Cristina B. Gibson

Affiliate Research Scientist

Cristina B. Gibson is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Management for the Graziadio Business School at Pepperdine University.

Cristina previously held the position of the Woodside Endowed Chair in Leadership and Management at the University of Western Australia School of Business. Her expertise is at the nexus of organizational science, international management, and cross-cultural psychology.

Cristina’s research and teaching addresses the manner in which culture, organizational structures, and technology serve as key influences on shared use of information and knowledge, and she has demonstrated that such processes are critical for subsequent behavioural and organizational outcomes, including innovation and collaboration. Dispelling conventional assumptions that collaborative phenomena operate the same way across contexts, her work identifies intercultural variations, impacts of geographical dispersion, and technology factors that are important in gaining a full understanding of how to increase the effectiveness of collaborations.
Cristina strives for real world impact. For three consecutive years she has been awarded the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Distinction, indicating that she is among the top 1% in the world in terms of impact in the fields of Economic and Business based on citation counts. This award is an honour reserved for only 95 academics in this discipline across the world.

Cristina was recently selected as the recipient of the 2018 Humanitarian Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 14, Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology) based upon her application of industrial organizational psychology towards an initiative that has reached hundreds of lives in both Australia’s business and indigenous communities. To improve the impact and efficacy of corporate social programs, she pioneered an approach that involved collaboration between academia, corporations, and Jawun, a non-profit aiding indigenous organizations. She employed novel practical techniques, working inside the indigenous communities and alongside corporate volunteers, as well as implementing a longitudinal multi-method research design. This effort has provided concrete evidence of the social impact of a collaborative process for intercultural competency building and community development, involving hundreds of corporate volunteers, partnerships with major multinational corporations and has supported indigenous communities across Australia

Cristina’s other work has informed organizational policy, structure, training and development agendas improving operational efficiency, innovation, resource allocation, and well-being, in non-profits, entrepreneurial firms, and large multinationals such as IBM, HP, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, Alcoa, Qantas and Westpac, across over 20 countries.

Recent Research

Building an Ambidextrous Organization

Julian Birkinshaw (London Business School) and Cristina Gibson (UC Irvine) state that the technological downturn, political turmoil and economic uncertainty of the last five years have reaffirmed to managers the importance of adaptability – the ability to move quickly towards new opportunities, to adjust to volatile markets, and to avoid complacency.

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Building Trust: Effective Multi-Cultural Communication Process in Virtual Teams

Cristina B. Gibson and Jennifer A. Manuel share that collective trust is a crucial element of virtual team functioning. Collective trust can be defined as a shared psychological state in a team that is characterized by an acceptance of vulnerability based on expectations of intentions or behaviors of others within the team.

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Work-Team Performance Motivated by Collective Thought: The Structure and Function

In this article, Cristina B. Gibson and Christopher Earley extend extant theory and develop a motivational model of group efficacy that integrates function with structural features including collective origins, collective construction, identifiable characteristics, and recursive relationships.

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The Efficacy Advantage: Factors Related to the Formation of Group Efficacy

Extending previous research investigating factors related to the formation of group efficacy, this research by Cristina B. Gibson examined predictors across cultures and groups of various types.

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Time Flies Like an Arrow: Tracing Antecedents and Consequences of Temporal Elements of Organizational Culture

Cristina B. Gibson, Mary E. Zellmer-Bruhn, and Ramon J. Aldag examine how time has recently become a more central focus in management research and practice. Time to market has become a critical issue in many industries, with ever shortening new product development times.

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