Katherine joined Columbia Business School in 2011 and quickly assumed leadership roles working with faculty members and students on many different curricular and cultural issues. She rose to the position of Senior Vice Dean of the Columbia Business School and served in that role from 2014 to 2017.
Before joining Columbia Business School, she served as Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and Co-Director and Founder of Northwestern’s Center on the Science of Diversity. She has also been a Visiting Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences.
Her work addresses the main questions of what is the value of diversity and what are the barriers that prevent society, organizations and especially work teams from capturing the knowledge, perspectives and unique backgrounds of every member? As organizations and society become increasingly diverse, developing a more sophisticated understanding of intergroup relations and the myriad of processes that interfere with capturing the value that diversity can bring to the table, is essential for the continued growth of organizations. Katherine’s recent interests tackle issues around the intersection of race and gender stereotypes, the relationship between diversity and perceptions of morality, and insights on how homogeneity affects group processes just as much as diversity itself.
Katherine Phillips is the recipient of numerous professional awards, including top awards and recognition from the International Association of Conflict Management, the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Excellence in Work-Family Research Award, and the Gender, Diversity and Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. Prof. Phillips is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine.com, Fortune.com, Working Women, The Globe and Mail, and The Mint. In 2011 Poets and Quants named Professor Phillips one of the Top 40 Business School Professors Under the Age of 40.
Katherine Phillips received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Her bachelors degree is in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.