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Serena Golchereh Sohrab

Serena Golchereh Sohrab
PhD

Assistant Professor

Organizational Behaviour and HR

Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Contact information

Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) - Room 2083
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 5536

serena.sohrab@uoit.ca


Research topics

  • group and team dynamics
  • team adaptation to complex and dynamic situations
  • team information processing and decision making
  • temporal patterns of team interactions
  • diversity management

Areas of expertise

  • team dynamics
  • management of diversity in organizations
  • gender equality
  • change management
  • organization development
  • people management

Background

Dr. Serena Sohrab holds a PhD in Organizational Behaviour with a focus on team dynamics from Schulich School of Business at York University. Her current research explores team dynamics and interaction patterns that enable groups and teams to effectively navigate the complex and fast-paced environments and respond effectively to non-routine events. In addition to this line of research, she is interested in enhancing gender equality in organizations, and studies practical solutions that contribute to the economic advancement of women. She has taught at both MBA and undergraduate levels at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology as well as the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Education

  • PhD in Organizational Behaviour Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • Master of Business Administration Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Courses taught

  • Managing Team Dynamics (MBA) - Schulich School of Business, York University
  • The Management of Change (Bachelor of Commerce) - FBIT, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Developing Management Skills (Bachelor of Commerce) – FBIT, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Recruitment and Selection (Bachelor of Commerce) – FBIT, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Behavioural Components of Organizations (Bachelor of Business Administration) - Schulich School of Business, York University

Research and expertise

  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($40,000), 2009.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Government of Ontario ($15,000), 2009 (recipient, but not accepted).
  • Doctoral Research Award for the Study of Women in Management, Schulich School of Business ($1,000), 2008-2009.
  • Schulich Entrance Scholarship of Merit, Schulich School of Business, awarded to a selected number of entering students based on academic excellence ($12,100), 2007.
  • Scholarship to attend Advanced VLSI Design Techniques Course, ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy) ($5,000), 2002.

Involvement

  • Selected publications
    • Sohrab, S. G. & Karambayya, R. (2016). Women in Management in Iran. In A. M. Richardsen, & R. J. Burke (Eds.), Women in Management Worldwide: Progress and Prospects, 3rd ed., Abingdon, UK: Routledge Publishing.
    • Sohrab, S. G., Waller, M. J., & Kaplan, S. (2015). Exploring the Hidden Profile Paradigm: A Literature Review and Analysis, Small Group Research, 46(5): 489-535.
    • Waller, M.J., Sohrab, G., & Ma, B. (2013). Beyond 12 Angry Men: Thin-Slicing Film to Illustrate Emergent Team Dynamics, Small Group Research, 44(4): 446-465.
    • Sohrab, G., Karambayya, R., & Burke, R. J. (2011). Women in Management in Canada. In M. J. Davidson, & R. J. Burke (Eds.), Women in Management Worldwide: Progress and Prospects, 2nd ed.: 165-181. Surrey, UK: Gower Publishing. (The book has received a 'highly recommended' review in Choice magazine.)
    • Sohrab, G. The Interplay between Institutional Forces and Organizational Identity, Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC), 2009 Annual Meeting Proceedings, Niagara Falls, Canada.
  • Presentations

    Professional development workshops

    • McLeod, P. L., Schreiber, L., Sohrab, S.G., & Waller, M.J. (Alphabetical order) Experiential Approaches to Teaching about Small Groups, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), 2015 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    • Waller, M.J., Sohrab, G., & Ma, B. Pedagogical Insights for Teaching Teamwork. Academy of Management (AOM), 2013 Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.

    Executive training

    • Waller, M. J. & Sohrab, S. G. Jury Dynamics and Best Practices, Ontario Arts Council, January 2016, Toronto, Canada.
    • Sohrab, S. G. How to Build High-Performing Teams, Sharif School of Entrepreneurship, December 2015, Tehran, Iran.

    Refereed conference presentations

    • Lehmann-Willenbrock, N., Kennedy, D. M., Meinecke, A. L., Sohrab, S. G., Kauffeld, S., Knight, A. P., & Waller, M. J. New Methods for Analyzing Group Interactions: A Multidisciplinary Symposium, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), 2016 Annual Meeting, Helsinki, Finland.
    • Sohrab, S. G., Tasa, K., & Waller, M. J. Leadership Style and Team Adaptation to Loss of the Leader, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), 2015 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.
    • Sohrab, G., & Waller, M. J. Team Interaction under Asymmetric Information Distribution Conditions, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), 2014 Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.
    • Sohrab, G., & Waller, M. J. How to Use Flexible Phase Mapping Technique to Analyze Temporal Patterns of Team Interactions, Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), 2014 Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.
    • Sohrab, G.   Patterns of Team Information Processing in Times of Crisis. Academy of Management (AOM), 2012 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
    • Sohrab, G., & Waller, M.J. Team Adaptation to Nonroutine Events: A Social Identity Perspective. Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), 2012 Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
    • Sohrab, G. The Input-Mediator-Outcome Framework as a Lens of Understanding Hidden Profile Paradigm: A Literature Review. Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), 2011 Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN.
    • Sohrab, G. Team Identity and Adaptive Group Responses to Non-routine Events. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), 2011 Meeting, Maastricht, the Netherlands. 

    Invited presentations

    • Sohrab, S. G. (2017). Lead Like a Woman. Women in Business, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada.
    • Sohrab, S. G. (2016). Winning Body Language. University Communicators Connect Network, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada.
    • Sohrab, S. G. (2016). Enhancing Decision Making in Your Teams. Niavaran Institute, Tehran, Iran.
    • Sohrab, S. G. Team Decision Making under Asymmetric Information Distribution Conditions. Academic and Research Section of the International Management Conference, 2015 Annual Meeting, Tehran, Iran.
    • Sohrab, S.G. Improve Team Decision Making (Professional Development Workshop). Applied Section of the International Management Conference, 2015 Annual Meeting, Tehran, Iran.
    • Sohrab, G. How to Enhance Decision Making in Your Teams. Applied Section of the International Management Conference, 2014 Annual Meeting, Tehran, Iran.
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