Laura Rees, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Department of Management
Areas of expertise: Impact of emotions on cognition, decision-making, and relationships at work, employee voice, negotiations
Laura Rees is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Department of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Henry W. Bloch School of Management. She earned her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2014, and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University in 2005. Rees's work experience includes serving as an Associate and Consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, an Instructor of Management at Vanderbilt University, and an Instructor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan.
Rees's expertise focuses on three major areas, all of which investigate emotions and other influences that often arise spontaneously and without much conscious thought, but that profoundly shape individuals' performance and well-being at work. Rees's research examines (1) the antecedents and consequences of complex emotion-influenced experiences - including ambivalence and authenticity - for both individuals and groups, (2) voice habit, a new theoretical construct developed by Rees and her colleagues that proposes an automatic perspective of voice behavior, and (3) ethical and other implications of both complex and simple emotional experiences. She investigates outcomes based on these processes across levels, including decision accuracy and performance, cooperation, interpersonal perceptions and interactions, negotiation, collective emotion recognition and transformational leadership effectiveness, and citizenship behaviors, including voice.
She has authored and co-authored articles for a variety of top publications, including the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Annals, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Cognition and Emotion. She also has a chapter in the Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship.
Rees has served as an ad hoc reviewer for the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Management Inquiry, and Group Decision and Negotiation. She is currently a reviewer for the Managerial and Organizational Cognition Division for the Academy of Management Annual Meetings and for the International Association for Conflict Management's Annual Meetings.