools that help students diagnose, understand, and develop solutions to management problems. The course will draw upon both the academic and practitioner literature to understand many facets of organizations and of the thoughts, feelings, and actions of people who work in them. It will focus on: 1) developing students' conceptual understanding of issues involved in managing people; 2) providing opportunities for direct or vicarious learning of managerial skills that have been identified by practicing managers as being most important to their performance; 3) giving students insight into their own attitudes, beliefs, and management philosophy; 4) creating a forum for discussing management issues with colleagues.

MGMT 601 – Ph.D Dis Full-Time

BA 597 – Special Topics (1)
Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.

MGMT 445 – Manage Diverse Wrkfrce (3)
This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills for dealing with demographic, functional, occupational and identity-based differences within and among organizations.

MGMT 596 – Individual Studies (Variable)

MGMT 528 – Sem Org Beh (3)
Current theoretical and research issues applicable to the study of individual and group behavior within organizational settings.

MGMT 597 – Special Topics (3)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

MGMT 597A – **Special Topics** (3)

MGMT 590 – Colloquium (2)
Continuing seminars which consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.

MGMT 591 – Organizational Research Design (3)
Experience in designing research for organizational science, to maximize the validity of eventual conclusions; methodological choices, constraints, and compromises (tradoffs).

MGMT 301H – Basic Management Concepts (3)
Study of fundamental principles and processes available to the understanding of management.

Selected Publications

Joshi A., Oh S., Desjardine M., "A new perspective on gender bias in the upper echelons: Why stakeholder variability matters." Academy of Management Review, vol. 49, no. 2, 2024, pp. 322-343
Dang C., Joshi A., "On The Politics and Plurality of Ally Work: Liberalism and self, relational, and organizational ally work." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 66, no. 5, 2023, pp. 1554-1585
Johnson T., Joshi A., Kreiner2021 G., "Bridgework: A Model of Brokering Relationships Across Social Boundaries in Organizations." Organization Science, vol. 34, no. 4, 2023, pp. 1458-1486
Rheinhardt A., Briscoe F., Joshi A., "Organizations as Platforms for Employee Activism: Evidence from the NFL Anthem Protests for Black Lives Matter." Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 68, no. 2, 2023, pp. 395-428
Joshi A., Hambrick D. C., Kang J., "The generativity mindsets of Chief Executive Officers: A new perspective on succession outcomes." Academy of Management Review, vol. 46, no. 2, 2021, pp. 385-405
Dwivedi P., Misangyi V., Joshi A., "Burnt By The Spotlight: How leadership endorsements impact the longevity of female leaders.." Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 106, no. 12, 2021, pp. 1885-1906
Johnson T., Joshi A., Hogan T., "On the front lines of disclosure: A conceptual framework of stigma disclosure events." Organizational Psychology Review, 2020
Dwivedi P., Joshi A., Misangyi V., "Gender-Inclusive Gate-keeping: How (Mostly) Male Predecessors Can Influence the Success of Female CEOs." Academy of Management Journal, 2018
Joshi A., Neely B., "A Structural-Emergence Model of Team Diversity." Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, vol. 5, 2018
Briscoe F., Joshi A., "Bringing the boss’s politics in: Supervisor political ideology and the gender gap in earnings." Academy of Management Journal, 2017
Johnson T., Joshi A., "Dark clouds or silver linings? A stigma threat perspective on the implications of an autism diagnosis for workplace well-being." Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 101, no. 3, 2016, pp. 430-449
Joshi A., Son J., Roh H., "When can women close the gap? A meta-analytic test of sex differences in performance and rewards." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 58, 2015, pp. 1516-1545
Joshi A., Knight A., "Who defers to whom and why? Dual mechanisms linking demographic differences to dyadic deference and team effectiveness." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 58, 2015
Joshi A., "By whom and when is women's expertise recognized? Interactive effects of gender and education in science and engineering teams." Administrative Science Quarterly, vol. 59, no. 2, 2014, pp. 202-239
Gajendran R., Joshi A., "Inclusion and Identification in Virtual Teams: Does Leader-Member Virtual Communication Matter?." Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 97, 2012, pp. 1252-1261
Joshi A., Liao H., Roh H., "Bridging domains in workplace demography research: A review and reconceptualization." Journal of Management, vol. 57, 2011, pp. 521-552
Joshi A., Dencker J., Franz G., "Generations in organizations." Research in Organizational Behavior, 2011
Joshi A., Dencker J., Franz G., Martocchio J., "Unpacking generational identities in organizations." Academy of Management Review, vol. 35, 2010, pp. 392-414
Joshi A., Roh H., "The role of context in work team diversity research: A meta-analytic review." Academy of Management Journal, 2009
Joshi A., Pandey N., Han G., "Bracketing team boundary spanning: An examination of task-based, team-level, and contextual moderators." Journal of Organizational Behavior, vol. 30, 2009, pp. 731-759
Joshi A., Lazarova M., Liao H., "Getting everyone on board: The role of inspirational leadership in geographically dispersed teams." Organization Science, vol. 20, 2009, pp. 240-252
Liao H., Chuang A., Joshi A., "In the eye of the beholder: Understanding why people think they are different, and when perceived dissimilarity leads to turnover." Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, vol. 106, 2008, pp. 106-124


Administrative Science Quarterly, Associate Editor, May 2021 - May 2024
Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board, August 2016 - Present
Academy of Management Review, Special Topics Forum Diversity at a Critical Juncture, Associate Editor, January 2015 - January 2019
Academy of Management Journal, Associate Editor, July 2013 - July 2016
Academy of Management Journal, Editorial Board, July 2010 - July 2013
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Editorial Board, January 2010 - January 2013
Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management, Co-Editor, January 2009 - January 2013