Executive Education
Faculty

Cheryl Wakslak

Associate Professor of Management and Organization & McAlister Associate Professor in Business Administration

Cheryl Wakslak’s research focuses on how people interact with others across various forms of distance. Much of her recent research looks at communication, exploring when people use more “big-picture” abstract language versus more specific language, and how this influences the way they are perceived by others. Projects here focus especially on the role of gender, power, and perceptions of leadership and future potential. Cheryl is further interested in how these dynamics — and other communication signals — play out in the entrepreneurial space. She explores these interests using a variety of approaches, including experiments, field studies, and archival data analysis.

Programs for Organizations:

Custom Designed Curriculum in Design Thinking, Creativity and Problem-Solving

Articles & Research:

Jennifer Mueller, Cheryl Wakslak, Vish Krishnan (2014) “Construing creativity: The how and why of recognizing creative ideas,” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 51, 81-87.

Elinor Amit, Cheryl Wakslak, Yaacov Trope (2013) “The use of visual and verbal means of communication across psychological distance,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin  39, 43-56.

Articles & Research:

Jennifer Mueller, Cheryl Wakslak, Vish Krishnan (2014) “Construing creativity: The how and why of recognizing creative ideas,” Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 51, 81-87.

Articles & Research:

Elinor Amit, Cheryl Wakslak, Yaacov Trope (2013) “The use of visual and verbal means of communication across psychological distance,” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin  39, 43-56.

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