Professor Emeritus  Ph.D. Ohio State University

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. Ohio State University

Karen Lyness

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Dr. Lyness conducts research on women in leadership positions, work-life balance, “glass ceiling” barriers related to women’s advancement, cross-cultural issues, racial/ethnic groups, organizational culture, careers, and other aspects of workforce diversity and inclusion. Her current research focuses on women and people of color in leadership positions, intersections of multiple identities, stereotypes and bias, work-life balance, and contemporary career challenges. Also, she and her students study the effects of cross-cultural values, and other aspects of national, organizational, and occupational contexts that are relevant for understanding diversity/inclusion, careers, and work-life issues. Her research has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, American Sociological Review, Personnel Psychology, Applied Psychology:  An International Review, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Vocational Behavior. Four of her articles have been among the finalists for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The quality and impact of Dr. Lyness’s research have been recognized with five major professional awards: Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Fellow of the Society for the Psychology of Women, and the Sage Award for Scholarly Contributions to Gender and Diversity in Organizations from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the national Academy of Management.

Representative Publications and Presentations:

Lyness, K. S. (2018). Women and Leadership in the United States: Why Do the Gender Gaps Persist? Presentation in the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) Research Seminar Series, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Lyness, K. S., & Grotto, A. R. (2018). Women and leadership in the United States: Are we closing the gender gap? Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 5, 227-265. doi:10.1146/annurev-orgpsych-032117-104739

Lyness, K. S., Gornick, J. C., Stone, P., & Grotto, A. R. (2012). It’s all about control: Worker control over schedule and hours in cross-national context. American Sociological Review, 77, 1023-1049. doi: 10.1177/0003122412465331

Lyness, K. S., & Judiesch, M. K. (2008). Can a manager have a life and a career? International and multisource perspectives on work-life balance and career advancement potential.  Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 789-805. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.93.4.789

Lyness, K. S., & Heilman, M. E. (2006). When fit is fundamental: performance evaluations and promotions of upper-level female and male managers. . Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 777-785. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.91.4.777

Lyness, K. S., & Thompson, D. E. (2000). Climbing the corporate ladder: Do female and male executives follow the same route? Journal of Applied Psychology, 85, 86-101. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.85.1.86