CCL uses the best available research from around the world to inform our curriculum and develop pedagogical innovations. The Science Advisory Council (SAC) reviews and provides high-level advice on CCL research strategies and directions.

The members of our Science Advisory Council are world-class scientists who provide CCL with peer review and scientific counsel about the latest developments related to leadership.

2020–2021 Members:

Dr. Michele Gelfand

A Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gelfand uses field, experimental, computational, and neuroscience methods to understand the evolution of culture–as well as its multilevel consequences for human groups. Her work has been cited over 20,000 times and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston GlobeNational Public RadioVoice of AmericaFox NewsNBC NewsABC NewsThe EconomistDe Standard, among other outlets.

She has received over 13 million dollars in research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the FBI.  Author of the best-selling book Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World (Scribner, 2018), she has received several awards, such as the 2017 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Diener Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Annaliese Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Dr. Charles Heckscher

A Distinguished Professor at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, and the Director of the university’s Center for the Study of Collaboration in Work and Society. His research focuses on organizational change and its consequences for employees and unions, on the possibilities for more collaborative and democratic forms of work, and on the challenge of rebuilding trust in societal institutions.

Heckscher’s books explore the future of the labor movement (The New Unionism), the changing approaches of corporate management (The Post-Bureaucratic Organization, The Firm as a Collaborative Community), the effects of downsizing and restructuring on employee loyalty (White-Collar Blues), the process of improving stakeholder relations (Agents of Change), and the decline and potential revival of societal trust (Trust in a Complex World). He is the winner of the 2016 George R. Terry Book Award, Academy of Management, for Trust in a Complex World: awarded for “the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the global advancement of management knowledge during the last two years.”

Dr. Eden King

A Distinguished Associate Professor of Industrial-Organizational (IO) Psychology at Rice University. Dr. King’s program of research seeks to guide the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations. Her research addresses three primary themes: 1) current manifestations of discrimination and barriers to work-life balance in organizations, 2) consequences of such challenges for its targets and their workplaces, and 3) individual and organizational strategies for reducing discrimination and increasing support for families.

Her work has yielded over 100 scholarly publications and has been featured in the New York Times, Good Morning America, and the Harvard Business Review. She is currently a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Management and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology. In addition to her scholarship, Dr. King has consulted on projects related to diversity training programs, climate initiatives, and selection systems.