Lucy Gilson

Associate Dean of Faculty and Outreach

Director, Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference


Education/Professional Certification

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership; Women and Leadership
  • 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


Professor Gilson is 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.

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 on 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.’

Professor Gilson teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executives level students in the areas of Leadership, Managerial and Interpersonal Behavior, and Leading for Innovation and Change. She was awarded the UConn School of Business 2012 MBA Professor of the year award – she has been recognized as the MBA Management Professor of the year on multiple occasions. Professor Gilson was elected to the Executive Committee of the Organization Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Management.

Featured Publications – Refereed Journals

Litchfield, R., Gilson, L.L., & Gilson, P.W. (In Press). Creative Contributions: Toward a More Nuanced Approach. Group and Organization Management.

Gilson, L.L., Maynard, T., Vartiainen M., & Hakonen, M. (In Press). Virtual team research: Ten years, ten themes, and ten opportunities. Journal of Management.

Ferreira, C., Lopes, P., Gilson, L., Lourenço, R., & Pais, L. (In Press). Innovation processes and team effectiveness: The role of clarity and commitment to team objectives, and team affective tone. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Maynard, T., & Gilson, L.L. (2014). Shared Mental Model Development in Virtual Teams: The Impact of the Type of Technology Used. Group and Organization Management, 39, 3-32.

Gilson, L.L., Maynard, T., & Bergeil, E. B. (2013). Working in Virtual Teams: An Experiential Activity. Small Group Research, 44(4), 412-427.

Gilson, L.L., Lim, H.S., Luciano, M.M. & Choi, J.N. (2013). Unpacking the effects of tenure dissimilarity and diversity on individual creativity: A multi-level mediational model. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 86, 203-222.

** *2013 Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology Best Paper Award

Litchfield, R., & Gilson, L.L. (2013). Curating Collections of Ideas: Museum as Metaphor in the Management of Creativity. Industrial Marketing Management, 42, 106-112.

Gilson, L.L., Lim, H.S., D’Innocenzo, L., Moye. N. (2012). One Size Does Not Fit All: Managing for Radical and Incremental Creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior, 46, 169-193.

Maynard, T., Mathieu, J., Gilson, L.L., Boyle, E., & Cigularov, K. (2012). Drivers and Outcomes of Team Psychological Empowerment: A Meta-Analytic Review & Model Test. Organizational Psychology Review, 3(2), 101-131.

Maynard, T., Gilson, L.L., & Mathieu. J. (2012). Empowerment – Fad or Fab? A multilevel-review of the last decades of research. Journal of Management, 3, 1231-1281.

Maynard, T., Mathieu. J., Rapp, T., & Gilson, L.L. (2012). Something(s) old and something(s) new: Modeling drivers of global virtual team effectiveness. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33, 342-365.

Gilson, L.L. & Madjar, N. (2011). Radical and Incremental Creativity: Antecedents and Processes. The Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5, 21-28.

Shalley, C.E., Gilson, L.L., & Blum, T.C. (2009). Interactive Effects of Growth Need Strength, Work Context, and Job Complexity on Self-Reported Creative Performance. Academy of Management Journal, 52, 489-505.

Mathieu, J.E., Maynard, M.T., Rapp, T. L. & Gilson, L.L. (2008). Team Effectiveness 1997-2007: A review of recent advancements and a glimpse into the future. Journal of Management, 34; 410-476.

****2013 Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award

*****Reprinted in: Readings in organizational behavior. Wagner, John A., III (Ed.); Hollenbeck, John R. (Ed.);     New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2010. pp. 321-380

Mathieu, J.E., Maynard, M.T., Taylor, S., & Gilson, L.L. & Ruddy, T.M. (2007). An examination of the effects of organizational district and team contexts on team processes and performance: A meso-mediational model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28; 891-910.

Mathieu, J.E., Gilson, L.L., & Ruddy, T.M. (2006). Empowerment and team effectiveness: An empirical test of an integrated model. Journal of Applied Psychology, 91, 97-108.

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.

Ortiz-Walters, R. & Gilson, L.L. (2005). Mentoring in academia: An examination of the experiences of protégés of color. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 67: 459-475.

Gilson, L. L., Fedor, D. B., & Roth, J. L. (2005). What is fair and to whom? Fairness evaluations of socio-sexual behavior. Journal of Managerial Issues, 3: 293-309.

Martins, L.L., Gilson, L.L., & Maynard, M.T. (2004) Virtual teams: What do we know and where do we go from here? Journal of Management, 6: 805-835.

****2009 Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award

Gilson, L.L. & Shalley, C.E. (2004). A little creativity goes a long way: An examination of teams’ engagement in creative processes. Journal of Management, 30: 453-470.

Shalley, C.E. & Gilson, L.L. (2004). What leaders need to know: A review of social and contextual factors that can foster or hinder creativity. Leadership Quarterly, 15: 33-53.

Gilson, L.L., Shalley, C.E, & Blum, T.C. (2001). Team and organizational attitudes as a lens and mirror impacting customer satisfaction: An empirical test in self-managed teams. Journal of Quality Management, 6: 235-256.

Shalley, C.E., Gilson, L.L., & Blum, T.C. (2000). Matching creativity requirements and the work environment: Effects on Satisfaction and Intentions to leave. Academy of Management Journal, 43, 215-223.

Book Chapters

Gilson, L.L., Lim, H.S., Litchfield, R. & Gilson, P.W. (In Press) Creativity in Teams: Directions for Future Research. In C.E. Shalley, M. A. Hitt, & J. Zhou (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. New York: Oxford University Press.

Gilson, L.L. (In Press) Creativity and Innovation: The Importance of Creativity and Innovation to Teams in the Creative Industries. Oxford Handbook of the Creative Industries.

Gilson, L.L., Litchfield, R., & Gilson, P.W. (2014). An examination of the relationship between time and creativity. In A. Shipp, & Y. Fried (Eds) Time and Work: Current Issues in Work and Organizational Psychology. Psychology Press: New York, NY, 141-162.

Ortiz-Walters, R. & Gilson, L.L. (2013). Mentoring Programs for Under-Represented Groups. In Passmore, J., Person, D., & Ferira, T (Eds). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of The Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK: 266-282.

Mathieu, J.E., & Gilson, L.L. (2012). Critical issues and team effectiveness. In Kozlowski, S. J. W. (Ed). Oxford Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 910-930

Gilson, L.L. (2007). Why be creative: A review of the practical outcomes associated with creativity at the individual, group, and organizational levels. In C. Shalley & J. Zhou (Eds), Handbook of Organizational Creativity. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc, 303-322.

Lucy Gilson, Associate Dean of Faculty and Outreach
Contact Information
Phone+1 (860) 486-3504
Mailing AddressUnit 1041
Office LocationStorrs, BUSN 345
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