Aparna Joshi's work focuses on multilevel issues in workplace diversity, gender issues in science an engineering, collaboration in global and distributed teams, generational issues in the workplace, and international and cross-cultural management. Her work in the area of gender dynamics in engineering work groups was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant.  Her research appears in the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organization Science. Aparna’s work has received the Academy of Management’s Saroj Parasuraman Award in 2010, the Dorothy Harlow Distinguished Paper Award in 2006 and 2008, the Ulrich-Lake Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Human Resource Management Journal, and the Academy of Management’s Best Dissertation Award (Gender and Diversity in Organizations division) and has also been featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer, USA Today, and the Times of India. Prior to joining Smeal she was on the faculty of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.  She has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and is currently an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Journal.

Current Research
Aparna's NSF funded research focuses on status based dynamics in multidisciplinary science and engineering groups. These groups are assembled to pool expertise and knowledge, solve complex and critical problems, and advance innovation. Yet, managing social dynamics in work groups has been an enduring challenge. This challenge is magnified when work groups represent diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity, or cultural backgrounds. From a policy standpoint, the attraction and retention of female and minority scientists and engineers has been a concern in both academic and corporate settings. The findings from the proposed research will inform initiatives for facilitating inclusive and productive working relationships at the group level that will ultimately lead to the more optimal utilization of the diverse expertise represented in these groups. Specifically, the proposed research will have broad impacts on three stakeholder groups – engineering faculty, students, and managers in high-technology organizations.

Current CV can be found here