Jennifer Mueller

Affiliate Research Scientist

Jennifer S. Mueller is an Associate Professor of Management at the University of San Diego. She has her PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University and studies creativity, leadership and teams. Her work reveals the implicit beliefs (e.g., stereotypes, cultural narratives, and lay scripts) that aid but also harm effective collaboration, assessments of leadership potential, and the recognition of creative ideas.

Jennifer’s work has been featured in many major media outlets including WSJ, New York Magazine, NPR, CNN, HBR, the Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company. One of her papers, “The Bias Against Creativity,” went viral, was downloaded over 80,000 times and was described as a “famous study” in The Atlantic. She recently published a book “Creative Change: Why We Resist It…How We Can Embrace It,” which was selected as one of Forbes Top 17 Creative Leadership Book Picks for 2017.

Jennifer has published many articles in top journals including: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Discoveries, Management Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Psychological Science. She is currently on the editorial boards of Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology as well as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes – and serves as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Discoveries.

Jennifer previously served on the faculty of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Stern School of Business at New York University and the Yale School of Management. A native Californian, Jennifer enjoys living near family, daily walks on the beach, mountain-biking, and fussing over her dachshund Sammy.

Recent Research

Leading Innovation

In this webinar, two of the world’s leading experts on innovation and creativity, Soren Kaplan and Jennifer Mueller will share insights from their research and consulting with organizations. CEO’s Alec Levenson will lead a lively discussion with Drs. Kaplan and Mueller on how to overcome the cultural barriers and leadership biases to breakthrough innovation.

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