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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!

Featured Contributors

Dr. Kevin Rockmann, Founder

Professor of Management

School of Business

George Mason University

Personal Website

Dr. Jessica Methot

Associate Professor of HRM

School of Management and Labor Relations

Rutgers University

Personal Website

Dr. Wendy Murphy

Professor of Management
Babson College

Personal Website


Dr. Amy Colbert

Leonard A. Hadley Chair in Leadership
Professor and Dept Executive Officer

Department of Management & Organizations
Tippie College of Business

University of Iowa

Personal Website

Dr. Shasa Dobrow Riza

Assistant Professor of Management

The London School of Economics and
Political Science

Personal Website

Dr. Jane Dutton

Robert L. Kahn Distinguished

University Professor Emerita of Business
Administration and Psychology

Ross School of Business

University of Michigan

Personal Website

Dr. Alexandra Gerbasi

Professor of Leadership
University of Exeter

Personal Website

Dr. Beth Humberd

Assistant Professor of Management
Manning School of Business, UMass-Lowell

Personal Website

Dr. Kathy Kram

R.C. Shipley Professor in Management, Emerita

Questrom School of Business

Boston University

Personal Website

Dr. Mandy O'Neill

Associate Professor of Management

School of Business
George Mason University

Personal Website

Dr. Bess Rouse

Associate Professor of Management and


Carroll School of Management

Boston College

Dr. John Paul Stephens

Associate Professor, Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University

Personal Website

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If you are interested in contributing to WorkTies, please contact us at for more information.

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