University of Pittsburgh
October 31, 2007

University of Pittsburgh Professor Carrie Leana Named 2007-08 Faculty Pioneer by the Aspen Institute

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PITTSBURGH—Carrie Leana, the George H. Love Professor of Organizations and Management in Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business, was recently named a faculty pioneer in the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education's Academic Leadership Award category. This international award is given for demonstrated leadership in integrating social impact and/or environmental management topics into business school courses and curriculum, as well as for generating cutting-edge scholarship with a focus on social impact and/or environmental management.

Leana's research area is organizational behavior with a focus on the issues of employment relations, authority structures at work, and social capital. Her research is field-based and has been conducted in such settings as steel mills, insurance claims offices, police departments, and labor unions. She has published more than 70 articles and several books, including "Relational Wealth: The Advantages of Stability in a Changing Economy" (Oxford University Press, 2000) and "Coping with Job Loss: How Individuals, Organizations, and Communities Respond to Layoffs" (Lexington Books, 1992). Her current research projects include an investigation of human and social capital in the New York City public schools and several studies aimed on improving the effectiveness and work climate in nursing homes and childcare centers.

Leana's research has been recently funded by the National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Heinz Endowments, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Current editorial board appointments include the "Academy of Management Review,""Organization Science,""the Journal of Organizational Behavior," "the International Public Management Journal," and "Perspectives on Work." In 2007, she received the Sloan Foundation's Best Paper Prize in Industry Studies, and in 2001-02 she was awarded the Viterbo Distinguished Chair by the U.S. Fulbright Commission. She currently cochairs the Work and Employment track of the Labor and Employment Research Association, and was recently elected to a five-year term as OB Division Chair for the Academy of Management.

Leana is active in community affairs, serves on several nonprofit boards, and received the Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of her community service in 2003.