Rohit Piplani

Ph.D. Candidate

Management &



MS, Massey University, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management 

Master of Business Management, University of Waikato

Research Interests

  • Intra-Organizational Social Networks
  • Employee Creativity & Innovation
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Team Dynamics


Rohit Piplani is a Ph.D. candidate in Management & Entrepreneurship at the University of Connecticut with a concentration in Organizational Behavior. He earned his MS in Organizational Behavior & HRM from Massey University, New Zealand, and his Master of Business Management from the University of Waikato, NZ. In his research, he adopts a social network perspective to explore the influence of network characteristics and behaviors on individual, dyadic, and team-level outcomes. His dissertation uses a three-study, multimethod approach to investigate the affective and relational consequences of network brokering behaviors in the workplace. He has conducted field research and consulted with a number of large corporations and small nonprofit organizations. His work has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. He is also the recipient of SIOP’s 2024 Mary L. Tenopyr Graduate Student Dissertation Award. 

Links: My Google Scholar Page; UConn Husky Pack Website

Published Work

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Grosser, T. J., Sterling, C. M., & Piplani, R. S. (2023). Energized people in prominent places: Political support networks, relational energy, and employee innovation implementation. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 44(8), 1145-1163. 

Grosser, T. J., Sterling, C. M., Piplani, R. S., Cullen-Lester, K., & Floyd, T. M. (2023). A social network perspective on workplace inclusion: The role of network closure, network centrality, and need for affiliation. Human Resource Management, 62, 477-490

Peer-Reviewed Proceedings:

Piplani, R., Grosser, T.J., Lopez-Kidwell, G., Dineen, B.R., & Borgatti, S.P. (2022). The effect of team co-membership change on change in interpersonal affect in the workplace. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.

Contact Information
Phone+1 (860) 486-2317
Office LocationBUSN - 404 I
CampusStorrs, CT