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Sarah Kovoor-Misra, Associate Professor of Management

Education

  • PhD, University of Southern California

Courses Taught

  • Leading Individuals & Teams
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Crisis Management
  • The Rise of India in the Global Economy

Areas of Expertise

  • Crisis Management
  • Developing Leadership Skills
  • Change Management
  • Team design and Management
  • Developing Interpersonal and Self-Management Skills

Professional Experience

Academic

  • Associate Professor of Management, The Business School, University of Colorado at Denver, 2000-present
  • MBA Program Director, the Business School, University of Colorado at Denver, 2002-2005
  • Invited Faculty, ESA, (Business School), Pierre Mendes University, Grenoble, France, 2002- 2004
  • Assistant Professor of Management, The Business School, University of Colorado at Denver, 1991-2000
  • Research Associate, Center for Crisis Management, School of Business, University of Southern California, 1989-1991

Selected Consulting Experience

  • Consulted with some leading Fortune 500 companies, other private, public and non-profit organizations on crisis management, leadership development, managing organizational identity, and managing change.

Recognition and Honors

  • Elected to the Western Academy of Management Executive Committee as Communications Officer (2013).
  • The article, Kovoor-Misra, S. & Smith, M. (2011), Artifacts, identification and support for change after an acquisition. Leadership  & Organization Development Journal, 32 (6):584-604, received an  Outstanding Paper Award from the Emerald Literati Network for the best  paper published in the Leadership and Organization Development Journal in 2011.
  • Quoted by Victoria Griffith in the article 'Crisis Management, Post Toyota.' The Korn Ferry Institute Briefings on Talent & Leadership, issue 3, (2010).
  • Acknowledged as one of the scholars who has contributed to advancing the field of crisis management in the preface of the book Crisis Management in the New Strategy Landscape (2009) by W.R. Crandall, J.A. Parnell & J.E. Spillan (Sage Publications).
  • Acknowledged as one of 'the most important scholars currently writing in the field' of crisis management by Tony Jacques (2009) in his book review of the International Handbook of Organizational Crisis Management. (Eds.) C.M. Pearson, Roux-Dufort & J.A. Clair.
  • MBA Program Director (2002-2005), Business School, University of Colorado Denver.
  • The article, Siegel, G., Clayton, R., & Kovoor, S. "Modeling Interorganizational Effectiveness," Public Productivity & Management Review, (1990) Spring: 215-222, was selected as one of the best papers published between 1985-1993 in the journal.

Selected Publications

  • Kovoor-Misra, S & Olk, P. (In-press). "Leader Culpability, Hopelessness, and Learning During Organizational Crises". Leadership and Organization Development Journal.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. (2012). "Academic decathletes: Insights from the metaphor and an exemplar". Journal of Management Inquiry, 21(3): 279-286.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. & Smith, M. (2011). "Artifacts, identification and support for change after an acquisition". Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 32 (6):584-604.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. (2009). "Understanding perceived organizational identity during crisis and change: A threat/opportunity framework". Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22(5): 494-510.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. & Smith, M. (2008). "In the aftermath of an acquisition: Triggers and effects on perceived organizational identity". Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 44.4: 422-444.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. & Misra, M. (2007). "Understanding and managing crises in an online world". In International Handbook of Organizational Crisis Management. (Eds.) C.M. Pearson, Roux-Dufort, J.A. Clair, Pg. 85-103. Sage Publications.
  • Nathan, M, & Kovoor-Misra, S. (2002). "No pain, yet gain: Vicarious learning from crises in an interorganizational field". Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 38 (2): 245-266.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. (2002). "Boxed-in: Top managers' propensities during crisis issue diagnosis".  Technological Forecasting and Social Change, (69): 803-817.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S, Clair, J.A. &  Bettenhausen, K.L.( 2001). "Clarifying the attributes of organizational crises". Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 67: 77-91.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. & Nathan, M. (2000). "Timing is everything: The optimal time to learn from crises". Review of Business, 21 (3): 31-36.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S, Zammuto, R., & Mitroff.I.I. (2000). "Crisis preparation in organizations: Prescription versus reality". Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 63 (1): 43-62.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. & Nathan, M. (1999). "Crisis causation re-framed". Central Business Review, 18 (2):29-35.
  • Fiol, M.C. & Kovoor-Misra, S. (1997). "Two-way mirroring: Identity and reputation when things go wrong". Corporate Reputation Review, Summer/Fall: 147-151.
  • Pearson, C., Clair, J., Kovoor-Misra, S. & Mitroff, I.I.(1997). "Managing the unthinkable". Organizational Dynamics, Autumn: 51-64.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. (1996). "Moving towards crisis preparedness: Factors that motivate organizations". Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 53: 69-183.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. & Mitroff, I.I. (1996). "The effects of emotion & politics on field research on organizational crises". Industrial and Environmental Crisis Quarterly, 9 (4): 543-563.
  • Kovoor-Misra, S. (1995). "A multidimensional approach to crisis preparation for technical organizations: Some critical factors". Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 48:143-160.
  • Siegel, G., Clayton, R., & Kovoor, S. 1990. "Modeling Interorganizational Effectiveness". Public Productivity & Management Review, Spring: 215-222.

Recent Presentations and Conference Participation

  • Session Chair and Discussant, (2014) Western Academy of Management Conference, Napa Valley, CA
  • Track Co-Chair, Comparative Management Track, (2013), Eastern Academy of Management International Conference, Seville, Spain.
  • Facilitator, (2013), Eastern Academy of Management International Conference, Seville, Spain.
  • Co-Organizer, Mid Career Consortium (2012), Western Academy of Management Conference, La Jolla, CA.
  • Managing self & building goodwill in the heat of a crisis, (2011), Speaker at the Council on Corporate Communications Strategy II meetings organized by the Conference Board and Coors Molson, Denver.
  • Track Co-Chair, Comparative Management and Policy Track, (2011), Eastern Academy of Management International Conference, Bangalore, India.
  • Session Facilitator (2011), Eastern Academy of Management International Conference, Bangalore, India.
  • Artifacts, Identification & Attitudes to Change after an Acquisition (2010). (With Marlene Smith). Paper presented at the Western Academy of Management Conference, Kona, Hawaii.
  • Session Chair (2010), Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
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