As rapid advances in technology like artificial intelligence, ever-more-sophisticated robots, and increasingly available big data transform the world of work, how can we tap into the very things that make us human - such as social relationships, emotions, and empathy - to improve the world of work?
My research as an Assistant Professor in Management at the University of Zurich asks this question. I focus on studying the
'human side' of the future of work.
Previously, I investigated how human connection matters for leaders and organizations as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Zurich Chair of HRM and Leadership working with Jochen Menges, and how human connection matters in healthcare as a postdoctoral scholar in the Stanford University Mind & Body Lab working with Alia Crum.
I earned my PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University, where I was the Shaper Family Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow. With my colleagues at Stanford, I worked on projects exploring aspects of social relationships and trust in experts. Click here to read my speech on embracing your own expertise from the Stanford Psychology Department's graduation ceremony!
As an undergraduate, I double majored in Psychology and German Language and Literature at the University of Virginia, where I had the pleasure of working with Jon Haidt and Tim Wilson. After graduating, I spent a year abroad on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Reutlingen, Germany.
Beyond research and teaching, I love to spend my time writing about science for the popular press, participating in book clubs, and learning about local history. Meeting cows while exploring the Swiss mountains and watching so-bad-they're-good-again movies are two of my favorite pastimes.
LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS
August 2021. Join our Personal Development Workshop at the Academy of Management's Annual Meeting on "Shaping a New Research Agenda on the Future of Work" - more information here!
June 2021. Does your career have to be your passion? Read my new Harvard Business Reviewarticle that asks this question.
January 2021. Can side effects be a positive sign that treatment is working as expected? Find out more in my publication in BMJ Open about re-thinking side effects.
December 2020. When work feels like family, employees keep quiet about wrongdoing. Read about the downsides of a close-knit culture for ethics in my Harvard Business Reviewarticle.
November 2020. Could socially-skilled robots soon take on leadership positions? Find out more in my article in The European Business Review.
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University of Zurich
Department of Business Administration
8032 Zurich, Switzerland
E-mail: Lauren.howe at business.uzh.ch
Dr. Lauren C. Howe