Aparna Joshi

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Arnold Family Professor of Management

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 multilevel issues in workplace diversity, gender issues in science an engineering, collaboration in global and distributed teams, generational issues in the workplace, and international and cross-cultural management. Her work in the area of gender dynamics in engineering work groups was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant. Her research appears in the, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science. 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 the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 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.


Diversity in Organizations


Ph D, Rutgers University, 2002

MS, Rutgers University, 1999

Courses Taught

MGMT 601 – Ph.D Dis Full-Time

MGMT 445 – Mange Divrs Wrkfrc (3)
This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills for managing demographic, functional, occupational and identity-based differences within and among organizations. MGMT 445 Managing a Diverse Workforce (3) This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills for managing differences within and among organizations. It provides an in-depth look at the sources of diversity-related conflicts in organizations, constructive approaches for managing these conflicts, and how corporations can leverage diversity for competitive advantage. The overall objective is to provide students with an understanding of the business case for diversity, the legal requirements surrounding the management of diversity in organizations, the structural dimensions of implementing diversity programs, skills for managing diversity in teams, as well as a general sensitivity to the kinds of issues that create conflicts within and between firms. Students will explore legal requirements including: EEOC, affirmative action, and the Americans with Disabilities Act and the implications of these for selection, compensation, promotion and dismissal. Examples of specific steps corporations have taken to address demographic, functional, occupational, and identity-based differences will be provided. Through the use of interactive case studies and experiential exercises, students will be given opportunities to learn about and appreciate their own and others' cultural heritages, reflect on constructive approaches for handling diversity-related conflicts (including those stemming from functional, occupational and identity-based differences as well as demographic ones) and for designing human resource management systems that capitalize on diversity and promotes inclusion.

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

MGMT 596 – Individual Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

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

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 597A – Multilevel Theory and Research in Organizations (3)
Theorizing across levels of analysis is a core competency in management/ organizational behavior research. Our field engages with multiple disciplines and in understanding organizational phenomena no single level of analysis provides adequate explanations

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

Selected Publications

Johnson T., Joshi A., Hogan T., "On the front lines of disclosure: A conceptual framework of stigma disclosure events." Organizational Psychology Review, 2020
Joshi A., Hambrick D. C., Kang J., "The generativity mindsets of Chief Executive Officers: A new perspective on succession outcomes." Academy of Management 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
Briscoe F., Joshi A., "Bringing the boss’s politics in: Supervisor political ideology and the gender gap in earnings." Academy of Management Journal, 2017
Joshi A., Neely B., "A Structural-Emergence Model of Team Diversity." Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 2017, Invited
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


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