Kathy Kram

Richard C. Shipley Professor in Management, Organizational Behavior

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Ph D, Yale University, Organizational Psychology, 1980.
M. Phil, Yale University, Organizational Behavior, 1978.
MA, Yale University, Organizational Behavior, 1976.
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Behavioral Sciences and Management, 1973.
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Behavioral Sciences and Management, 1972.

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Professor Kram is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar. Her primary interests are in adult development, mentoring, developmental networks, leadership development, and relational learning in organizations. In addition to her book, Mentoring at Work, she has published in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management… Read more

Professor Kram is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar. Her primary interests are in adult development, mentoring, developmental networks, leadership development, and relational learning in organizations. In addition to her book, Mentoring at Work, she has published in such journals as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Leaders in Action, Qualitative Sociology, Journal of Management Inquiry and Organizational Dynamics. Her research, consulting, and writing are aimed at understanding the role of a variety of developmental relationships in enhancing leadership effectiveness and individual development throughout the life course. During 2000-2001, she served as the H. Smith Richardson, Jr. Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Creative Leadership. She is a founding member of the Center for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO), and received the first Academy of Management Mentoring Legacy Award. She is currently serving on the Board of Governors at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), and on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and Academy of Management Learning and Education. Professor Kram teaches undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA courses in Global Management, Leadership, and Team Dynamics. She consults with private and public sector organizations on a variety of talent development concerns.

 

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    • What to do when a mentor blocks your career

      January 4, 2016

      Financial Times (subscription required) Kathy Kram, Questrom School of Business Too many bosses are failing to pull up the promising people below, says Herminia Ibarra… View full article quoting expert Kathy Kram

    • Mentors vs. Peers: Who’s Better For Growing Your Business?

      September 2, 2014

      Inc. Kathy Kram, School of Management It turns out, struggling peers–rather than sage mentors–are oftentimes the best people for developing your business. Here’s why, and how you can surround yourself with the right advisers… View full article referencing expert Kathy Kram

    • New book on workplace mentoring has implications for youth

      August 30, 2014

      The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring Kathy Kram, School of Management Boston University Professor Kathy Kram and Wendy Murphy, associate professor of management at Babson College, have published a new book titled Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life (McGraw-Hill)… View full article referencing expert Kathy Kram

    • How to Break Up with Your Mentor

      May 29, 2014

      Harvard Business Review “HBR Blog Network” Kathy Kram, School of Management Having a great mentor can do wonders for your professional development and career. But even the best mentoring relationships can run their course or become ineffective… Expert quote: “If in order to grow, it’s necessary to move on, don’t hesitate to break it off.” […]

    • For Mary Barra, ascent to top of GM started on the factory floor

      December 10, 2013

      Christian Science Monitor Kathy Kram, School of Management In taking the helm of General Motors on Tuesday, Mary Barra becomes the first woman to serve as chief executive officer of a major automotive company, a sign that corporate boards and investors increasingly see leaders’ gender as a nonissue and gender diversity perhaps even as an asset… Expert […]

    • Don’t fret ‘excessive scrutiny’ of Mary Barra; She certainly won’t

      December 10, 2013

      Forbes Kathy Kram, School of Management In the wake of General Motors’ succession announcement today, surely we’ll get a week or so of auto-industry coverage that will carry a strong strain like this:… Expert quote: “I do hope that Barra doesn’t fall prey to excessive scrutiny – as did Carly Fiorina [as CEO of Hewlett-Packard] […]

    • Mary Barra’s Ascension To GM CEO Is Surprise Only In Accelerated Timing

      December 10, 2013

      BrandChannel Kathy Kram, School of Management General Motors is busting out all over into a new future… Expert quote: “I do hope that Barra doesn’t fall prey to excessive scrutiny — as did Carly Fiorina [as chief of Hewlett-Packard] — because she is so visible as the first female CEO of GM. That would not […]

    • Sudden illness sped up GM’s executive shuffle, Barra’s CEO promotion

      December 10, 2013

      Los Angeles Times Kathy Kram, School of Management The sudden illness of Karin Akerson, the wife of General Motors Co. Chief Executive Dan Akerson, sped up the naming of a new top executive at the nation’s largest automaker… Expert quote: “I am glad to see it happening a bit more often, but not yet often enough.” View […]

    • 3 Ways to Develop Your People Without Overwhelming Yourself

      January 29, 2013

      Forbes Kathy Kram, School of Management Senior leaders consistently report that they don’t have enough time for mentoring and developing others… View article

    • Work on getting more from your mentors: Super-size

      October 19, 2012

      Chicago Tribune Kathy Kram, School of Management To find a job, you need to network… View article

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