Lucy L. Gilson

Associate Dean of Faculty and Outreach

Director, Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference


Education/Professional Certification

  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MSM., Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Georgetown University; School of Foreign Service

Areas of Expertise

  • Creativity at the individual and team levels – creativity and outcomes
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Virtual Teams: What makes them effective and how should they be managed
  • Leading for Innovation and Change
  • Leadership; Women and Leadership


Professor Gilson is the Associate Dean for Faculty & Outreach and serves as the Faculty Director for the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference, the faculty advisor to the UConn women’s MBA association, a visiting Scholar at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Lisbon), and the Senior Associate Editor of Group and Organization Management. In 2019 she was names by the Web of Science Group as one of the world’s most highly-cited researchers.

Her research focuses on creativity, virtual teams, and team effectiveness; in particular she is interested in examining teams in different organizational settings performing a diverse range of jobs. Specifically, she studies how creativity, employee empowerment, diversity, fairness issues, leadership, and virtual communication influence team effectiveness. Her research has been published in many of the top management and psychology journals; Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, Small Group Research. In addition, Professor Gilson has provided consulting expertise to many multinational companies, state and national agencies in the areas of leadership, virtual teams, managing change, and leading for creativity. She has given several invited keynote presentations on ‘Women and Leadership’ and ‘Leading for Creativity and Change.’

Administrative Experience

August 2019 – Current   Associate Dean for Faculty & Outreach

August 2015 – 2019       Management Department Head

April 2012– Present      Academic Director: Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference

August 2014 – Current  Senior Associate Editor: Group & Organization Management

August 2007 – 2012      Management Department PhD Program Coordinator

Featured Publications

Maynard, T., Rapp, T.L., Mathieu, J., & Gilson, L.L. (In Press). Team Leader Coaching Intervention: An Investigation of the Impact on Team Processes and Performance within a Surgical Context.” Journal of Applied Psychology.

Maynard, T., Mathieu, J., Gilson, L.L., Sanchez, D., & Dean, M. (2019). Do I Really Know You and Does It Matter? Unpacking the Relationship between Familiarity and Information Elaboration in Global Virtual Teams. Group and Organization Management, 44(1), 3- 37.

Shalley, C.E. & Gilson, L.L., (2017). Creativity and the management of technology: Balancing creativity and standardization. Production and Operation Management (POM) Journal, 26(4), 605-616.

Litchfield, R., Gilson, L.L., & Gilson, P.W. (2015). Creative Contributions: Toward a More Nuanced Approach. Group and Organization Management, 40(2), 238-265.

Gilson, L.L., Maynard, T., Jones-Young, N., Vartiainen M., & Hakonen, M. (2015). Virtual teams research: Ten years, ten themes, and ten opportunities. Journal of Management, 41(5), 1313-1337.

Gilson, L.L., Mathieu, J.E., Shalley, C.E., & Ruddy, T.M. (2005). Creativity and standardization: complementary or conflicting drivers of team effectiveness. Academy of Management Journal, 48: 521-531.

Lucy Gilson, Associate Dean of Faculty and Outreach
Contact Information
Phone+1 (860) 486-3504
Mailing AddressUnit 1041
Office LocationStorrs, BUSN 310
CampusStorrs and GBLC
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