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.