Margaret Luciano

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Associate Professor

Department Management and Organization

Phone Number 814-863-2008
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Margaret Luciano is an Associate Professor of Management & Organization at the Smeal College of Business and a BNY Mellon Faculty Fellow. Prior to joining Smeal, Margaret was an Associate Professor at Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business.


Team Dynamics
Multiteam systems


Ph.D., Management (Organizational Behavior), University of Connecticut, 2015

MBA, Management (Leadership Research), Clark University, 2010

BA, Psychology (Management), Clark University, 2009

Courses Taught

BA 802 – Team Proc and Perf (2)
This course provides students with basic knowledge about predictable team dynamics and how to constructively deal with issues that arise in the first year M.B.A. teams. The course focuses on observation, diagnosis, and intervention skills for developing effective teams. Topics include diagnosing group dynamics, giving and receiving feedback to teammates, cross-cultural communication, and conflict management techniques. The course provides a real-time practicum for diagnosing team issues and addressing team problems and conflicts. Students apply team process concepts and techniques as they work to complete team projects in their other core M.B.A. classes. Students leave the course with an understanding of how to successfully lead a team and how to diagnose and correct dysfunctional team behaviors.

MGMT 326 – Org Beh and Design (3)
Concepts, theories, and methods of managing people and designing organizations. MGMT 326 Organizational Behavior and Design (3) This introductory course covers the concepts, theories, and methods of managing people and designing organizations. Issues and challenges of managing at different organizational levels (individual, group, project, and total organization) are discussed and illustrated with real-world examples. Students learn about the latest means of designing high-performing organizations, including how to change an organization. This course will serve as a foundation for taking advanced management courses. The primary method of evaluation is an examination after each of the four major parts of the course, but class participation and short papers may also be used for evaluation.

MGMT 548 – Seminar in Management (3)
Current theoretical and research issues applicable to the study of Management, ranging from individuals embedded in organizations to organizational design, and strategy formulation / implementation. Students will learn about important theories and cutting-edge research across the management domain, with a particular focus on emerging research streams, particularly in the applied domain.

Selected Publications

Park S., Luciano M., Mathieu J. E., Fenters V. W., "Intra-Individual Conflict and Task Performance in a Multiteam Context: Examining the Structural Elements of Conflict Experience." Academy of Management Journal, 2024
Tannenbaum S. I., Mathieu J. E., Luciano M. M., "Exploring the Interplay Between Formal and Informal Learning: A Quasi-Experimental Investigation." Academy of Management Discoveries, 2024
Luciano M. M., "3 Strategies for Managing an Understaffed Team." Harvard Business Review, 2022, pp. 1-5,
Mathieu J. E., Wolfson M. A., Park S., Luciano M. M., Bedwell-Torres W. L., Ramsay P. S., Klock E. A., Tannenbaum S. I., "Indexing Dynamic Collective Constructs Using Computer-Aided Text Analysis: Construct Validity Evidence and Illustrations Featuring Team Processes." Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 107, no. 4, 2022, pp. 533-559,
Dent B., Luciano M., "Ten minutes with Bob Dent, Chief Nursing Officer, Emory Health System, Georgia, USA." BMJ Leader, vol. 6, 2022, pp. 70-72,
Luciano M., "4 Ways Managers Can Increase Flexibility Without Losing Productivity." Harvard Business Review (online), 2022, pp. 1-5,
Luciano M., Watson M. K., "When Hiring Nobody Is Better Than Hiring Just Anybody." Harvard Business Review (online), 2021, pp. 1-5,
Vaulont M. J., Nahrgang J. D., Luciano M. M., D'Innocenzo L., Lofgren C. T., "The room where it happens: The impact of core and non-core roles on surgical team performance." Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 106, no. 11, 2021
Luciano M. M., Fenters V. W., Park S., Bartels A. L., Tannenbaum S., "The double-edged sword of leadership task transitions in emergency response multiteam systems." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 64, no. 4, 2021, pp. 1236-1264
This article was featured in a special issue on improving transparency or empirical research published in AMJ
Luciano M., Fenters V., Park S., Bartels A., Tannenbaum S., "When to Take On Tasks That Are Outside of Your Job Description." Harvard Business Review (online), 2021, pp. 1-5,
Baer M. D., Frank E. L., Matta F. K., Luciano M., Wellman N., "Undertrusted, overtrusted, or just right? The fairness of (in)congruence between trust wanted and trust received." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 64, no. 1, 2021, pp. 180-206,
Featured in AOM Insight: Trust from the Boss Works Best When It Matches Expectations

