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Katherine Phillips

Katherine Phillips

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Professor Katherine W. Phillips joined the faculty at Columbia Business School as the Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics in Fall of 2011. Before that she was Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Co-Director of Northwestern’s Center on the Science of Diversity. She had been on the faculty since 1999 after receiving her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Her bachelors degree is in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Phillips’ research focuses on the areas of information sharing, diversity, status, minority influence, decision-making, and performance in work groups. Professor Phillips is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including top awards and recognition from the International Association of Conflict Management, the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Excellence in Work-Family Research Award, and the Gender, Diversity and Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Professor Phillips is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Her review of diversity research published in Research in Organizational Behavior (under the name Williams) is a leading source of information for scholars across many disciplines including psychologists, sociologists, political scientists, lawyers, and doctors. Professor Phillips teaches numerous topics including leadership, leading and managing teams, decision making, negotiations, organizational change, and motivation.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Gender Psychology
  • Group Processes
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Organizational Behavior


Journal Articles:

  • Levin, D. Z., Kurtzberg, T., Phillips, K. W., & Lount, R. B., Jr. (2010). The role of affect in knowledge transfer. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 14, 123-142.
  • Lount, R., Jr., & Phillips, K. W. (2007). Working harder with the out-group: The impact of social category diversity on motivation gains. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 103, 214-224.
  • Loyd, D. L., Phillips, K. W., Whitson, J., & Thomas-Hunt, M. C. (2010). Expertise in your midst: How congruence between status and speech style affects reactions to unique knowledge. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 13, 379-395.
  • Menon, T., & Phillips, K. W. (2011). Getting even or being at odds? Cohesion in even- and odd-sized small groups. Organization Science, 22, 738-753.
  • Phillips, K. W., Liljenquist, K., & Neale, M. A. (2009). Is the pain worth the gain? The advantages and liabilities of agreeing with socially distinct newcomers. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 336-350.
  • Phillips, K. W., & Loyd, D. L. (2006). When surface and deep-level diversity collide: The effects on dissenting group members. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 99, 143-160.
  • Phillips, K. W., Northcraft, G., & Neale, M. (2006). Surface-level diversity and decision making in groups: When does deep-level similarity help? Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 9, 467-482.
  • Phillips, K. W., Rothbard, N. P., & Dumas, T. L. (2009). To disclose or not to disclose? Status distance and self-disclosure in diverse environments. Academy of Management Review, 34, 710-732.
  • Rosette, A. S., Leonardelli, G. J. & Phillips, K. W. (2008). The White standard: Racial bias in leader categorization. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 758-777.
  • Swaab, R. I., Phillips, K. W., Diermeier, D., & Medvec, V. H. (2008). The pros and cons of dyadic side conversations in small groups: The impact of group norms and task type. Small Group Research, 39, 372-390.
  • Zhong, C. B., Phillips, K. W., Leonardelli, G. J., & Galinsky, A. D. (2008). Negational categorization and intergroup behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 793-806.

Other Publications:

  • Phillips, K. W., Kim-Jun, S. Y., & Shim, S. (2010). The value of diversity in organizations: A social psychological perspective. In R. van Dick, & K. Murnighan (Eds.), Social Psychology and Organizations (pp. 253-272). New York: Routledge Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Leadership in Diverse Organizations
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Leading and Managing Teams
  • Ph.D. Seminar on Group Dynamics
  • Social Processes in Organizations

Katherine Phillips
Columbia Business School
Uris Hall, Room 711
3022 Broadway Avenue
New York, New York 10027
United States of America

  • Phone: (212) 854-5621
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