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The science of relationships at work

Our Mission

We are a group of scholars dedicated to studying the problems of creating and maintaining high quality connections in organizations.  The name comes from Jane Dutton and Emily Heaphy's 2003 chapter, in which they describe high quality connections as those having the ability to "literally and figuratively enliven people" at work. The goals of the site are as follows: 

  • To Aggregate insights about high quality connections in organizations for the manager or employee interested in improving relationships at work.  

  • To Disseminate knowledge about research relating to high quality connections and how such research can be beneficial to managers and employees alike.  

  • To Comment on real-world problems of managing high quality connections at work;
    showing "theory in action." 


We hope you enjoy the site and are able to create your own high quality connections!


Dr. Kevin Rockmann, Co-Founder

Professor of Management

School of Business

George Mason University

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Dr. Jessica Methot, Co-Founder

Associate Professor of HRM

School of Management and Labor Relations

Rutgers University

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Dr. Amy E. Colbert

Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

The University of Iowa




Dr. Shoshana Dobrow

Associate Professor of Management

London School of Economics and Political Science

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Dr. Jane E. Dutton

Distinguished Professor 

of Business Administration and Psychology

University of Michigan

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Dr. Alexandra Gerbasi

Professor, Dean of the University

University of Exeter

Dr. Beth Humberd

Associate Professor of Management

UMass Lowell

Dr. Kathy Kram

Associate Professor of Management

Boston University

Dr. Wendy Murphy

Professor of Management
Babson College

Dr. Mandy O’Neill

Associate Professor of Management

George Mason University

Dr. Elizabeth (Bess) Rouse

Associate Professor of Management

Boston College




Dr. John Paul Stephens

Associate Professor

Case Western Reserve University




Dr. Roman Terekhin

Professorial Lecturer

George Washington University

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