Expected Graduation Year: Spring 2014
Dissertation: The Bright and Dark Sides of Authenticity: Unpacking the Motivational and Relational Processes through which Authentic Self-expression Influences Job Performance
Committee: Jeff LePine (chair), Zhen Zhang, and Suzanne Peterson
Broad Research Area:
Current research interests include employee engagement, social interactions across levels of the organization, and authenticity
B.B.A University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, May 2004; Major: Accountancy
Honors: Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Brooke Buckman is a fifth year doctoral student at Arizona State University, pursuing a PhD in Organizational Behavior. Her research interests lie at the intersection of motivation and social interactions. To date, her research has demonstrated the various ways leaders enhance their followers’ levels of engagement, as well as how different types of leader behaviors influence followers' perceptions of fairness in the face of stressful job demands (Zhang, LePine, Buckman, & Wei, forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal). She also has published pieces that focus on team dynamics, specifically a piece that describes how the personality of team members influence teamwork and team effectiveness (LePine, Buckman, Crawford, & Methot, Human Resource Management Review), as well as a book chapter that describes the various implications (both good and bad) of having strong positive relationships among team members (LePine, Methot, Crawford, & Buckman, Personal Relationships: The Effect on Employee Attitudes, Behavior, and Well-being: 173-194). In conducting this research, she has worked with a wide variety of organizations and industries, including the U.S. MIlitary, numerous automobile and pharaceutical organizations in Eastern China, a U.S. based insurance company, a debt collection agency, a nation-wide fast-food chain, a business-to-business call center, and a system of hospitals.
In her dissertation, she integrates these two core interests of motivation and social interactions with the topic of authenticity. The primary questions underlying her work are: (1) Does being authentic at work influence the quality of relationships that you develop with your coworkers and (2) under what circumstances can being authentic have negative implications, both in terms of the relationships you develop, and in terms of your job performance?
To date, Brooke has been the solo instructor of an undergraduate OB elective that helps students develop a better understanding of teams and how they function, as well as learn the skills necessary to be both an effective leader and member. Additionally, she is trained in the case-based teaching method, and has been the facilitator of a two-hour case analysis for the required MBA OB course.