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Robin Ely
Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Harvard Business School

Robin Ely is Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community at Harvard Business School.  She conducts research on race and gender relations in organizations with a focus on organizational change, group dynamics, learning, conflict, power, and identity.  Her recent work includes a study of men and masculinity on offshore oil platforms, research on the impact of racial diversity on retail bank performance, and presently, a studies of women’s leadership development and of how gender roles limit women’s advancement in professional service firms. 

In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community, Professor Ely is heading a culture change initiative at Harvard Business School to ensure that all members of the HBS community are able to thrive and reach their potential for advancing the mission of the School.  She consults to a broad range of companies on similar kinds of diversity and inclusion initiatives and speaks on these topics in both national and international forums.  Professor Ely received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University and her A.B. from Smith College.  She is a member of the Academy of Management, has served on numerous editorial boards of academic journals, and is a past associate editor of Administrative Science Quarterly.