Doctoral Student

Wannawiruch Wiruchnipawan

I am a second year PhD student in Organizational Behavior at Harvard University.  My research interests lie at the intersection between leadership, teamwork and creativity.  I investigate interactions between leaders and subordinates in dyadic and team contexts, as well as the effects of different leadership and teamwork styles on creativity.  I also explore if and how pro-social and indigenous values could influence leader-subordinate relationships, team effectiveness, and creative performance.

I graduated from Harvard College in 2010 with an A.B cum laude in Economics, a secondary field in Psychology, and a citation in Chinese.  As a native Thai, I was born in Chachoengsao before moving to Bangkok at the age of 10.  I have a long hard-to-pronounce Thai name-Wannawiruch Wiruchnipawan-and usually go by a shorter catchier one-Fon.  I came to the US years ago and have been actively involved in the Thai community here.  As an undergrad, I led the Harvard Thai Society and received the Yenching scholarship to study intensive Chinese in Beijing.  Prior to starting the Organizational Behavior program, I worked as an undergrad research assistant for Professor Jeff Polzer on research projects relating to teams and diversity.  Over the years I have found multicultural experiences nurturing for leadership development and innovative thinking, the realization of which has steered my research curiosity toward such areas. 

Besides work, I enjoy learning languages, writing blogs, cooking, jogging, listening to music, watching movies, and, recently, learning to play video games.

Presentations

  1. Perceiving Collaborative Potential

    Citation:

    Satterstrom, Patricia, Lisa Kwan, Wannawiruch Wiruchnipawan, and Jeff Polzer. "Perceiving Collaborative Potential." Paper presented at the International Association for Conflict Management Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2011. View Details