Professor of Management and Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership, Graduate School of Management, UC Davis
Elsbach is a professor of management and expert in organizational behavior. She was named the first recipient of the prestigious Stephen G. Newberry Endowed Chair in Leadership in March 2010. She was a Chancellor’s Fellow at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management from 2000 to 2005 and she currently is the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative for the UC Davis campus. She received her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Stanford University in 1993.
Before entering academia, Professor Elsbach worked as an industrial engineer for the Quaker Oats Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where her office was located next to the Aunt Jemima Butter Syrup line. This arrangement helped solidify her decision to leave the glamour of corporate America for the academy.
Professor Elsbach’s current research focuses on the perception and management of individual and organizational images, identities, and reputations. She has studied these symbolic processes in a variety of contexts ranging from the California cattle industry to the National Rifle Association, and from radical environmentalist groups to Hollywood screenwriters. She has studied the impacts of telecommuting and how firms and employees have dealt with the transformation of the workplace from a traditional office to a “hoteling” environment. Professor Elsbach has published widely in top management journals in her field and has won the Academy of Management Journal’s Best Paper Award and the Outstanding Publication in Organizational Behavior Award for her research on Hollywood story pitching.