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Terry faculty recognized for leadership research

Management and economics professors granted ILA Research Scholar Awards to help further understanding of leadership
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 12:32pm
Merritt Melancon
Daniel Gamache, Joanna Lin, Fadel Matta, Ian Schmutte

Effective leadership impacts every part of an organization, but there is still plenty to learn about what makes leaders effective, or even what effectiveness looks like.

The University of Georgia’s Institute of Leadership Advancement recently announced the inaugural winners of the ILA Research Scholar Awards, a competitive research funding program designed to foster the study of leadership.

The ILA Research Awards are open to faculty throughout the Terry College and provide up to $2,000 a year in research funding for two years. The grants promote research agendas providing a new understanding of leadership effectiveness.

“The Terry College of Business has some of the most prolific and distinguished leadership researchers in the world,” said Laura Little, ILA director and an associate professor of management. “Given our mission of developing values-based, impact-driven leaders, it seems a natural fit for ILA to help support them as they continue their important research.”

This year’s ILA Research Scholar Award winners include:

Daniel Gamache, associate professor of management, pictured top left 

Gamache’s research focuses on the characteristics of CEOs and other top leaders, exploring how differences in executive characteristics and cognitions affect behavior and organizational outcomes.

Szu-Han (Joanna) Lin, assistant professor of management, pictured top right 

Lin studies leadership through the lens of motivation and self-regulation. She also explores how various leader behaviors influence male and female leaders.

Fadel Matta, associate professor of management, pictured bottom left 

Matta studies leader-member exchange, where leaders impact employees and employees impact leaders. He also studies perceptions of organizational justice and how those perceptions affect an organization’s effectiveness.

Ian Schmutte, associate professor of economics, pictured bottom right

Schmutte’s research focuses on how leaders respond to changes in the labor market and labor force. He also studies the way management structure affects organizational justice and racial disparities.

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