Robin Ely

Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Robin Ely is currently a professor of organizational behavior at the Harvard Business School. Her research and consulting focus on how organizations can better manage their race and gender relations while at the same time increasing their effectiveness. In earlier research, she investigated the impact of women holding formal positions of authority in organizations on professional women’s experiences at work, including the nature and quality of their relationships with each other. She is author of numerous articles published in both scholarly and popular management journals and is co-editor of two books, Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships in Multicultural Organizations (with A. J. Murrell and F. J. Crosby, 1999), and a Reader on Gender, Work, and Organization (with E. G. Foldy and M. A. Scully, forthcoming). Professor Ely received her Ph.D. from Yale University in organizational behavior and her bachelor’s degree from Smith College. Prior to her appointment at Harvard Business School, she taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons Graduate School of Management.

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