Featured in Entrepreneur: If You Think Trusting Your Employees More is the Answer, You Might Want to Think Again
Luciano M., Brett J., "Do you know burnout when you see it?." Harvard Business Review (online), 2021, pp. 1-6,
Kruse B., Recinos I., Eska J., Amaku R., Aloia T., Luciano M., Gottumukkala V., "Scaling an Enhanced Recovery Program to an Institution-Wide Initiative: It Takes a Village." Quality Management in Health Care, vol. 30, no. 3, 2021, pp. 200-206,
Mathieu J. E., Luciano M. M., D’Innocenzo L., Klock E. A., LePine J. A., "The Development and Construct Validity of a Team Processes Survey Measure." Organizational Research Methods, vol. 23, no. 3, 2020, pp. 399-431,
Luciano M. M., Nahrgang J. D., Shropshire C., "Strategic leadership systems: Viewing top management teams and boards of directors from a multiteam systems perspective." Academy of Management Review, vol. 45, no. 3, 2020, pp. 675-701,
Woods A. L., Luciano M., Aloia T. A., Gottumukkala V., Salas E., "Functional framework for change leaders: Results of a qualitative study." BMJ Leader, vol. 4, 2020, pp. 207-213,
Luciano M., "We know medical error is a deadly problem? Why haven’t we fixed it?." Boston Globe, 2019, pp. 1-4,
Published online 11/29/2019
Published in newspaper 12/1/2019
Aloia T. A., Keller D. S., Kowalski R. B., Lin H., Luciano M., Myers J. A., Sinha P., Spaniolas K., Young-Fadok T. M., "Enhanced recovery program implementation: an evidence-based review of the art and the science." Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 33, no. 11, 2019, pp. 3833-3841,
Luciano M., Aloia T., Brett J., "4 ways to Make Evidence-Based Practice the Norm in Health Care." Harvard Business Review (online), 2019, pp. 1-5,
Luciano M., "Creating Value from Voice." HR People + Strategy, vol. 42, no. 3, 2019, pp. 9-10
Lead article for Perspectives Section on Elevating the Employee’s Voice to the Top of the Organizational Agenda
Brett J., Luciano M., "3 steps for engaging health care providers in organizational change." Harvard Business Review (online), 2018, pp. 1-6,
Luciano M. M., Bartels A. L., D'Innocenzo L., Maynard M. T., Mathieu J. E., "Shared team experiences and team effectiveness: Unpacking the contingent effects of entrained rhythms and task characteristics." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 61, no. 4, 2018, pp. 1403-1430
Luciano M., Dent B., "How one hospital improved patient handoffs for the long-term." Harvard Business Review (online), 2018, pp. 1-8,
Leslie J., Luciano M., Mathieu J. E., Hoole E., "Challenge Accepted: Managing Polarities to Enhance Virtual Team Effectiveness." HR People + Strategy, vol. 41, no. 2, 2018, pp. 22-29
Special issue on teams
Luciano M., DeChurch L. A., Mathieu J. E., "Multiteam Systems: A Structural Framework and Meso-Theory of System Functioning." Journal of Management, vol. 44, no. 3, 2018, pp. 1065-1096
Luciano M. M., Mathieu J. E., Park S., Tannenbaum S. I., "A Fitting Approach to Construct and Measurement Alignment: The Role of Big Data in Advancing Dynamic Theories." Organizational Research Methods, vol. 21, no. 3, 2018, pp. 592-632
D'Innocenzo L., Luciano M., Mathieu J. E., Maynard M. T., Chen G., "Empowered to perform: A multi-level investigation of the influence of empowerment on performance in hospital units." Academy of Management Journal, vol. 59, no. 4, 2016, pp. 1290-1307
Luciano M., Mathieu J. E., Ruddy T. M., "Leading Multiple Teams: Average and Relative External Leadership Influences on Team Empowerment and Effectiveness." Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 99, no. 2, 2014, pp. 322-331
Maynard M. T., Luciano M., D'Innocenzo L., Mathieu J. E., Dean M. D., "Modeling Time-Lagged Reciprocal Psychological Empowerment-Performance Relationships." Journal of Applied Psychology, vol. 99, no. 6, 2014, pp. 1244-1253
Graves L. M., Luciano M. M., "Self-determination at work: Understanding the role of leader-member exchange." Motivation and Emotion, vol. 37, no. 3, 2013, pp. 518-536,
Gilson L. L., Lim H. S., Luciano M., Choi J. N., "Unpacking the cross-level effects of tenure diversity, explicit knowledge, and knowledge sharing on individual creativity." Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, vol. 86, no. 2, 2013, pp. 203-222,
Awarded the Journal of Occupational & Organizational Psychology Best Paper of 2013

Research Impact and Media Mention

"The future of work: How can managers increase flexibility without losing productivity?", Better Business Podcast, Podcast,


Academy of Management Review, Editorial Board, September 2022 - Present
Editorial Board Member
Journal of Applied Psychology, Editorial Board, January 2021 - Present
Personnel Psychology, Editorial Board, (, January 2021 - Present