Lucy Gilson

Professor & Management Department Head

University of Connecticut School of Business


Lucy Gilson is a professor and head of the Management Department at the University of Connecticut School of Business where she also serves as the faculty director for the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference and as the faculty adviser to the women’s MBA association. Professor Gilson is a visiting Scholar at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Lisbon) and an international fellow with AIM (Advanced institute of Management) in the UK. She earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior with a minor in human resource management at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has an MBA from Georgia Tech and a BSc from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

Professor Gilson’s research focuses on individual and team creativity, why managers should want employees to be creative, team effectiveness, and virtual teams. Specifically, she is interested in examining teams in different organizational settings performing a diverse range of jobs, and how creativity, employee empowerment, diversity, fairness issues, leadership, and virtual communication influence team effectiveness. Her research has been published in many of the top management and psychology journals. In addition, she provides consulting expertise to many multinational companies, state and national agencies in the areas of leadership, virtual teams, managing change, and leading for creativity. She has given several invited keynote presentations on ‘Women and Leadership’ and ‘Leading for Creativity and Change.’

Professor Gilson teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executives level students in the areas of leadership, managerial and interpersonal behavior, and leading for innovation and change. In addition to being recognized as the MBA Management Professor of the Year on multiple occasions, she was also honored as the UConn MBA Professor of the Year award in 2012. Professor Gilson was elected to the executive committee of the Organization Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Management and is the senior associate editor for Group and Organizational Management.

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